Given the many times he has done love scenes, Derek Ramsay certainly knows his way in and around it.
At a press conference, the actor talked about this “expertise.”
“Each person you work with is different and you really have to be considerate. You have to find out if what you’re doing makes them uncomfortable. Sometimes, you need extra effort talaga,” he said.
Derek also pointed out it’s best to do it right on the first take “para tapos na agad.”
He does it again with leading lady Lovi Poe in their latest movie, Regal Entertainment’s “The Escort.” The actor lauded the actress for being a true professional who went to great lengths to achieve the desired effect in their intimate scenes. For his part, he saw to it that she was protected all the way so that nothing was peeking out and that the scenes come across in good taste.
Does he ever get carried away?
“Big no-no sa akin ’yan,” Derek said. “Nakakatulong din na may ilaw, may mga taong nakatingin, mga vocal cues.”
The actor revealed: “With this one – when we did our love scene – it was different kasi the director allowed us to use music. It was intimate and sexy so it was kinda harder to switch yourself off. Pero ako kasi I won’t start the scene kung hindi ko alam kung kontrolado ko na. I always tell direk, ‘Direk, teka lang, ha.’ Then I just meditate, internalize and go.”
He is thankful none of his leading ladies, past and present, has complained about him taking advantage of them during a love scene.
“Sa dami ng naka-trabaho ko, they all say the same thing, which I appreciate kasi I took a lot of effort din naman to make them feel safe and respected.”
Trust and true love
Derek’s girlfriend isn’t bothered that he sometimes has to disrobe and do love scenes before the cameras.
“Alam niya rin kasi it’s part of the job. Supportive pa nga siya eh. Pinapaalam niya sa mga friends niya kapag may movie ako. ‘Hoy, suportahan ninyo si Derek,’” he said.
He said his GF and Lovi are “friends” from way back, “high school classmates at San Agustin,” he said.
Derek and Lovi have become closer while making the film. He shared that Lovi even sent him photos of her most recent pictorial for a magazine.
“Yes, pinadala pa niya sa akin. We talked about it. That’s how close we became. I was giving her advice about how to handle her career, about what roles to take. Ganoon kami ka-komportable sa isa’t-isa. Sabi niya, ‘I’ll send you the visuals. Tell me what you think.’ Wow, sobrang sexy. Ganoon talaga siya. Kaya ’yung sobrang palaban siya (na sinasabi nila), totoo ’yon.”
One can’t help but notice that Derek gets to romance younger and younger women in his movies. He notices it, too, relating how he’ll be paired with Maja Salvador in his next project.
“It’s true, it’s strange. Of course, it’s an honor that I get paired with young leading ladies. It’s proof na they trust me enough. I mean, hindi naman ako papayag if it looks or feels awkward, kung hindi maganda para sa akin, kung hindi bagay sa partner ko, hindi ko rin tatanggapin.”