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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.

Dec 19, 2018

Sam Milby On Working With Sisters Toni & Alex Gonzaga In 'Mary, Marry Me'. Who's The Better Kisser?

SAM MILBY gained fame when he joined the very first Pinoy Big Brother in 2005. He didn’t win but he became the housemate who is the most successful in cultivating a showbiz career. He was quickly introduced in the movie “Close to You” with Bea Alonzo then given a lead role opposite Toni Gonzaga in “You Are the One” in 2006. It was a hit so they did three more movies: “You Got Me” and “My Big Love” in 2007, then “Ang Tanging Pamilya” in 2009.

Now, they’re together again in the Metro Filmfest entry, “Mary, Marry Me”, along with Toni’s younger sister, Alex Gonzaga. So why did it take so long before they did another movie together? “There were no projects for us kasi,” says Sam. “I was paired with other leading ladies and ganun din si Toni. I think right time lang yung pinagpareha kami uli ngayon na we’ve grown so much as individuals at mas mature and professional na kami.”

After nine years, they finally admitted that they had an MU then or mutual understanding. “MU, but it was never definite, laging gray area at never naging clear ang relationship namin,” adds Sam.

The rumor then, which was never confirmed, was that Toni got terribly jealous because Sam was linked to Anne Curtis and she even went to Anne’s dressing room to confront them about it. “Excuse me,” Toni butts in. “Walang ganun. Yung sinugod ko raw sila. Never nangyari yang urban myth na yan. Never, kasi it’s not in the nature of my personality yung manunugod. My character in real life is not the type na nanunugod ever. Mabait kami ni Sam, wholesome kami.”

Sam agrees with Toni that it’s not true. “I’m not even aware that there’s a rumor that such incident happened,” he says. “In fairness to Toni and me, we’ve maintained our friendship all these years and I’m very happy for her now that she is married and they have a son.”

So how is it working with both Gonzaga sisters? “I’m happy I’m the actor chosen for this role and to be given the chance to work with them together. They’re actually alike in so many ways, but they’re also very different. Toni is very subtle, more tahimik, and Alex is the times ten version of Toni when it comes to being so energetic and naturally funny, always making wisecracks. But both of them are very intelligent actresses and exude so much confidence.”

It’s Alex’ turn to butt in: “But who’s the better kisser between us?”

Sam was stunned and cannot answer so it’s Toni who makes a reply for him to Alex. “Bakit, press ka ba? Bakit nagdaragdag ka ng question? Sam is a gentleman, so hindi niya sasagutin yan.”

The press people who attended the presscon of “Mary, Marry Me” can’t help but keep on laughing because of Alex’ hilarious antics.