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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.

Jan 24, 2022




DIEGO LOYZAGA is still in the U.S.A. when he attended the zoom presscon of his latest film with Vivamax, “The Wife”. 

He has done many films for Vivamax before like the sexy thrillers “Death of a Girlfriend” and “House Tour”, the comedy “Bekis on the Run”, the romantic drama “Dulo”, and the adaptation of the Koreanovela “Encounter”. 

He now does a serious drama, “The Wife”, where he plays the role of a philandering husband.

“I enjoyed doing it kasi different level of heavy drama ang script nito,” he says. “My wife is Louise de los Reyes, then I met my former kababata and best friend, played by Cara Gonzales. 

"Matagal kaming di nagkita then when we meet again, she’s very aggressive, and we have an affair. My wife learns about it, and me as the cheating husband, nagkasakit naman ako. 

"Very challenging ang role ko and maraming heartbreaking scenes. We have to make pagpag after each scene para hindi mo maiuwi ng bahay.”

How is it working with Louise? 

“We’ve worked before in ‘Encounter’ but si Cristine Reyes ang kapareha ko roon. Si Louise is really magaling. I saw how she works and she’s a great actress kasi she knows her character very well. 

"In our dramatic confrontation scenes, she’s giving 100 percent of herself all the time and we get carried away sa mga eksena.”

How about Cara Gonzales? 

“First time ko to work with Cara and we have sexy bed scenes. I would talk to her before doing each scene to ask how can we do our scenes better. 

"Some scenes, we have to repeat and repeat until we get it right. For the first time, I agreed to show my entire backside in a love scene. 

"Our director is a woman and she explained me she’d handle the scene. Nagustuhan ko naman kasi maayos, very tasteful so I agreed to do the butt exposure scene. ”

Their director, Denise O’Hara was very supportive in guiding him and Cara in their difficult scenes.

“I’m really thankful that Direk Denise explains to us, not only sa sexy scenes but sa drama scenes, if she wants us to do more or do less fo a scene. I really appreciate it when she tells us to put more effort here or bawasan mo rito. 

"I think nagawa naman namin nang maayos. The rapport between us ng two co-stars ko was really good and we did even our love scenes professionally.” 

His films with Vivamax were all done by a male or gay director. How is it being helmed by a female director for the first time? 

“It’s ok. I noticed and felt na mas maalaga si Direk Denise. In my family, I’m surrounded by women and I like the maternal vibe of Direk Denise and her cinematographer, Ms. Lee.  

"I’m at home with both of them. Direk Denise is very encouraging when she likes your work, so I really trusted her. 

"But she’s also very open about her feelings when she’s not happy at pinauulit niya yung ginawa mo. Pero hindi siya nagagalit at all. She’s a sweetheart.” 

A lot of people were surprised when he suddenly flew to the USA before Christmas and tongues started wagging, saying he has broken up with girlfriend Barbie Imperial after he was linked to AJ Raval, which he quickly denied. 

“Barbie is not with me because this US trip was not planned at all,” he says. “I booked my ticket today, then I left the next day. 

"It’s easy for me kasi I have a blue passport from Australia, which doesn’t require a U.S. visa, and Barbie can’t come with me kasi wala siyang US visa. 

"It’s my first time in the U.S. After making one movie after another, I just felt I deserve this break.” 

In the U.S., he first went to the East Coast to visit New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. Then he flew to the West Coast and is now with friends in L.A. He is enjoying his stay there but he will definitely return soon.  

“When I come back, tatapusin ko pa yung movie ko with Nadine Lustre, ‘Greed’, directed by Yam Laranas,” he says.