Onscreen partners Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. File photo
MANILA - Kim Chiu has come to the defense of "Bride For Rent" co-star Xian Lim after the latter received flak for poking fun at the actress' "kalokalike" recently.
According to Chiu, Lim has been deeply saddened by the incident last January 31. "Sobra siyang malungkot, hindi mo siya makausap. As in hindi siya kumakain, hindi siya nagpapagupit ng hair, ayaw niya."
"Sobra siyang na-down kasi ang daming bashers sa Instagram," Chiu told ABS-CBN News on Thursday. "Actually hindi ko alam paano siya i-chi-cheer up."
During the Chinese New Year countdown of "Banana Nite" last Thursday, Lim referred to Chiu's look-alike Charmae Viking as actress Bea Binene. The actor was also seen to be evasive of interaction with the former "It's Showtime" contestant.
With videos of his performance uploaded online, Lim received negative comments on social media for his "offensive" behavior towards Viking.
Chiu said she would have reacted the same way as Lim during his performance, noting that the actor was caught off guard by Viking, who came out on stage as a surprise guest.
"Hindi mo alam sa kalagitnaan ng kanta mo may sisingit sa likod. Siyempre kahit ako magugulat ako na parang, 'Anong nangyari?' kasi kinakabahan ako," Chiu said.
The "Ikaw Lamang" star added that she has been trying to cheer up Lim. "Pinapatawa ko siya, kumakain kami sa labas. Pero malungkot pa rin talaga siya."
"Sabi ko, 'Baliktarin mo sila. Mag-post ka ng mga masasaya, ganyan.' Pero ayaw niya, sobrang malungkot siya," she said.
Lim has already apologized for the incident on the micro-blogging site Twitter, saying it was not his intention to make fun of Viking.
Chiu backed Lim's statement: "Of course, hindi ko naman siya kakaibiganin kung bastos siyang tao."