Gerald Anderson makes Ivana Alawi feel safe during love scenes

Gerald Anderson and Ivana Alawi share love scenes in Kapamilya's drama A Family Affair. (Photos from Instagram accounts of Gerald Anderson and Ivana Alawi)
Gerald Anderson and Ivana Alawi share love scenes in Kapamilya's drama A Family Affair. (Photos from Instagram accounts of Gerald Anderson and Ivana Alawi)

Gerald Anderson, who stars in the upcoming Kapamilya drama, A Family Affair, says that he tried to create a "safe" environment for co-star Ivana Alawi during their love scenes.

“Stressful ’tsaka mahirap yung ginagawa namin (and what we’re doing is challenging). At the end of the day, I think the important thing was to make your co-actors feel comfortable and relaxed during the taping,” he told The Philippine Star.

“After you’ve done a project, siyempre gusto natin sabihin nila na we gave our best performance. But when you hear your co-actors say na, ‘OK si Ge kasama, masaya siyang kasama,’ mas masarap pakinggan yun,” he added.

(After you’ve done a project, of course we want them to say that we gave our best performance. But when you hear your co-actors say, ‘It’s OK to work with Ge, it’s a joy to be with him,’ it’s better to hear that. )

Regarding his co-star Alawi, Anderson said, “I’m not sure what was going through her mind. As a woman, (the scene was) medyo sensitive (for her). (As her co-actor), gusto mong gawing safe yung environment for her.”

(I’m not sure what was going through her mind. As a woman, the scene was quite sensitive for her. As her co-star, you want to make the environment safe for her.)

Gerald Anderson stars in Kapamilya's drama A Family Affair. (Photo from Instagram account of Gerald Anderson)
Gerald Anderson plays one of four brothers pursuing the same woman in A Family Affair. (Photo from Instagram account of Gerald Anderson)

Anderson plays Paco Estrella in A Family Affair, one of four brothers who are pursuing the same girl, Cherry Red, who's played by Alawi. The other brothers are portrayed by Sam Milby, Jake Ejercito and Jameson Blake.

He further explained, “Medyo exposed siya in a way na talagang mahirap talaga siya bilang isang babae. It was our job (with director Jerome Pobocan) na alalayan siya and make sure na feeling niya safe siya. Nagpatugtog ng music si direk on her request and get on with the scene. Inalalayan ko siya para hindi ma-overexpose.”

(She is a bit exposed in a way that's really difficult for a woman. It was our job [with director Jerome Pobocan] to support her and make sure she felt safe. The director played music on her request and we got on with the scene. I supported her so that she will not be overexposed.)

Anderson said that he tried to bring something fresh in his role for the audience, especially during intimate scenes. “Even the simple act like pagtingin sa kanya, or kung aanuhin ko yung buhok niya or hahawakan ko yung balikat niya. It should always be different from previous projects. That was the challenge kung medyo sunod-sunod yung trabaho,” he said.

(Even the simple act like looking at her, or stroking her hair or touching her shoulder. It should always be different from previous projects. That was the challenge if work was consecutive.)

A Family Affair was directed by Raymund Ocampo and will premiere soon on Kapamilya Channel.

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