Anne Curtis as Zoe Tuazon in 'The Gifted.' In the film, the scheming genius undergoes a surgery to win the affections of a man. Video grab
MANILA -- Anne Curtis said her boyfriend of four years, restaurateur and food blogger Erwan Heussaff, could relate to her obese character in the comedy film "The Gifted."
The 29-year-old actress was asked about Heussaff's reaction to her character Zoe Tuazon on the sidelines of a press conference held Monday for the Chris Martinez movie.
"He used to be very big. He was 300 something pounds. He lost a whole person, so can relate siya!" Curtis said, laughing. "Wala, natatawa lang siya sa itsura ko. Sinasabi ko nga, 'Will you still love me?' Oo naman daw, cute naman daw ako!"
Asked about the possibility of Heussaff, who is also a triathlete, gaining back some weight, Curtis added: "Sobrang healthy 'yun. Healthy chef siya, so malabong mangyari. Mas matakaw pa ako kumain do'n, so posible talaga sa akin mangyari 'yon. Lalo na pag bakasyon, ang lakas ko talaga kumain!"
In "The Gifted," Curtis' character, Zoe, competes with her best friend and fellow genius, Aika (Cristine Reyes), in academics and later on for the affections of one man (Sam Milby). An obese student whose parents expect much from her, Zoe undergoes surgery as part of a grand plan to outwit Aika.
For the role, Curtis had to wear a fat suit and prosthetic makeup for the most part of the filming.
"That's why it was fun portraying Zoe Tuazon when she was still big, kasi nakakaaliw tingnan," she added. "Kahit sobrang init na init na ako, sobrang hirap na hirap na ako! Parang mag-iiba na nga ugali pag sobrang init na. Pero masaya kasi, eh. Masaya, makulit! When you see it onscreen, parang, 'Wow, worth it 'yung pagod.'"
Asked what lesson she learned from her character which she can also impart to women, Curtis said: "It doesn't matter what package or size you come in. It's really how you are."
"I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, 'di ba," she added, referring to not being slim. "Choice mo naman 'yon, eh. It's your lifestyle, so I don't think we should take it against them. If you're happy and you're comfortable in you're own skin, then go for it. Iyon naman 'yon, eh."