“It felt so real.”
That’s what Janine Gutierrez and Lovi Poe had to say about their kissing scene in the upcoming iWantTFC series “Sleep With Me” helmed by Samantha Lee.
During the show’s media conference held last August 4, Janine and Lovi shared their honest thoughts about filming the love scene of their respective characters, Harry and Luna, in the queer romance series.
“‘Yung pagkasulat niya, it’s not what you would expect na parang scandalous love scene. It felt so real, ‘yung pagkasulat,” Janine said.
She further explained, “You know when you meet someone, parang starting to date pa lang. Merong shyness, may awkwardness, merong nagbabanggaan. It’s those things that you don’t usually see in love scenes. And I love that Sam wrote it that way. Parang eto ‘yun eh, it’s not glamorous, like hair in the wind. Sa totoong buhay ba, ganun?”
“I think this is the love scene na talagang makakarelate kayo,” Janine addressed viewers.
Meanwhile, Lovi echoed Janine’s sentiments and added that “showcasing love” is ultimately the point of the whole series, including the kissing scene.
“As much as possible, we wanna show sincerity in every scene, including this. Kasi a love scene isn’t just a love scene… it’s not something that is there because you want to turn someone on. You’re showcasing love here,” Lovi stressed.
“The beauty of ‘Sleep With Me’ is that it really showcases love and it was just beautifully done. And it felt so real because ‘yun nga, the awkwardness and the laughter when you first kiss someone, which is nice,” she said.
Despite the “awkwardness” they hoped to convey in the scene, Janine asserted that she felt completely at ease with her co-star.
“Actually, I felt kind of chill, because I know Lovi has done a lot of love scenes, so I was thinking na, ‘Okay, keri lang ‘to.’ And I feel safe with Lovi, parang ‘yun kasi ‘yung concern ko always if there’s a love scene or a kissing scene,” she shared.
“I owe that comfort to Lovi and Direk for making the set so comfortable. Walang gulatan. It’s girls, you feel safe, so I really owe that to them,” she added.
Direk Sam also spoke highly of Janine and Lovi’s professionalism: “Sobrang blessing na they’re both super capable and professional actors.”
"Sleep With Me” follows the story of Harry (Janine), a radio DJ who works night shifts and offers relationship advice on her show, and Luna (Lovi), a woman who has a rare sleeping disorder.
Jointly produced by Dreamscape Entertainment, Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, and iWantTFC, the series will premiere on iWantTFC on August 15.
You can watch Lovi, Janine, and Direk Sam talk about the kissing scene below:
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