Kim Chiu is seeing both sides now.

In an interview, she talked about her father and having half siblings.

“Ako ‘yung una (sa family namin in real life) kaya it’s kinda challenging for me to play the second family (on this show) kasi sila ‘yung parang hindi masyadong pinapansin,” the actress said.

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Kim Chiu

She was referring to her role as Jia, a member of a second family on ABS-CBN’s latest soap “Love Thy Woman.”

While taping, Kim realized what her half-siblings in real life go through.

“Kaya nga kapag tinitingnan ko, kapag umaarte kami, kawawa din pala ‘yung mga anak ng Papa ko. Kasi kapag first family, parang ikaw ang pinakamatapang. My character plays the second family. Now I understand kung ano ang feeling ng mga kapatid ko (sa second family).”

The actress shared what it is like to grow up without a father figure.

“Growing up, lagi akong nagwa-wonder kung nasaan ang papa ko, lagi kasi siyang wala. Ang dami kasi niyang pinupuntahan…

“Habang lumalaki (ako), okay na ako na wala akong father figure. Pero kapag may special events ay nandiyan siya. Kunwari may event, a-award-an ako—honor (student) kasi ako noong elementary ako—‘Ah, sino ang pupunta, sino ang aakyat (sa stage)?’ Magugulat na lang ako, ‘Ah, si Papa pala. Dumating pala siya.’”

That became her “motivation” to excel in school.

“Nag-aral ako nang mabuti para every time na mayroon akong award ay pupunta siya. Sa mga birthdays…,” she trailed off as she got teary-eyed.

Upstage?

Since the cast is composed of seasoned and even awarded actors—the likes of Christopher de Leon, Eula Valdes, Sunshine Cruz, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ruffa Gutierrez – were there instances when one inadvertently would eclipse another’s performance?

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The cast of ‘Love Thy Woman’ with directors Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Andoy Ranay

“Sa amin lahat dito, sobrang generous lahat ng actors and actresses. Pero dapat lagi kaming handa. Pagpunta ko ng set, lahat naka-game face on. ‘Huwag kang magpaiwan,’ ‘Kapit Kim,; ganoon.

“Dapat memorized mo lahat (ng lines mo), dapat aral mo lahat, dapat alam mo lahat ng gagawin, dapat makinig ka sa blocking. Dapat ready ka kasi kung hindi ka ready ay maiiwan ka, sapaw na sapaw ka.”

Er, is that a yes?

“Hindi naman sapawan pero maiiwan ka. Sobrang intense nila lahat and sobrang alert lahat ng actors. Sobrang walang tapon sa mga eksena namin kaya hindi nila dapat ma-miss everyday,” Kim explained.

Also in the cast are Jana Victoria, Jennifer Sevilla, Chienna Filomena, China Yoo, David Chua, Shido Roxas, Tim Yap, Kimberly Tan, Mari Kaimo, Tori Garcia, Turs Daza, and Karl Gabriel.

Reunited

After an absence of four years, Kim on “Love Thy Woman” returns to her teamup with boyfriend Xian Lim.
The last time the two worked together on a soap was for “Story Of Us” in 2016.

The lull, Kim acknowledged, made them feel quite uneasy on the first few taping days.

“Noong nagkaeksena kami ay parang nanibago kaming dalawa. Parang mahirap pala umarte. Parang from the top, ulitin natin ito.

“Nakakapanibago rin na gawin uli kasi parang natulog siya. Para siyang adobo na pnatulog mo ‘yung oil. Namuti siya tapos pinainit mo sa microwave. Parang ganoon ang feeling, adobo. Kasi iyon ang ulam ko kagabi, eh,” she joked.
Kim pedaled off when asked how many years they’ve been a couple.

“Binibigay naman na namin lahat, baka ‘yung numero amin na lang,” she said.

“Masaya naman kami. And I am very happy na kung ano ang gusto ko, gusto niya rin. Parang we share our experiences our memories as one.”

Is Xian “the one?”

“Siguro we take it one day at a time. Ini-enjoy namin ang company namin. Let’s see what will happen.

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