Ruffa Gutierrez talks about rivalry with Kris Aquino

November 25, 2008









RUFFA Gutierrez says their entire family felt relieved after her mom Annabelle Rama’s doctor told them that the biopsy on the growth taken from her mom’s uterus is clear of cancer cells. “We’re so happy that wala naman pala dapat ikabahala tungkol sa kanya,” she says. “Naiyak nga ako sa tuwa. Finally, nakalabas na siya ng hospital on Saturday and is back home now. Naglalakad na nga. Gusto ng manood ng fight ni Manny Pacquiao sa Las Vegas. I’m just thankful na si Daddy rin, naagapan sa angioplasty and is back to playing golf.”

Her role as Daniella in “Betty La Fea” got her positive reviews. “I’m really thankful for that. From the start excited na talaga ako with it as I knew I could give it justice. But some friends said I might lose endorsements in playing the role of a contravida. Luckily, people love the character. Even kids approach me and say ‘Are you Daniella?’ I really enjoy doing it so sana tumagal pa siya at ma-extend. I love working with the staff and the entire cast, lalo na sina Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz who have no superstar complex at all. I’m also proud of Megan Young, who plays my sister. Kasi she’s much younger than the age of her character, Marcella, but she’s good in it.”

Even her performance in “Desperadas 1″ and “Monster Mom” got good reviews. “I can feel I’ve matured na rin as an actress, especially in ‘Desperadas 2′ now na mas lovable na ang role ko as Isabelle at hindi na basta spoiled brat. But I wish I’d someday get a real meaty and challenging part na hindi glamorous ang role ko. Yung wala akong make-up at mukhang probinsiyana. I’m just thankful I got the chance to work with the great Lino Brocka. At 14, I was nominated as best actress for his movie, ‘Makiusap Ka sa Diyos’.”

But most challenging roles are now done in indie movies. Would she be open to do one? “Yes, why not? As long as it’ll showcase a different Ruffa at magiging panlaban sa iba’t ibang international film festivals.”

How come she rejected having a kissing scene with Jay-R in “Desperadas 2″? “Kasi I believe I can show that I love him and grateful to him in the film by just giving him a tight hug. Also, nag-iingat na rin ako. My daughters are growing up and I don’t want them asking me why I’m kissing another man. Isa pa, baka mapanood ni Yilmaz at magkaroon na naman ng gulo. E, he’s a sleeping giant now, ‘no?”

Won’t that limit her as an actress? “I’m willing naman to do a love scene in a serious drama, but it has to be worth it and it’d give me the chance to win an award. E, alam ko namang my role in ‘Desperadas 2′ is not pang-award.”

While Ruffa is being interviewed, her daughter Lorin called her up on her cellphone asking her what time she’s coming home, where is she and who is she with. “Mahigpit pa yan sa mommy ko at kay Yilmaz combined,” she laughs.

Viewers of “The Buzz” are always eager to know what she and Kris Aquino will wear in the show. Isn’t there any rivalry between them? “I really love having Kris with us now kasi I’m more challenged to do my best as it’s undeniable that she’s the Queen of Talk. I love our team work and also with Boy Abunda. Wala kaming patalbugan as we give way to each other. Kris would even text me before each show to find out what I’m wearing para well coordinated kami. She’s really considerate, intelligent and I like her as a person. I think she also likes me kasi she has included me in her devotional prayers. Madasalin kasi siya, e.”

Ruffa says 2008 has been very good her. “‘Desperadas 1″ was shown starting January 1st this year and it’s a hit kaya, heto, may sequel ngayon that opens naman on Christmas Day. I also did ‘Monster Mom’ so naka-three movies ako this year. I also did ‘Kokey’ and now, ‘Betty La Fea’, at may ‘The Buzz’ pa ko. I have so many endorsements kaya I’m in the list of top 20 endorsers at marami, nag-renew na. I really thank the Lord and I hope 2009 will be just as fruitful as 2008.”

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