MAX Collins won the special jury prize for acting at the Metro Manila Filmfest last December for her short but effective performance as the young Gloria Romero in “Rainbow’s Sunset”. We wrote then that we wish GMA-7 would notice her and give her a solo lead role. Well, our wish has been granted as Max now stars in her own afternoon soap, “Bihag”, the story of a young mom searching for her missing child.
“I’m so happy that the new project they gave me is very intriguing,” says Max. “The title ‘Bihag’, or ‘Captive’, can mean a lot of things in the story, which is actually a combination of family drama, suspense, mystery and even action. I’m paired with Jason Abalos na nakasama ko na before sa ‘The One that Got Away’.”
She’s been married to Pancho Magno for over a year now. Any changes that happened in her life since their wedding? “Oh yes, iwas na muna ako sa love scenes. Conservative si Pancho so ako na mismo ang umaayaw sa sobrang daring na mga eksena kasi vocal naman siyang ayaw niya. So, bilang respeto sa kanya, maski sa kissing scene, hanggang smack lang, hindi puwede 'yung sobra. Sabagay, ever since, hindi naman ako gumagawa ng sobrang sexy na eksena. Siya rin naman kasi, he doesn’t do such scenes. Hanggang sexy pictorial lang siya. After I got married, by choice, maski sa clothes that I wear, ayoko na rin ng sobrang revealing. Personal decision ko 'yun at hindi niya ipinagbawal.”
But it’s okay for her for Pancho to do sexy fashion shows where he is in his underwear? “Okay lang. Lalaki naman siya. Basta 'wag all out na ipakikita na lahat.”
Don’t they have any plans to have a baby soon? “Later siguro. We’re not in a rush kasi as of now, honeymoon stage pa rin kami. We still want to travel together. We’ve just been to Australia kasi 'yung sister niya who’s based in Victoria, kapapanganak lang. First apo in their family. E, ako, hindi muna puwede kasi kasisimula ko lang mag-taping for ‘Bihag’. Matitindi ang requirements dito kasi may scenes na very physical. So after na lang siguro ng ‘Bihag’.”
How’s Pancho as a husband? “I cannot complain kasi family-oriented talaga siya. Maasikaso, maalaga, malambing. Hindi lang kami husband and wife, we’re also the best of friends. We understand each other quite well.”
“Bihag” is directed by Neal del Rosario and Toto Natividad. The supporting cast includes Mark Herras, Sophie Albert, Neil Ryan Sese and child actor Seth de la Cruz as the missing son of Max and Jason. This will be replacing Ken Chan’s “My Special Tatay”.