Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - By Al­lan Poli­car­pio @alpoli­car­pio

In por­tray­ing a se­duc­tive pole dancer in the Sin­ga­porean tele­vi­sion drama, “Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tor,” one of the tough­est chal­lenges singer-ac­tress Karylle Yu­zon had to hur­dle was to be more com­fort­able with her own body.

“A lot of Filipino women are still not used to wear­ing biki­nis—what more if you’re danc­ing in them. So, it re­ally helped that I was sur­rounded with peo­ple who are very con­fi­dent, like dancer Lun­ingn­ing, who trained me. I had a cou­ple of ses­sions with her,” she said in a re­cent in­ter­view.

Cu­ri­ously, things be­came eas­ier once she donned her cos­tume—body-hug­ging dresses and suits, a blonde wig and high heels. “The heels make you feel sex­ier in­stantly, be­cause they make you change your pos­ture,” the 35-year-old artist pointed out.

“Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tor,” which be­gan air­ing on Me­di­a­corp Chan­nel 5 on Jan. 9, can be seen by Filipino fans through the on­line stream­ing ser­vice Tog­gle. The crime-thriller se­ries fol­lows a fake de­tec­tive com­pany com­posed of a mot­ley crew of moon­lighters. Karylle’s char­ac­ter, Maia, usu­ally acts as bait for phi­lan­der­ing hus­bands.

This isn’t her first act­ing project in Sin­ga­pore; she had pre­vi­ously starred in “The Kitchen Mu­si­cal” in 2011, then took a guest role in “Point of En­try 3.”

What is it about the South­east Asian port city that she finds ap­peal­ing? “I love it there, be­cause I get to live in­de­pen­dently. I com­mute and could just walk around freely,” she re­lated.

Karylle is also fond of the fixed work­ing sched­ule im­posed by the Sin­ga­porean gov­ern­ment. “Work­ing pe­riod is strictly 12 hours; the pro­duc­tion could start wor­ry­ing if they feel they’re about to go over­time,” said Karylle, who filmed her parts in two months, last year. “You also get the script way in ad­vance, so you have more time to study your role.”

While she is al­ways open to do­ing more jobs in the re­gion, her lo­cal ca­reer is still the pri­or­ity. Karylle said she’d be cre­at­ing new mu­sic soon, and has got­ten an of­fer to star in a tele­serye. But with “Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tor” now out of her way, is hav­ing a baby with her hus­band, Sponge Cola front­man Yael Yu­zon, part of her plans this year?

“It isn’t re­ally some­thing you can plan,” she pointed out. “But we’re ready.”

Karylle Yu­zon in “Pri­vate In­ves­ti­ga­tor”

She had time to study her role thanks to an early script.

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