MANILA – Coco Martin has no kissing scenes with beauty queens Kylie Verzosa and Mariel de Leon in his upcoming movie, "Ang Panday."
The closest that Martin got was a kiss on the cheek from Verzosa, who won Miss International in 2016.
"Beso lang po. Well, nahiya din po ako [kung sabi niya nahiya din siya]. Pero beso lang 'yun. Siguro mga tatlong takes yun," Verzosa said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Martin also took into consideration how De Leon's parents would react. The Binibining Pilipinas International 2017 titleholder is the daughter of veteran actors Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong.
He said: "Isa na rin 'yun. Siyempre nahihiya ako. Siyempre ipinagkatiwala sa akin ni tito Boyet (De Leon) and tita Sandy (Andolong) si Mariel. Gusto ko na kapag napanood nila, mapa-proud sila sa anak nila."
De Leon, for her part, said she is grateful to Martin for taking care of her and Verzosa while they were filming.
"For me kasi I'm not that experienced with acting, so it was a bit weird to be that close to someone that I don't know that well. Pero after a few minutes, I was very comfortable kasi super, super bait ni Coco. He really took care of us," she said.
"Every scene, he wanted me to look good. He wanted me to push myself in terms of acting, especially 'yung mga crying scene," she added.
Like De Leon, Verzosa is thankful that her acting debut was with Martin.
Asked why he decided to include Verzosa in the movie, Martin said: "Narinig ko na gusto niyang pumasok sa showbiz. Kapag nakakarinig kasi ako ng ganun, naiisip ko nung nagsisimula ako. Gusto kong makapagbigay ng opportunity. May way eh. Binabalik ko lang 'yung mga nangyari sa akin noon."
"Ang Panday" will open in cinemas nationwide on Christmas day as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival.