Kim Chiu and Xian Lim talk about their more mature roles and first love scene

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim will soon be back on primetime with the upcoming teleserye The Story of Us that premieres on February 29. Promising a more mature KimXi, the soap will feature a love scene which the two talked about during a press conference last Monday night, February 15.

Talking about their transition to more mature roles, Kim admitted taking five steps forward with this project because she got used to doing romance-comedy films. “Noong una, nahirapan talaga akong tanggalin ‘yung kwela-kwela, bubbly-bubbly. ‘Pag nagli-lines dapat sobrang seryoso kasi parang natagalan din ako bumalik, parang one year na wala sa primetime, walang drama series so parang puro rom-com ‘yung ginagawa ko so parang nasanay na siguro ‘yung sarili ko na magpatawa,” she said.

For his part, Xian acknowledged their new show’s production team for always guiding them in each scene. He added that this project is different from the previous ones they’ve done. “Iba po ‘yung atake dito ni Direk Richard (Somes). Talaga pong real life issues ang tinatarget po namin. Marami pong issues sa totoong buhay na talagang irerecreate namin para sa isang napakagandang eksena,” he said.

Revealing that they shared a lot of “firsts” on this project, Kim said, “Una, first namin na teleserye na kaming dalawa talaga ‘yung bida and then, first time na makatrabaho si Direk Richard (who also directed the 2015 soap Bridges of Love) and then first time namin mag ‘yun nga (love scene).”

Speaking of their love scene, Kim and Xian admitted feeling awkward about it. Although they felt shy, Kim said that they placed their trust in their director. Direk Richard, who was also present at the event, talked about shooting the love scene. “Mabilis lang naman ‘yung mounting but marami lang siyang coverage. One of the hardest part palagi magshoot is to shoot a love scene kasi you want to be more sensible with your actors palagi and at the same time, it’s a process of making them feel comfortable as you go along most especially if there’s a lot of cameras involved, people na sa loob din so I think hindi mahirap ‘yung pag shoot nila, it’s just that ‘yung coverage lang.” According to him, the love scene was taken from 4 to 6 in the morning.

Moreover, Kim, who admitted having limitations while doing the scene, shared what made her agree to do this. “Kaya rin naman ako napapayag na gawin ito, hindi lang naman basta ‘uy gusto ko maging mature, gusto ko magka-love scene.’ Hindi lang naman siya ganon lang. Kasali kasi siya sa kwento, kasali siya sa journey ng dalawang tao and may dahilan kung bakit binigay niya ‘yung part na ‘yun sa gabing iyon na dapat nilang abangan.”