As the daughter of Fernando Poe Jr., aka “The King of Philippine Movies” (or Da King for short), now Kapamilya actress Lovi Poe feels the calling to participate in action-packed projects in her blood. It’s evident in how she efficiently portrayed Iris Castillo-del Rosario in the Philippine adaptation of the hit K-drama series Flower Of Evil.
“Siguro nasa dugo talaga kasi nga matagal ko ng gustong gumawa ng mga ganitong klaseng eksena and a part of me that I feel it has something to do with him,” she said during an media conference.
Lovi is also very vocal about her desire to participate in any reboot or rendition of Ang Panday. The original version of the film, released in 1980, stars her father and proves why he deserves the title of King in movies and action.
With Flower of Evil, Lovi had a taste of doing stunts herself, and the production team did not hold back on her account. One feat, in particular, challenged Lovi to bring out her A-game on set, as it took three days to shoot.
The actress even said that among all the scenes they shot, the one where her character dives into the pool to save Jacob del Rosario (Piolo Pascual) left an impression on her because of its complexity.
“Madugong-madugo ‘yung pag-film namin doon because there was one time na we had to do it na naka-harness ako without the water. Tapos there was a another day na underwater talaga and nakaka-stress kasi si Papa P nasa ilalim siya ng tubig at binibigyan na lang siya ng oxygen sa ilalim ng nakatali siya,” Lovi said.
Her task was to untie Piolo’s hands from the bonds, no easy feat done underwater. Eventually, they shot the scene and gained praise from the viewers. Meanwhile, Lovi commends everyone who worked on the sequence, especially those who worked the camera and did their magic in those circumstances.
“Doon mo makikita kung gaano ka-dedicated sa trabaho ang lahat, even our cameramen who had to shoot under water as well. It’s just like everything was memorable to me kasi doon mo makikita lahat was game to do it,” she said.
Before shooting the scene, Lovi received a fair warning from their director, telling her to prepare. Nonetheless, she didn’t expect it would be that intense.
Yet one part of the experience that left Lovi weak was encountering Piolo for the first time. In Flower Of Evil, they portrayed a husband and wife, and they had to be comfortable around each other to be convincing.
At first, Lovi was nervous about working with an actor she had looked up to and couldn’t even meet Piolo’s eyes during their workshop. Eventually, Piolo made her feel safe and comfortable around his presence so they could do their scenes smoothly.
Flower Of Evil is just the beginning of a different chapter in Lovi’s career. There’s more in store for Lovi as she teases another project soon. In the meantime, fans will have to wait before she makes the announcement.