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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.

Nov 2, 2016

Jasmine Curtis Smith Didn't Hesitate To Accept Playing A Lesbian In A Cinema One Entry Opposite Louise De Los Reyes

JASMINE CURTIS SMITH plays a lesbian for the first time in “Baka Bukas”, an entry in the Cinema One Originals Filmfest that starts in theaters on November 14, written and directed by Samantha Lee. Did she feel any reluctance in accepting the role?

“No, I feel kasi na although the LGBT community is accepted, it’s the gay men who are mostly recognized,” she says “What about lesbians? It seems pagdating sa lesbians, there’s so much taboo and people are not comfortable with it. Bakit ganun? We need to make people more comfortable with it, to accept them through articles, through films, kaya I didn’t hesitate to accept ‘Baka Bukas’. Malaya mo, baka bukas nga, accepted na rin sila.”

So how is it working with a newbie director like Samantha Lee, who’s lesbian? “It’s a great experience. She knows what she’s doing and everyone on the set, from the director of photography, the production designer and lahat sila, they’re also part of the LGBT community and we all really stuck to what we want to deliver for the film.”

Her love interest in the movie is Louise de los Reyes who comes from GMA-7 and who failed to show up at the Cinema One presscon. How is it working with Louise? “Okay, wala kaming naging problema. Wala naman sigurong dapat maging problem kahit tagasaang network ka pa. Nakachikahan ko siya nang bongga and we got along really well. She’s an easy person to work with.”

She admits she has a love scene with Louise, but she would not want to discuss it in detail. “Just watch it na lang kasi hindi magandang basta ikuwento lang.”

Off cam, Jasmine is very much in a relationship with Jeff Ortega, who comes from the political clan of the Ortegas in La Union and is a certified Level One surfing instructor in La Union Surfing School.
“Mabait siya,” she says. “He really made an effort para makilala siya ng buong family namin.”
It’s said her whole family, especially her Ate Anne, is much more in favor of Jeff than they are of her first BF, Sam Concepcion, who, it’ll be remembered, Anne had a conflict in a bar before.