Xian Lim and Coleen Garcia show their sensuous side in the daring film “Sin Island,” and they’ve got nothing to hide, not even from their sweethearts.
It is the fourth time Coleen has played a sultry role. She considers herself fortunate to have a fiancé like Billy Crawford, who understands that doing sexy scenes is just part of her job as actress.
“I guess, sanay na rin siya (Billy) na ginagawa ko ‘yung mga ganitong roles,” she said at a press conference. “Actually, the hardest part kasi was when I did my first (sexy) movie. Pero ngayon, kumbaga nakasanayan na din niya.”
Coleen said Billy is very supportive of her career. No, nothing will change even when she assumes his last name sometime this year.
“Alam niyang ito ang passion ko at sinusuportahan niya ako all the way. Wala akong narinig sa kanya na ‘Oh, last na’to ha.’ Ako naman, basta maganda ang material, game ako palagi.”
Xian, on the other hand, said he won’t feel awkward if his rumored girlfriend Kim Chiu watches his daring scenes in the film. The actor shared they agreed from the start not to meddle with each other’s career decisions.
“Masaya kami when we get to express ourselves every time na may ginagawa kaming projects. Du’n kasi nabe-burn up ‘yung passion namin (sa pag-arte),” he explained.
Xian is known for his good boy image. So, “Sin Island” is definitely a bold step towards doing more mature rules.
And it seems the fans continue to rally behind him, with or without clothes on.
“They are very understanding. Kumbaga wala naman naging misunderstanding sa parte ko at sa parte ng mga sumusuporta sa akin,” he said. “Palagi ko naman po sinasabi na, gusto ko mag-tackle as many as characters possible. In terms of genre, yes, I can say this is the most mature role I’d ever done but I think it made me grow as actor.”
Will he do another sexy turn soon?
“If it’s gonna open more opportunities for me, why not? After all, I’m an actor,” he shot back.
In the story, David (Xian) and Anika (Coleen) are happily married. That’s until her adulterous affair ruins their relationship, prompting him to start his own affair with Tasha, portrayed by Nathalie Hart.
Nathalie is not new to doing delicate scenes. Think Joel Lamangan’s film “Siphayo.
“Before, nu’ng when I was just starting in ‘Siphayo,’ talagang I almost backed-out dahil sa sexy scenes,” she recalled. “But I love Tito Joel so much and I think the film opened more opportunities for me. Right now, it is easier for me (to do sexy scenes) dahil may history na ako eh. Hindi na ako naiiyak sa toilet (over doing one), it’s like ‘Sisiw na lang.’”
Given that Xian is a first-timer in this genre, Nathalie said she advised him to just do his thing, be comfortable—and leave the rest up to her.
“Since he is a first-timer, it also served as a challenge for me to push myself a little bit,” she explained. “Kasi in shooting, I was like ‘Gusto kong matapos ang araw.’ So I did my part, I believe kapag ginawa ko ‘yun, madadala ko din ‘yung tao.So sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Gawin mo na lang, gagawin ko ‘yung part ko.”’
Nathalie finds Tasha “funny and crazy.”
“It’s not just about showing skin eh. Kumbaga meron talaga siyang story. It’s a very challenging role for me and I definitely enjoy doing it,” she said.
Despite being known as a sexy actress, Nathalie noted there’s more to her than baring skin.
“I’m also doing comedy (genre of film). I want to show the audience that I can do other things also.”
More than just a sexy movie
So, what’s with the title?
Writer Jancy Nicolas explained, “Actually ‘yung ‘Sin Island,’ working title lang namin siya when we started shooting. It’s basically about two people na nagkasala sa isang isla. As the story progresses, nakita namin na nagwo-work naman pala ‘yung ganu’ng title. So, the management decided na sige, yan na ‘yung title.”
Jancy said “Sin Island” is more than just a sexy movie. After all, Star Cinema, the producer behind it, is known for films that impart Filipino values to moviegoers.
He said that no matter how daring “Sin Island” is, it all boils down to the preservation of the family.
“It (the film) talks about redeeming love, marriage and fighting for it. More than the darkness, ang fundamental value ng pelikula is ‘yung marriage at ‘yung importance sa isang couple,” he said.
“Sin Island” also popularized the tagline: “‘The greatest sin in love is to not fight for it. But how far will you go to fight for love?”
Posing the same question to Coleen, Xian, and Nathalie, here’s what they said.
Xian: “Para sa akin, parang hindi ka naman tao kung hindi mo ipaglalaban ‘yung pagmamahal mo… sa isang babae man yan, o sa isang bagay na sobrang passionate ka. Ang pamilya importante talaga yan eh, I guess kapag sinabi mong mahal mo, ipaglalaban mo hanggang huli.”
Coleen: “Ang natutunan ko talaga is ‘yung value of fighting for your love. Sa mga nangyari kasi sa akin before, ako palagi ‘yung mabilis sumuko… tumatakbo at umaalis. Now, I’m with the right person for me parang, as long as two people are willing to make the relationship work, it will work. Kahit ano pang kasalanan niyo sa isa’t-isa, basta pinili niyong ipaglaban ang relationship niyo, it will definitely work.”
Nathalie: “I’m 50/50. I fight for love pero hindi ako nagpapaka-martyr. Parang if it’s not working, I’m not gonna fight for that love anymore.”