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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.

Jul 11, 2021



LOVI POE and her manager, Leo Dominguez, hosted their own zoom presscon for her new movie with Vivamax, “The Other Wife”, as many writers chose not to go to their face-to-face presscon held in Botejyu Pasig. 

Even its PR, Ian Farinas, missed that event, still scared of going out because of the new Covid delta variant. 

Lovi is currently in Ilocos doing a new movie with Carlo Aquino for Regal Entertainment when she appeared in the zoom presscon. 

In “The Other Wife”, she plays the wronged wife of Joem Bascon who is so brazen that he even brought his paramour, Ren Escano, to live with Lovi in the same house. 

It starts streaming on VivaMax starting July 16.

She has done several films about infidelity like “The Annulment” and “The Significant Other”. So how is this different from those?

“This is very different kasi it’s not really just about infidelity, it’s a psycho thriller. 

"Actually, when I first got the script, sabi ko, if it’s another illicit affair movie, tama na muna kasi ang dami ko ng nagawang ganyan. 

"Tapos with Joem Bascon pa, na siya ring kapareha ko sa ‘The Annulment’. Hesitant talaga ako noong una, but after reading the script, ibang-iba siya, my character starts as naive and gullible then may arc siya, nagbago siya. 

"It’s an acting piece, so I said I want to do it. It’s not just another affair movie, but that’s all I can say now. 

"I don’t want to spoil it. Basta I gave my all in ‘The Other Wife’ at na-stress nga ako watching myself in this film.”

But why did she accept it when she’s not even playing the title role as it’s Ren Escano who plays ‘The Other Wife’? 

“I cannot answer that kasi you have to watch the movie in full to find out why. But Ren is okay here, and also Joem, so I’m grateful to work with them kasi kaming tatlo lang characters na inikutan ng movie.”

In the trailer, she is shown stabbing someone with a pair of scissors. So is this a violent film? 

“You know, what i love about the trailer is it didn’t give away the whole story like some movies na, trailers pa lang, alam mo na ang buong nangyari. 

"Here, it just whets the viewer’s appetite for them to feel curious as to what really transpired in the film.” 

How is it working with a relatively new director like Prime Cruz? Has she seen his past films?  

“I’ve seen his ‘Manananggal’ movie and he’s great. On the set, he’s very straight to the point, but he gives me the freedom to do what I want to do with my character. 

"Very open siya and when he’s happy with what’s we’re doing, he just lets us be in front of the camera.”

How does her boyfriend Montgromery Blencowe react when he’s watching her sexy films? 

“He’s very understanding naman. He knows I’m doing a lot of films, so we seldom see each other. 

"But actually, he has never seen my films, except ‘Woke Up Like This’, kasi comedy naman yun. 

"I don’t want him to see me kissing someone else kasi I myself, I find it awkward while I dub my movies with kissing scenes. I close my eyes.” 

So what’s her next project with GMA-7 after “Owe My Love”? 

“Nothing has been ironed out yet. As of now, I’m just busy doing movies, then I have to go back to the U.S. where I just recorded a new song, ‘Lost’.”  

How does she feel that her new movie, “The Other Wife”, is just being shown on a streaming channel and not in an actual theatre? 

“I’m sad about it and I wish we could all go back to theaters, but I’m just happy to be able to finish a new film in the midst of the pandemic and it’s being shown in a new platform.”