“The Mistress is very important to me,” says Diretor Olivia Lamasan

“This film is very important to me kasi naging parte ako ng 10 years ng John Lloyd-Bea love team. Isa ako sa bumuo sa kanilang love team in the 2002 TV hit ‘Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay,’ which was the launching teleserye of John Lloyd,” Director Olivia Lamasan said of her stars in “The Mistress.”

“Sa tatlong babae noon na pinagpilian naming ipartner sa kanya, I chose Bea Alonzo, who was only 14 years old at that time but we made her play the role of a 24-year-old lawyer,” Lamasan added.

John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo’s love team celebrates its 10th anniversary with this Star Cinema’s daring film that will bring Filipino moviegoers close to the obscure life of the other woman, a married man’s secret lover, or known as “The Mistress.” It will hit cinemas on September 12 (Wednesday).

Direk Olive said she is proud of how John Lloyd and Bea mature as artists, “I saw them grew up–from chubby Bea and chubby Lloydi hanggang nagdalaga si Bea at nagbinata si John Lloyd.”

“Natutuwa ako kasi nagkatotoo talaga ‘yung sinabi namin ni Charo (Santos-Concio) that si John Lloyd will be one of the great actors in Philippine cinema and si Bea din, she has grown to become one of the great actresses that we have,” the director added.

Being a self-confessed fan of John Lloyd-Bea love team, Direk Olive considers doing “The Mistress” a great deal. “It is an honor for me to transition them to more adult roles. This film, as far as I’m concerned, ang maghahatid sa kanila doon sa pagganap ng mas matatapang at mas adult na characters.”

“Interesting siya kasi marami naman talagang nasa sitwasyon na ganyan. But it was never an intention to be controversial,” shared Direk Olive. “When it was conceptualized it was simply about a story of a man who falls in love with a woman who happens to be a mistress. We also got interested in what kind of a mistress or a woman this mistress is to be worthy of this man’s love.”

But what makes “The Mistress” more fascinating is the love triangle among Sari (Bea), the mistress; Rico (Ronaldo Valdez), the benefactor; and JD (John Lloyd) persistent admirer. “In every love triangle, it becomes more interesting kung parang level ‘yung competition ng ka-triangle,” she added. “What’s also appealing about the film is that kuwento siya ng flawed characters. All of them are flawed but all of them have a heart and in getting to know them, you would symphatize and emphatize with them.”

Joining the cast of “The Mistress” is multi-awarded actress Hilda Koronel who plays the character of Regina, Rico’s legal wife. It also stars Anita Linda, Carmi Martin, Tony Mabesa, K Brosas, Gabe Mercado, Minnie Aguilar, Nor Domingo, and Clarence Delgado.

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