Billy on Nikki's love scenes: 'Masakit, mahirap'

By Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Feb 16 2013 10:19 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2013 06:19 AM

Actress admits tiff over 'Apoy sa Dagat'

MANILA, Philippines – The intimate scenes of Nikki Gil in a new primetime series caused a recent tiff between her and current boyfriend Billy Crawford, the actress admitted.

Patrick Garcia and Nikki Gil in "Apoy sa Dagat 

In an interview with "Showbiz Inside Report (SIR)" aired Saturday, the 25-year-old actress said her scenes with Patrick Garcia in ABS-CBN's "Apoy sa Dagat" did not sit well with Crawford, her boyfriend of almost five years.

"Si Billy naman never interferes with my career. Hindi naman siya naging sobrang laking issue, until napanood niya," Gil said.

"Hindi naman niya ako... Nabigla lang siya, hindi niya in-expect, or iba lang 'yung expectations niya dun sa actual niyang napanood. Pumeek lang nang kaunti 'yung high blood niya and then down," she said.

In the pilot week of "Apoy sa Dagat," Gil portrays Odessa, a "mariposang dagat" who falls in love with seaman Alberto del Sol (Garcia). The two are seen in a number of intimate scenes in episodes aired early this week.

Speaking to "SIR," Crawford admitted that he has yet to get used to seeing Gil in taking on certain roles as a TV and stage actress.

"Of course, sa akin may kurot pa rin kahit anong mangyari. 'Mamaya, kakausapin ko.' For a boyfriend na 'di sanay na magkaroon ng isang aktres to be a girlfriend, kahit anong mangyari, masakit, mahirap," he said.

Gil, who earlier referred to her role in "Apoy sa Dagat" as her most challending yet, said that she and Crawford have nonetheless addressed the issue.

"Sinasabi ko nga, 'What can I do to fix things?' Sabi naman niya, I understand but I don't have to like it,'" she said.