Cannes actress Mercedes Cabral bolts out of bold mold

Posted at 09/04/2010 7:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Her usual defense is that she couldn’t really be choosy of roles as a newbie.

“Sawang-sawa na nga po akong maghubad nang maghubad. Ang akala ng tao, gano’n lang ako. Hala, hubad, hubad. Hindi ko po ito ginusto,” she exclaimed.

Finally, Mercedes Cabral, named 2008 Cannes International Film Festival Most Beautiful Actress, can heave a sigh of relief when her latest outing, “Gayuma,” is shown in the near future.

After almost three years of being tagged as a sexy actress, daring, baring and exposing her body au naturel, Cabral will be delineated as a straight drama performer in "Gayuma," the newest film of Alvin Yapan, who did “Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe” shown at the Cinemalaya Cinco film festival in 2009.

“Kaya lang po, pag tinatanong ako kung ano ang next film ko, sasabihin ko, ‘Gayuma.’ Mapapataas na naman sila ng kilay. Kasi ang gayuma, associated sa sex, sa love potion," she said.

“Pero talagang wala po akong eksena rito na hubad. Puro drama lang, straight drama po,” Cabral said at the 6th Titus Brandsman Short Indie Film Festival at the Titus Brandsma Center in New Manila on Saturday night.

Earlier, her film, “Babae Ako,” produced and directed by young awarded filmmaker Jeyow Evangelista, was screened at the occasion. In that film, Cabral was shown in steamy pumping scenes with co-star and current boyfriend, Marc Jacob.

“Matagal na pong nakunan ‘yon. 2008 pa po na-shoot ‘yong mga eksena na ‘yon pero ngayon lang napalabas [nitong] taong 2010. I don’t want to do such scenes anymore,” she assured.

“Pero liberating naman po ang ibig sabihin ng pelikula kahit na naghubad ako. Ipinakita lang po sa pelikula na kailangan lang akong igalang ng lalaki as a woman and as a human person kahit na may sexual contact kami,” said Cabral.