ALICE Dixson was last seen in a special role as Black Rose in GMA-7’s “Beautiful Justice” two years ago. She now plays one of the title roles in “Legal Wives” as Amira, the first wife of Dennis Trillo’s character, Ismael. She was first married to Ismael’s older brother, played by Alfred Vargas, who passed away and so Dennis is compelled to marry his brother’s widow.
“I’m happy to be part of this big-budget show,” she says. “You can see GMA really worked hard sa production, sa research, sa costumes, sa sets, and I’m so proud that I’m a part of ‘Legal Wives’. This show will correct a lot of our misconceptions about our Muslim brothers.”
She confesses she herself has her own biases about Muslims. “I myself, when I was told we’re going to shoot daw on location sa Mindanao, natakot ako, sabi ko, di ba may terrorists doon? But because of the pandemic, hindi naman kami natuloy mag-shoot doon. While we’re doing the show, I learned so much about the Muslims. We have Muslim consultants on the set and I found out that Muslims are, in general, very peace loving people. They shouldn’t be generalized as terrorists as that is so far from the truth. Nabura sa pag iisip ko ‘yung ganyang fears and I learned so much about their culture.”
Alice is turning 51 on July 28 and everyone knows she is now a mother to a baby girl named Aura. The baby was born by the surrogate mom in Canada while she was in between lock in tapings of “Legal Wives”.
“Noong first two lock in tapings namin, wala pa ‘yung baby,” she narrates. “Then natapos ‘yung taping namin ng February 14, the next day, I got a call saying our surrogate mom is giving birth na in the hospital. The show is really such a blessing for me kasi nagpaalam ako sa kanila and they allowed me to leave.”
She’s glad GMA understood her situation.
“So I left and fetched the baby and when I came back home, lock in taping na kami uli and it’s different kasi mas strict na sila because of the surge and increase in cases. But I had to be away from our baby for two weeks. It’s good we got a yaya. So natapos ko rin ang taping.”
“Legal Wives” is the first show she had to do while on lock-in taping. “It’s so nice to complete the show with everyone. I will never forget the experience of my first time to do lock-in taping. I really enjoyed it as it’s a really very wonderful experience and we all became a family on the set, including the staff and crew and our director, Zig Dulay.”
“Legal Wives” will start airing this Monday night right after “The World Between Us”.
Joem says new movie with Lovi about infidelity different
JOEM Bascon just did a recent film with Lovi Poe, “The Annulment”. Now, they’re together again in “The Other Wife” which is now the number one movie in Vivamax streaming channel. What’s the difference between the two?
“When ‘Other Wife’ was first offered to me, I said, kagagaling lang namin ni Lovi sa ganung movie, a,” he says. “But after I read the script, I realized na iba ito, kasi lahat ng anumang expectations ng viewers, binali ng movie na ito. ‘The Other Wife’ is very different from ‘The Annulment as the problems we face in ‘The Other Wife’ are very, very different. Mas crazy ito, mas dark. More on crazy love. Mental struggle ito ng mag-asawa. During the quarantine, maraming anxiety tayong pinagdaraanan, so makikita nyo ‘yun dito. You will fall in love with all the characters here.”
Can he identify with his character who has two wives? “Iba ‘yung husband dito, very supportive siya sa wife niya, pero I cannot explain it here as it will spoil the movie. In real life, mapagbigay ako pagdating sa love. Cool lang ako outside, but very intense inside. Nasu-surprise ako what I am capable of doing for the love of my partner.”
How would he describe his experience in the pandemic? “Nahirapan ako last year kasi walang work, nasa house lang ako the whole time. So nang dumating itong ‘The Other Wife’, I’m very grateful na nagka-work ako. And I’m really glad to be working para may ibang tao ka namang nakakausap uli. I also have adrenalin rush when I am playing another character.”
How is it working with Lovi and Rhen Escano? “It’s easy to work with Lovi kasi nagkatrabaho na nga kami. Si Rhen, first time namin to work with her, but naging kaibigan din namin agad siya sa shooting, so that made our work easier. Challenge itong movie na ito sa amin kasi kaming tatlo lang ang characters, tapos puro mabibigat pa ang mga eksena, so nagtulong kami with our director, Prime Cruz, on how we’ll be able to pull it off. Judging from the feedback sa mga nakapanood na nito sa Vivamax, mukhang naitawid naman namin nang maayos.”
It’s common knowledge he’s now a dad after Meryll Soriano gave birth to their love son named Guido. So how is it being a father? “Ayun, nag-aalaga ako ng baby namin. Masaya ang buhay.”
Any wedding plans? “None as of now. We’re enjoying our baby muna and we appreciate each milestone he makes like when her first ate solid food, noong dumapa na siya at gumapang.”
How is he getting along with Meryll’s dad, Willie Revillame? “We’re okay. Natutuwa siya kay Baby Guido kaya lagi namin siyang dinadalaw para makita niya ito. I call him Sir Wil kasi ‘yun na ang nakasanayan ko, e. He’s very helpful sa maraming tao. Mabait siya sa pamilya, lagi niya kaming binibigyan ng advice at tulong, so I want to thank him for all his help to us.”