Peralejo: Bathing and baring
Rica Peralejo is definitely one of
the hottest stars in showbiz today. And her frequent casting in movies one after
the other is a strong proof that she has reached true stardom.
The former young charmer has gone a
long way since her Ang TV days, in which she was part of the cool, teenybopper
gang. It was a perfect avenue for the young actress to showcase her singing,
dancing, and comic skills.
Later on, Rica found herself in love
team roles, a normal route for teen stars. She was first paired with Red
Sternberg in the original GMA 7 brat pack show TGIS (Thank God, Itís Friday),
and then with Bojo Molina who also became her real life sweetheart.
Early this year, Rica shifted gears
and surprised people with her decision to accept more daring roles. She bared
her breasts in a love scene with Jay Manalo in the film Balahibong Pusa. Though
she co-starred with sexy actress Joyce Jimenez in the movie, many still believed
that the film hit the box office because of Ricaís transformed movie
Since then, Rica was branded as a
young bold starĖno longer the sweet girl known just a few years back.
Despite her new image on the screen,
Rica still proves to be as wholesome as any teen star. She talks well and is
very articulate in English though she has stopped schooling early (after second
year high school) for her movie career.
But with all her success in show
business, Rica still, is one hot star with a humble heart. Sheís willing in
fact, to stay on the phone for an interview to help a writer like us beat our
deadline. For her latest movie under Viva films, Rica is now shooting Dos Ekis
with Mark Anthony Fernandez under Erik Mattiís direction (this was a few weeks
before her Banyo Queen with Andrew E was shown).
It was Matti who launched Joyce
Jimenez into bold stardom via Scorpio Nights 2, and it is thus hard to doubt
that Dos Ekis will be a movie meant for the entire family.
How does it feel to work for the first time with Mark Anthony Fernandez?
RP: Actually, though itís our first
time to work together in a movie, weíve already worked together before as
guests in the ABS-CBN 2 show, Palibhasa Lalake. Well, itís nice to work with
Have you noticed any changes in him (Mark Anthony) since the first time you
Heís more mature now. Mas concentrated na siya sa trabaho níya ngayon kesa
noon. Before kasi, bata pa siya at wala naman siyang dagok sa buhay. Now he
treats his work as a blessing from God.
What is your role in the movie?
A stripper, parang si Demi Moore in one of her movies. I play a woman who
doesnít believe in love. My character believes that love is just an excuse to
have sex and money.
Did you see yourself in that character?
No. I have my own beliefs and nothing could change it. It can happen to other
people, but I donít think it can happen to me.
Did you have to tell Bernard Palanca about whatís happening in your career?
I make kuwento. Itís just like two friends making kuwento of what happened in
during day. Heís the only person that I trust to make kuwento these things but
that doesnít mean I have to make paalam everything.
There were talks that Victoria London will also be promoted by Viva as a sexy
star. Do you think she will affect your career?
No. In the first place, I donít think Iím competing with anyone. I just see
the challenge on things to come, not with the people. There will always be
something and somebody who will be better than me. I have to keep up with that.
Iím not scared of anything or anyone. I know my strengths and I put a lot of
effort so that people will remember me. I have my own talent and I do things
that others cannot do.
Like Iím versatile. Whether you put me into singing, dancing, acting or
whatever, I can do all of these. You tell me to bare, go sexy, or portray
dramatic, wholesome, or comedy rolesĖI can do all of those.
AB: Are you happy with the way your career is going? ut yo V
Very happy. If thereís a word more than happy, thatís what I am.
What about your sexy image, are you happy with it?
Yes, very. It helps me a lot as a person. It gives me the confidence that I can
do many things and people will not disrespect me for it.
Did you ever regret having gone sexy in some of your movies?
No, and Iíll never ever regret it. More often than not, it helped me a lot.
There is always this question of what will you bare next time. Are you aware of
this mentality of the audience?
Well, I guess Iím doing a good job on that. As what they can see now, Iíve
been doing different from the past roles that Iíve done. I mean, where can you
see someone who goes sexy and then goes to action drama, then goes to comedy and
then sexy again? I mean, I can keep it up. The viewers watch me not only for
what I can bare or I bared more but of what I can do.
Was there an instance that you were nabastos because of your sexy image?
Never and thatís what Iím very proud of. Admittedly, guys look up to me more
now. I earned more guy fans.
Do you think you would not have achieved lead star status had you not gone bold
in the movies?
Well, yes maybe, maybe not. I canít tell. God has his own way and I donít
want to mess around. If He wants me this way, then Iíll be like this. If He
wants me to go this far only, then itís okay. Iím already contented with
that. But itís all up to Him. My only part is to work hard for everything just
so I deserve everything that I get.
What has changed in your lifestyle ever since you went sexy in the movies?
I think itís more of hindi na ako nakakalabas. I donít have time for
anything anymore except for my work and I think people around me especially
those who are close to me have to more understanding because I donít get to
give them enough time anymore.
How do you feel at the planned 100 percent in tax among the celebrities?
Well, of course I feel bad because of the tax cuts. Itís hard to work for
money, and itís hard to accept that a large amount will be deducted from your
hard-earned pay. But if it were going be for the countryís welfare, then I
would not complain about it.
Are you affected by the so-called crisis in the industry? In what way are you
Affected in a way that Iím just worried because I can see a lot of potential
in this business. I mean, I can see a lot of people who can make us proud that
we are Filipinos. Our talent will always prevail and sayang naman if this
industry goes down. There will be so much wasted talent.
Letís change topic. What is your favorite nook in the house?
My banyo talaga because in the banyo I can do anything. I mean I can even write
there, stay there for many hours and then sometimes, when Iím lonely I cry it
all out there. The fact that it makes me clean everyday, that makes me happy.
What do you enjoy doing in your personal place?
Just relax because lately, wala na akong masyadong time. Minsan tulog na lang
tinitipid ko pa. I do sound trip with my CDs, MPs, watch TV, dance and
sing. When no oneís looking I also pray in every corner of my room.
Do you have a fetish? What is it?
For things, clean banyos. Sa lalaki, yung guys who can get away with slippers,
meaning, they have very nice and clean feet.
When you have your own free time, how do you pamper yourself?
I stay in my bathroom, stay in the bathtub. I relax. I scrub a lot. I do
everything to relax myself because Iím too much of a hyper person.
How do you manage to maintain your beautiful complexion?
Wala. I donít have a secret. Siguro itís just a matter of being clean. Iím
blessed with the skin I have.
What scares you?
The dark, ghosts, ipis and people who have bad intentions. Iím scared also of
what tomorrow will bring. Iím scared of being alone and growing up alone.
What was the craziest thing you did in the past?
Iím always crazy. I played tricks and jokes on people. But I only do these to
people Iím close with; people that I know will not get pikon. Sometimes I joke
with a straight face and they think itís true and sometimes I make them worry.
Do you believe in marriage?
Of course, thatís every girlís dream, to get married and walk down the
Do you think a celebrity couple should marry in style?
I think couples not only celebrities should marry each other the way they want
to because this is not about other people and a show for other people. This is
about the two of you. So if you want it simple, you shouldnít be ashamed about
it kahit na artista ka pa. You shouldnít be dyahe that youíre marrying in a
What about living-in?
Maybe when youíre too old already and it is still not in your plans I guess it
will be okay. But how my family brought me up, I donít think they will allow
that to happen in my house. I donít think Iíll allow that to happen to
When it comes to dating, is it okay that you also pay the bill?
Of course, hindi na uso yung puro lalaki ang nagso-shoulder ng bill. Hanga ako
sa lalaki na siya ang nago-offer palagi because itís being a gentleman. I just
want to to show them also na I want to share. Minsan thatís a way of showing
the person that you enjoy his company so you got to treat him.
Has it happened to you na you shouldered the bill?
It happened to me already. Iím also sharing the bill, minsan I make una in
paying the bill. Minsan I buy little things for the person. Itís a way of
showing your affection.
Who is the Rica Peralejo that we do not know?
RP: Whatís you see in the TV is who I really am. The usual kikay, madaldal, masayahin. But I guess what you donít see in me is when Iím home from work, when I cry because Iím really tired, when I feel my body just canít stand too much pressure anymore, canít get up anymore; when I canít smile so much because there something painful really going inside of me. It can be emotional or physical