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An ‘abs’-olute must

Actor Derek Ramsay says he only shows skin in projects that really say something



While some people see Derek Ramsay as hunk actor, he actually has proven versatility over and above the sexy physique.

“It sometimes annoys me na parang iyon lang (sexy body ko) ang hinahabol (makita). What if wala na itong mga abs ko or katawan ko, hindi na ba ako papanoorin sa talent ko umarte? There was a point where sabi ko na baka I can stop doing movies like this and that’s why I jumped into rom-com for a bit,” Derek said at the press conference of Regal Entertainment’s movie “The Escort.”

Derek Ramsay (Photo by Bhenj Agustin) /

Derek Ramsay (Photo by Bhenj Agustin)

Derek is known for his sexy movies, such as “No Other Woman,” “A Secret Affair,” and “Ex With Benefits,” among others. He also tried doing romantic-comedy movies, such as “Love Is Blind” and “English Only, Please,” where he showed his other side and won as Best Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival. The award made him more confident as actor and motivated him to further improve in his craft.

“So I was like, ‘Who cares what people say if they like to treat me like a piece of meat? I guess I’ve proven that I do have a talent and I do belong in this industry.’ And when I was recognized for it, it was much appreciated. It kind of motivated me again to better myself,” Derek said.

He added, “Ito sexy na naman pero ang ganda ng story.”

It seems like there’s no stopping Derek from doing sexy movies as long it has a great story. He is even willing to do frontal nudity in a scene if needed, especially if it’s an indie film for a festival abroad.

“The sexy films that I have done, they all have good stories. So that’s not just a movie about taking your shirt off. It’s not like a fashion show of our bodies. Lovi and I keep ourselves fit. We work hard. We do it for health reasons. So all the movies I’ve done, I love the stories behind it. I’m not sick of doing movies that involve me getting sexy,” he said.


Asked if he enjoys showing off his abs or something to that effect, he said, “Nalayo nga ako sa sexy for awhile. I did ‘Love Is Blind,’ hindi naman ’yung sexy, hindi nga ako naghubad ng shirt doon eh. I also did “English Only, Please.’ If you look at the moves that I did na may sexy scenes, they all have good stories. ’Yung tumatak nga sa ‘No Other Woman,’ ’yung mga lines. Doon din nauso ’yung mga ganyang klaseng pelikula. Then “A Secret Affair,” mabigat din story noon.”

In “The Escort,” he acted alongside Lovi Poe, Christopher de Leon and Jean Garcia. Working with Christopher, Derek admitted feeling nervous but he also learned a lot from the veteran actor.

“In my scenes with him, talagang pawis na pawis ’yung kamay ko. Talagang nininerbiyos ako, sobrang intense niya kasi,” he said.

“The Escort,” classified R-13 without cuts by the MTRCB, sees Derek play Xyruz, an ex-escort who falls for Yassi, who is a breadwinner played by Lovi. The movie shows intimate scenes of Derek and Lovi, as well as those of Lovi and Christopher, and Derek and Jean.
Among actresses he has worked with, Derek finds Lovi the sexiest.

“No matter time what of the year, ganoon talaga ang katawan niya, sobrang sexy,” he said. “Tapos mahusay pang umarte, daring, willing to try new things.

What are their similarities?

“Pareho kaming kulay, we’re both dark skinned,” he said, adding, “Although ’yung girlfriend ko maputi and ’yung exes ko, I find darker women sexy.”

“The Escort” also stars Rommel Padilla, Jackie Lou Blanco, Dimples Romana, and Albie Casino. (With report from Bhenj Agustin)

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