Director Sigrid Bernardo in awe of how Xian and Cristine did it
Director Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo has disclosed how Xian Lim and Cristine Reyes prepared for their intimate scenes in the suspense-thriller drama “Untrue.”
First off, the lead stars talked about and then rehearsed every move. They were careful not to go beyond the limitations they’ve set for themselves and not to show body parts.
Despite that those turned out to be much-talked scenes in the movies, the director said “Untrue” is not about sex.
“‘Yung sex ay part lang siya ng kwento,” she said. “Hindi siya ‘yung parang papanoorin natin ang ‘Untrue; dahil sa sex. Definitely it’s a sex scene at hindi siya make out scene—it’s a sex scene.”
“Untrue” revolves around the story of a bruised and beaten wife named Mara (Cristine), who seeks the help of Georgian police against her husband Joachim (Xian). In this he said-she said film, truths, lies and the dark past will be uncovered.
Sigrid said Cristine and Xian were professional throughout filming. This was especially helpful as the movie was shot entirely in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Suffice it to say, Sigrid was satisfied with the outcome.
“Sobrang silang sumunod sa akin,” she said. “I’m thankful for my actors na sinusunod nila ako.”
Another thing that impressed Sigrid was how Cristine and Xian met the physical requirements of their roles. In “Untrue,” the two were required to undergo a physical transformation — Xian had to gain weight, Cristine had to cut her hair and dye it red.
“Tinapat ko sila na they have to look the part if they really want the role. And physical transformation is very important to me. So sabi ko Xian should gain 20 pounds kasi masyado siyang gwapo, masyadong pang model, masyadong malinis,” she shared. “‘Yung kay Cristine naman sabi ko hindi ako papayag na wig. And very happy ako na sobrang dedicated sila.”
The two also underwent 10-day workshop. Sigrid explained this was necessary as they have to build a closeness akin to husband and wife as the roles they play in “Untrue.”
It’s not as if only the actors did their homework. Sigrid, on her part, watched Xian’s and Cristine’s performances in previous films, taking note of their mannerisms as actors.
“So from eyes and facial expression, iniba ko para sa ‘Untrue,’” she revealed.
“I’m very proud of Xian’s performance. Siguro if napanuod mo na ‘yung ibang pelikula ni Xian tapos papanoorin mo ‘to, iba eh. Nakita mo naman trailer pa lang very proud na ako. Hindi dahil biased ako. Nakaka-proud na makita mo ‘yung growth. From workshop, nag-grow siya.”
Here’s a rhetorical question: Is she a perfectionist?
“Oo. Dapat lahat naman tayo we should aim for perfection.”