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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 9, 2016

Chynna Ortaleza Back After Giving Birth To Baby Girl, Finds Hubby Kean Cipriano Very Funny As Gay Designer In 'That Thing Called Tanga Na''

CHYNNA ORTALEZA showed up at Regal Valencia with hubby Kean Cipriano for the last presscon of “That Thing Called Tanga Na” before it opens in theaters today. She looks “dalaga” again and doesn’t show any sign that she just gave birth to their baby girl, named Stellar. She’s ready to make a comeback. “I just renewed my contract with GMA at bibigyan na raw ako ng bagong soap,” she says.

So how is it to be a mom? “It’s a very rewarding experience and being a mother is a role of a lifetime. I feel so complete now.”

How does she feel about hubby Kean playing a gay role in “That Thing Called Tanga Na”? “Ang galing niya. Naaliw akong panoorin siya, silang lahat sa cast. It’s a fun movie. Tama si Mother Lily in saying that this is her tribute to the members of the LGBT community.”

It’s the first time for Kean to play a swishy gay. “I’ve played a gay priest before in ‘Echorsis’ but closeta yung character ko roon. Unlike here in ‘That Thing Called Tanga Na’, girl na girl ang projection ko as CC, a fashion designer who owns a clothing company na very possessive sa jowa niyang si Ken Alfonso. Gumawa pa siya ng wedding gown na susuotin niya kapag nag-same sex marriage sila, not knowing na may ibang babae palang balak na pakasalan si Ken, played by Korean actress Son Yung Kuk. Pero bukod doon, inaahas din niya ang mismong husband ng best niyang si Angeline Quinto, played by newcomer Timothy Yap. So panoorin nyo kung paano siya magpakatanga dahil sa pag-ibig.”

Didn’t he have second thoughts about accepting the role? “Pinag-isipan ko muna kung maitatawid ko ba yung character. So nag-research ako and I thought, kaya ko naman ito, so I did it. Pati delivery ng lines ko, ginawa kong malandi. And surprisingly, nag-enjoy ako, pati yung mga kasama ko sa cast na sina Eric Quizon, Martin Escudero and Billy Crawford. In between takes, swardspeak na nga kami kung mag-usap sa isa’t isa para lagi kaming in character.”

Wouldn’t playing a gay role tarnish his image as the rocker vocalist of Callalily? “Wala namang kinalaman yung pagiging actor ko when I sing my songs. I do live gigs and I also act in films. Those are two different things.”

What does he think of same sex marriage? “I have no issue with that. It’s a matter of sexual preference. If I prefer women and you prefer men, same sex, it’s all the same. At the end of the day, it boils down to love.”