To call Sue Ramirez a star is an understatement. She is a credible actress.
She was captivating in last year’s Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi, a Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino entry; she was effectively prim in the Korean comedy Sunshine Family; and was believable as a tactless smartass in the prime TV series, FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano.
Known for initially carrying a wholesome image (which she is not even conscious of), Sue now dares to offer bolder performances. This time, she is, as she described, “isang nakaka-tawang pokpok” in Regal Films’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino entry, Cuddle Weather.
The movie’s poster alone elicits either eye-rolling or eye-popping reactions. There, Sue saddles a shirtless RK Bagatsing with her smooth legs wrapped around the actor’s torso. Provocative, indeed.
In Cuddle Weather, Sue shows a sincere honesty on her take on the lives of rent boys and rent girls. She does not want to sound hypocritical when talking about her character and the movie itself, which she clarifies, as an actually romantic-comedy.
“It’s a movie na daring nga pero not daring in terms of nudity,” Sue explains. “Pero mas dahil sa language, sa mga dialogues ng mga characters sa pelikula na most people will find kumbaga...’yon nga, bastos. Kasi nga we use Tagalog words for sex organs and sex acts, mga gano’n.”
Explaining how she became sensually confident with her leading man during the shoots, she says: “RK and I had a two-day workshop before kami nag-shooting para ma-orient kami with the very frank dialogues na kailangan naming ma-deliver.”
From thereon, Sue had no qualms anymore playing the prostitute role. “Di na po ako talaga nag-dalawang isip. Kase magandang role po kase si Adela Johnson. Binabasa ko pa lang ang script natatawa na ‘ko by myself! Ibang klase siya! The unusual relationship between a call girl and a call boy. So sexy rom-com at saka love story [ito] ng dalawang pokpok.”
Such statement can be pasted to Sue’s honesty and acceptance of the world around her; both being human and an actress. She has the open mind to assert that “prostitution is a profession.”
“People who has this job minsan hahangaan mo din one way or another,” she muses. “Kase biruin mo pinili nila isakripisyo ang katawan pati dangal kase wala nang choice, e. Mabuhay lang sila. Mabuhay lang ang pamilya.”
When asked whether she’d agree for an act to be submitted to congress to legalize prostitution in the Philippines, which is fundamentally a Catholic country, Sue contemplates first and says: “Dapat ba i-legalize? Well…magiging mahaba ang proseso at debates ng mga tao I am sure. I will respect everybody’s opinion. [But] I think whatever people do with themselves and with their bodies, e, it’s up to them, not up to anybody else po, ’yon lang.”
We dare say, very well said.
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