The Flow­er­ing of Kim Chiu

In One Great Love, Re­gal En­ter­tain­ment’s en­try in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF), Kim takes ‘five steps higher’ by agree­ing to do love scenes with Den­nis Trillo and JC de Vera. The girl has in­deed turned into a woman.

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Her pa-twee­t­ums days are over. “I can’t be play­ing teeny-bop­per roles for­ever,” said Kim Chiu. “I have to grow as an ac­tress. Af­ter all, I’m al­ready 28.”

So in One Great Love, Re­gal En­ter­tain­ment’s en­try in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val (MMFF), Kim steps out of her com­fort zone and goes dar­ing (that is, by three Kim Chiu stan­dards) by dab­bling in not just one, not just two but three siz­zling love scenes with her lead­ing men Den­nis Trillo and JC de Vera, shot in the bed­room, by the fire­place and at the bath­tub of a yacht. Leave it to Eric Quizon, the movie’s di­rec­tor, to con­vince Kim to do them.

The flow­er­ing of Kim has be­gun and she’s blos­som­ing beau­ti­fully. The girl has turned into a woman.

“It felt like I took five long steps higher do­ing those scenes be­cause I want to show to the pub­lic that I could do it,” ex­plained Kim who was type­cast in sug­ary-sweet roles since she topped the PBB (Pi­noy Big Brother) years back, pick­ing up a Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress nom­i­na­tion (for All You Need is Pagibig) along the way. One Great Love (Eric’s fol­low-up to My Two Mom­mies, his re­cent Re­gal hit di­rec­tion) is de­scribed as a hugot-hugot rom-com that tack­les love and re­la­tion­ships. Kim plays Zyra Paez, a woman for­tu­nate enough to be with her one great love. Den­nis plays Dr. Ian Ar­cano, a heart doc­tor who firmly be­lieves in the sanc­tity of fam­ily and keep­ing it that way. JC plays Carl Mauri­cio whose tur­bu­lent past left him scarred. (Other stars are Eric him­self as Zyra’s fa­ther, Miles Ocampo as Zyra’s sis­ter and Marlo Mor­tel as Miles’ free-spir­ited boyfriend.)

Here’s Kim in the “who-what-where-when­how” quiz:


Who makes you happy these days? “Marami. I’m over­flow­ing with love and hap­pi­ness.” Who do you turn to when you have prob­lems? “My Ate (our old­est sis­ter) who acts as my guardian.“Who are the VIPs in your life? “My sib­lings. They are the rea­son why I am work­ing so hard.” Who is your one great love? “I will an­swer it by com­par­ing ‘true love’ and ‘great love.’ With true love, you com­pro­mise with each other para mag­ing per­fect ang pagsasama ninyo. With great love, it’s some­thing that never fades kahit maram­ing taon na ang nakakali­pas you still feel the same way for him.” Who is your role model? “In show­biz, it’s Judy Ann San­tos. Parang patented na ang buhay niya — na­gartista muna, nag-asawa, nan­ganak at pinagsabay ang ca­reer and fam­ily.”


What do you consider your three big­gest achieve­ments? “I re­al­ized my dream to be seen on TV…I was able to build a house of our own (be­cause we used to just live with my lola)…and I was able to send my sib­lings to school.” What’s your fa­vorite city?

“Aside from (my na­tive) Cebu which will al­ways be in my heart…yes, Lon­don! The city has re­tained its cul­ture and tra­di­tion.” What work­out do you do? “I run, I bike.” What is the best thing about be­ing Kim Chiu? “That I can make peo­ple laugh. I consider that an achieve­ment.” What is the worst thing about be­ing Kim Chiu?

“Lag­ing vi­ral ang mga mali ko — when I sang off key, when I fell on­stage. At least, the peo­ple are happy when they see that

on so­cial me­dia.”


Where are you most com­fort­able? “At the gym while sweat­ing. It’s re­lax­ing; nakakatang­gal ng stress.” Where is your Achilles’ heel?

“My pri­vate life. It ir­ri­tates me when they pry into my pri­vate life, es­pe­cially my love life na da­pat ikaw lang at ang part­ner mo ang nakakaalam.” (Kim ad­mit­ted on Tonight with Boy Abunda that she and Xian Lim are go­ing steady.) Where do you want to set­tle down, if and when?

“In Canada. My un­cle lives there. My brother, a pri­vate pi­lot, lives in Ed­mon­ton. My sis­ter, who is a PAL flight stew­ardess, of­ten goes there. I took a three­week va­ca­tion in Canada and I loved it. Parang ayoko nang umuwi, hehehe!!!” Where do you in­vest your money? “In small busi­nesses, fran­chises.” Where do you go to seek peace of mind? “I visit the Padre Pio Shrine in East­wood, Que­zon City. I am a St. Padre Pio devo­tee.


When is the best time to get mar­ried?

“There is no best time, only the right time. Nei­ther is there a right age. Only the right per­son, right mind­set…da­pat sig­u­rado ka.” When are you and Xian get­ting mar­ried? “We haven’t even talked about it! It hasn’t even en­tered our mind.” When are you hap­pi­est? “When I’m rolling in the snow. I can do it more than three hours na walang kasama.” When are you sad­dest?


How do you know that you are in love? “When his text mes­sages make me smile, maski ‘Good morn­ing’ lang with emoji.” How did Xian re­act when you said “yes” to him? “Masaya siya, af­ter all he courted me for two years. I made sure na sig­u­rado na ako.” How was it work­ing with Den­nis (who is Ka­puso while JC is Ka­pam­ilya like Kim)?

“At first kin­aba­han ako, es­pe­cially dur­ing our love scene. I never thought I would be work­ing with him be­cause we are from (ri­val)

net­works.” How did you cope with a bro­ken

heart? (Dur­ing the press­con, Kim ad­mit­ted that an­other ac­tor broke her heart. You know who he was, don’t you? His ini­tials are GA.) “If he’s not for you, don’t push it. Let go.” How did you let go? “Iniyak ko na lang, then smile-smile lang.” (E-mail re­ac­tions at rick­y­lophilstar @ For more up­dates, pho­tos and videos, visit­fare or fol­low me on In­sta­gram @the­re­al­rick­ylo.)

With lead­ing men Den­nis and JC: ‘My role model is Judy Ann San­tos. Parang patented na ang buhay niya. Nag-artista siya, nag-asawa, nagka-anak and then she com­bines fam­ily and ca­reer.’

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