Jasmine Curtis-Smith topbills ‘Puti’-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
AFTER her winning performance in the Cinemalaya entry "Transit," which gave her her first Best Supporting Actress trophy, young actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith will be featured in new independent film "Puti."
Directed by Mike Alcazaren, "Puti" is one of the eight films included in the first CineFilipino Film Festival to be shown in selected cinemas in Metro Manila starting September 18.
Jasmine told Sun.Star that technically, "Puti" is her first independent movie since it was shot ahead of "Transit." However, the latter however was shown on the big screen on a much earlier date.
The younger actress said she's not expecting any award for "Puti" but said she gave her all for the movie.
"Puti" is also different from her role in "Transit," where she played a rebellious teenager caught up in stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv during the time when the government planned to deport children of foreign workers who didn't match the Israeli's residency criteria.
"Here my challenge was becoming an eerie person. Konting dialogue lang pero intense ka tumingin and facial reaction. In 'Transit' kasi it's more on language barrier that was what I had to overcome," she said.
Aside from what is required of her, Jasmine said she studied her role well to be at par with her co-stars Bryan Pagala, Leo Rialp, Lauren Young and Ian Veneracion.
She also gained new friendship with Lauren during the course of the film.
Although they don't have any scene together, Jasmine said they went to all the script readings and pre-production preparations of the film.
"She's done a few indie films prior to 'Puti' and gusto ko din naman na magmukhang okay next to her kasi of course we are of the same age and I want to be at par," Jasmine said.
"We have mutual friends and same age. Kami din kasi ni Laurel, we have the same set up, we have older sisters who are in the industry before us. We're both going to school. We had no difficulty in clicking," she added.
Jasmine meanwhile said her older sister, Anne, is proud of her latest acting feat.
The "It's Showtime" host personally texted Jasmine after she won the award in July and immediately asked to see her trophy from the film festival.
When sought for her reaction on comments that she's the better actress than her older sister, after she bagged the Best Supporting Actress trophy in her first film, Jasmine said she had one advantage from her sister.
"With the roles that I got from TV5 as a newbie, na challenge ako agad agad. I really have to level up my acting when she slowly progress. But I got that advantage because of her," she said.
She added that Anne started in the business more than 10 years ago and slowly rises as one of the top leading ladies of the industry. Jasmine said she wouldn't be part of show business if it weren't for her sister.
Meantime, Jasmine's exclusive contract with TV5 will expire this November and she's keen to into a new deal with the network.
"I'm so happy with TV5. With the allowance that they've been giving me in terms of time with school and to rest and projects. Sobrang luwag nila," she ended. (Sunnex)