LOVI Poe was last seen in a regular TV series last year in “The One That Got Away”. After that, she had a long vacation abroad. Now, she’s finally back in a new movie, “The Annulment”, with Joem Bascon and directed by McArthur 'Mac' Alejandre. She plays Joem’s wife, Gari, while Joem is Sherwin, and they have sizzling love scenes together. She admits it’s one of the sexiest films she has ever done. Why did she consent to do such provocative bedscenes?
“Simply because it’s needed in the story,” she says. “The movie shows sex in the different stages of the relationship of a couple. First is the honeymoon stage when the relationship is new, very intense and passionate. May shower scene pa kami rito. Then as the relationship sours, ipinakita ang sex habang magkagalit 'yung couple. There’s forced sex, so sinampal ko siya, pinagbigyan and asked him: ito ba ang gusto mo? It helps that I feel very comfortable with Joem kasi we’ve worked several times before and neighbors kasi kami. Also, I completely trusted Direk Mac kasi very different, beautiful and cinematic ang attack niya sa sa mga eksena. We’ve already watched the love scenes and we’re all happy with the outcome.”
But she stresses that the movie is not just about the sexy bedscenes. “More than that, it dissects the dissolution of a marriage that leads to annulment. I play Gari, a pre-school teacher who comes from a well-to-do family. Then I meet Joem who comes from a different background. I thought we’d be compatible and although I’ve seen some traits in him na hindi ko gusto, I thought mapagbabago ko siya once we’re married. But it didn’t happen, so the marriage suffers and I ask him for annulment. I realized that I thought I planned my life well, my career, but ang hindi ko napagplanuhang mabuti, 'yung pag-aasawa ko. I thought love would be enough for a marital relationship, I realize, is not just about love. It turns out Joem and I have different perspectives and expectations in life.”
Lovi also sung the film’s theme song, “Di Lang Ikaw”, originally by Juris. In real life, she’s of age but is not yet married. How does she feel when folks chide her for being still single?
“I don’t compare myself with others. Just because they’re married na, I also would. I don’t want to rush and regret it. I’d rather wait until I find the right person for me, kahit abutin pa ako ng 60 years old. I’d get married nga at 30, then realize later that it’s a mistake, huwag na lang. That’s why it’s important to find the right guy.”