Now marking her 50th year in the entertainment industry, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos said she has already “graduated” from being paired with actors to produce chemistry on-screen.
Santos said her latest project, horror-suspense film “The Healing,” reflects that actors’ chemistry on-screen comes in all forms and isn’t particular to romantic portrayals.
The Chito Roño-directed film teams her up with young actress Kim Chiu, who Santos personally hand-picked to co-star with her in the film.
“Sa panahon ngayon meron ka namang ibang chemistry, hindi naman siguro uso ngayong kailangang may ka-loveteam ka pa. Kumbaga graduate na ako doon.
“Every time may ino-offer silang movie, unang-una ko munang tanong – ano ba ang istorya? Pangalawa, sinong makakasama? Because at this point in time, it’s not the love team eh. Ang importante, sino ‘yung pwede kong makasama na magkakaroon ako ng chemistry,” Santos said.
During her heyday, Santos was paired on-screen with various leading men, most notably former actor Edgar Mortiz, with whom she starred in 25 films; actor Christopher de Leon, with whom she had 23 films; and former matinee idol Jay Ilagan, with whom she starred in 12 films.
Of her many “love teams,” Santos and Mortiz famously became real-life sweethearts. The woman dubbed “Star for All Seasons” recounts, Mortiz was only one among her many suitors at the time.
“Nu’ng kabataan ko, siyempre maraming manliligaw, natural naman ‘yon, kaya lang nasa sa’yo naman ‘yun kung magpapaloko ka. Ibig ko sabihin, kasi lahat naman pwede kang ligawan, nasa showbusiness ako ‘di ba, so nasa sa’yo ‘yun kung, excuse the word, makakalusot.
“Pero kasi sa ganoon, conscious naman ako eh. Alam mo ‘yung totoo’t hindi, alam mo ‘yung humahanga lang sa’yo dahil ka-love team mo or humahanga sa’yo dahil you’re doing a film,” Santos said. (MNS)