MANILA, Philippines -- Isabelle Daza is aware that her role in "It Takes a Man and a Woman" may earn her some "haters," given the strong following of the film's main love team.
In the Star Cinema and Viva Films co-production, which opened in theaters nationwide on March 30, the 25-year-old model-TV host appears as the first female "kontrabida" to figure in a love triangle with Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida (Sarah Geronimo).
"Pero hindi naman ako sobrang mean doon sa movie. Pampa-add lang ng something different," Daza was quoted as saying by entertainment news site Philippine Entertainment Portal.
In an earlier interview, the film's director Cathy Garcia-Molina said that while she may be seen as an antagonist, Daza's character "has her own reasons" for causing trouble in paradise.
Her personality also offers a contrast to Laida's bubbly and often loud front.
The model-turned-actress explained: "It’s a romantic-comedy movie, pero I’m not so much more on the comedic side. Si Sarah 'yon.
“Ako, medyo ‘yong role ko parang sosyal. Tapos I studied in the States, magandang manamit, kiyeme-kiyemeng gano’n."
Daza added, “Hindi naman ako kontrabidang masasabi do’n sa story, e. Parang confused lang si Miggy sa aming dalawa ni Sarah.”
In "It Takes a Man and a Woman," which is the conclusion to the three-part film series starring Cruz and Geronimo, Laida is seen rejoining Miggy's company after four years apart. Here, they try to co-exist, along with his new girlfriend portrayed by Daza.
“Other girl ni John Lloyd ang role ko, pero okey naman siya. And I had my first kissing scene with him na… napaka-nerbiyos ko when it was shot, but it was very tastefully done," Daza said.
Given an "A" rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board, the film is expected to replicate the success of its predecessors "A Very Special Love" and "You Changed My Life," which are among the top 10 highest grossing local films of all time.