Richard, Marian mark second team-up with passionate kisses

FUNFARE - Ricky Lo - The Philippine Star


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Last seen in a movie (Regal Films’ My Best Friend’s Girlfriend) five years ago and in a TV show (GMA’s Extra Challenge) recently, Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera are back together in a movie, Regal Films/GMA Films’ My Lady Boss (showing nationwide starting on Wednesday, April 10).

“Naging masaya ang samahan namin ni Marian,” said Richard, “and we’re comfortable and relaxed with each other. We can laugh together even after shooting a dramatic scene. We can talk about everything. She’s professional and she loves her job, even if she lacked sleep. Ang taas ng energy niya; I don’t know where she got it.”

Returning Richard’s compliment, Marian added, “For the first time, pumayag na akong makipag-kissing kay Richard, not just once or twice but many times…maraming takes. We don’t hide anything from each other, napaka-open namin sa lahat ng bagay. By that, I mean lahat ng puwede namin pag-usapan.”

In the romance-dramedy directed by Jade Castro, Marian plays a strict lady boss referred to by her employees as “Queen of Hell,” and Richard plays Marian’s assistant brand manager. At odds in the beginning, they end up as lovers.

Of course, everybody knows that Marian and Richard are both spoken for, she with Dingdong Dantes and he with, well, with a girl who’s miles away and making Richard oh-so lovesick. (Is she going to surprise Richard with a special gift when she comes back before end of the year?)

They are like Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon, and John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo whose love team clicks even if their romance is make-believe, credibly so. It’s the chemistry and the kilig factor, yes!

“Before, pa-smack-smack lang,” Richard said about his and Marian’s kissing scene in their first movie. “Now, our love scenes are more passionate, more daring.”

Asked how many kissing scenes they have in My Lady Boss, Richard said, “Di ko mabilang.”

“Basta marami,” volunteered Marian, “kasi gusto ni direk Jade shot from different angles, kaya paulit-ulit.”

It’s presumed that neither of them has to ask the permission of their respective partners.

“Once the cameras start rolling,” explained Marian, “siempre, hindi na ako si Marian at si Richard hindi na si Richard. We are already the characters we are playing.”

Incidentally, Richard and Marian spent the Holy Week apart from each other, understandably. Richard was in Cebu with the rest of the Gutierrezes and they helped campaign for his mom, Annabelle Rama, who’s running for congress. Marian and Dingdong were in Japan where they visited all the places they had been wanting to see, including seeing the ephemeral Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in full bloom.

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