By Alwin M. Ignacio

“Minahal ko siya kasi direktor ko siya. Mabait siya., Hindi siya naging bad director sa akin. Yung company niya, masayahin, palabiro. Yung pagmamahal ko sa kanya, hindi siya romantic love.  Medyo ma­damot ako ngayon kasi sa love, eh.”

Upclose and personal, Krista Miller is more that is a sight to behold. Physically, she oozes with so much sex appeal and she knows that her sex kittenish vibe is her most powerful arsenal. She is coy and frank at the same time. Girly and femme fatale in a snap.  Careful and calculated, yes, but she also easily pours her heart out.

Krista Miller Miller, known mostly as the female lead in the sexy movies, such as  Hukluban and Piring, reinvents herself via Kulay Abo Ang Madaling Araw, a play produced by Teatro Intramuros, and will be staged at the Raja Sulayman Theater, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.The play’s run started last Friday and will resume on  December 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Curtain rises at 8pm.

She gives life to the character of Lucing, in this Marlon Mente directed play for the newly revitalized and bullish stage company.

The sexy star admits, “I will not deny na kinakabahan ako sa pagsali ko sa play, kasi nga, first time ko. Ang role ko rito si Lucing, very dramatic at heavy. Napagod nga ako sa kaiiyak.”

“My co-actors are Ms. Kathy Arguelles at Mosang. My leading man is Raymond Rances (an architecture student), lagi silang performance level, rehearsal pa lang,” she carries on. .

Miller expounds, “Gusto ko talaga itong gawin kasi pag sinabi mong theater, iba yan eh.  Now that we are done with our rehearsals and we are set to perform, napatunayan ko talaga ngayon na ibang experience siya talaga. Alam ko na okay ako sa TV, sa pelikula, pero iba ang disiplina nila sa theater.  Unang salpak ko sa rehearsals, kailangan wider ang gestures mo. Yung boses mo, dapat mas may projection.  Ang daming adjustment. Lahat naman, I jot it down. It is a great privilege to be part of this production. ”

Krista Miller with leading man, Raymond Rances
Krista Miller with leading man, Raymond Rances

Adds Krista, ” The whole rehearsal process and the work became easier kasi yung mga kasama ko seasoned actors na. Inaalalayan nila ako. Matiyaga sila sa akin.  Lagi silang may tips and ini-observe ko talaga sila. Mabigat yung character. Maraming dramatic scenes. Naglalaban yung feelings.  Maraming kumplikasyon.”

“Sa pag-iyak, nakakapagod. Akala ko kasi dati pang comedy lang ako, pa-sexy. Yung shunga-shunga kasi yun madali sa akin. Ngayong may mga seryosong drama roles na ako, kailangan ko talaga ang maraming preparasyon at motivation,” admits the theater newcomer.

Of course, no conversation with Krista will be complete without Cesar Montano mentioned in the equation.

She stresses with a smile on her face, ” Pwede ba na ‘wag na natin siyang pag-usapan? Kasi, hindi naman siya kasali sa play.”

She has no interest to talk with or even say hi to Cesar since the issue between them is already in the past tense.

Reaching out to Cesar’s former wife, Sunshine Cruz is the least of her concerns. She has moved on with her life and considered the controversy involving them as a “a lesson in life wherein I earned all my lessons the hard way.

Ms. Mennie M. Evasco
Ms. Mennie M. Evasco, Executive Producer, and her first time to venture into Stage Production

Speaking of life lessons, Krista divulges, “Masyado akong naging masaya dati, di ko namamalayan na yung saya na yun temporary lang pala. May mga kasiyahan palang temporary lang. After what I have experienced, masasabi ko na kaya ko talaga ang lahat. Dati talaga hindi ako palaban, duwag ako. Laging nagtatago behind my friends or sa nanay. Pagmay issue dati, nasasaktan ako at mas doble ang sakit pag dindamay nila ang pamikya ko. Ngayon na medyo nahasa na ako sa laban, kaya ko na.”

She goes on, “Nung maligalig at magulong-magulo talaga ang buhayko, lumuhod ako talaga sa Quiapo, tinanong ko si God, bakti nangyari sa akin ang mga ito? When I learned to trust Him completely, Inalis rin ako ni Lord sa madilim na sitwasyon. He loves me. I am loved, thank You po.”

Krista has no time for love right now, since she is so immersed in being Lucing.

She says, “Mabilis akong ma-fall. Sobrang sweet lang sa akin, na-fa-fall na ako. I will not deny na may inspirasyon sa ngayon pero pabebe lang, pa sweet at pa-cute nothing serious. Okay na sa akin na may constant companion ako. Di ko kailangan ang mayaman, di ko rin kailangan ng stress, ang importante sa akin magaan lang, bonding kami, chill-chill.”

Right now, what she wants to achieve is, “That people appreciate my merits as an actress. Na hindi lang ako pulos pa-sexy lang. Na hindi pulos yung mga complicated situations sa buhay ko ang inuurirat. There was a time na nangingibabaw ko pulos negative issues.  Ang ginawa ko, hindi muna ako nag-showbiz, nag-aral and went into real estate. Nung maayos na muli ang buhay ko, dumating ang mga movie at TV offers at pulos magaganda ang roles at bida pa.”

Krista concludes, “Nalungkot ako kasi kilala ako because of the intrigues. What I did, yung mga intrigues, mas tumatatag. I used the negative energies para maging positive. Yung mga bad before, yun ang pinaghuhugutan ko pag may mga dramatic scenes ako. Yung mga bad dati, sila rin ang nagtulak sa akin para bilangin ko ang blessings. What is in the past, dun na lang yun, Mas  importante sa akin yun ngayon. Pinagbubutihan ko yung present kasi ito ang magiging base ko for my future. “

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