Sue Ramirez shares what Jodi Sta. Maria told her before the one-take ‘batok’ scene in The Broken Marriage Vow
Sue Ramirez transformed. With her latest role as a mistress on primetime series The Broken Marriage Vow, she will do everything to destroy a married man’s family. The show premiered on iWantTFC last January 22 and on Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, and TFC last January 24.
Lexy Lucero (Sue), a wealthy yoga instructor, is accustomed to getting her way. When she falls head over heels in love with David Ilustre (Zanjoe Marudo), she demands his time, attention, and constant reassurance at the expense of his wife and only son, Dra. Jill Ilustre and Gio (Jodi Sta. Maria and Zaijian Jaranilla).
“She’s idealistic, always looking forward to what she is capable of doing, which has its bad side, because she feels she can do and get everything. She will fight for what she believes is hers,” said Sue about her character in her solo media conference last January.
“Napakarami pong preparations na kailangan kong gawin for Lexy. Una sa lahat, magkaibang-magkaibang tao kaming dalawa. Magkaiba kaming maglakad, iba kaming mag-isip, iba kaming magsalita, iba ‘yung family background,” Sue said, talking about getting into her “diffifcult” character. “Talaga pong napakaraming adjustments na kinailangan kong gawin.”
Sue said that Lexy is almost always “zen” because she is a yoga instructor. “She’s always calm, she walks and talks calmly. You wouldn’t be able to push her buttons easily,” said Sue. To prepare for this, she watched a lot of yoga videos, did stretching on her own, formulated her own yoga flow, and prepared herself physically. “May nirerequire na postura si Lexy sa akin na nakatulong sa ‘kin on a normal day. Kuba naman po talaga ako, lagi ako naka-slouch. Natulungan ako ni Lexy! Kaya ko naman pala!,” the actress said while giggling.
A pivotal scene in the series triggers Sue as Lexy to have an emotional outburst. Jill takes charge of a disastrous dinner during which she exposes Lexy and David’s affair to Lexy’s parents and reveals that Lexy had aborted their baby. In the said scene, Sue hits Jodi in the head.
Asked how she prepared for it, “Aaaah!,” Sue shrieked in response. She seemed to have cringed while recalling how she hit a more senior co-actress in the head. Sue said, “Actually, importante po sa mga artista na nag-uusap bago kunan ang mga ganoong eksena, no? Kasi, of course, ngayon lalo, may pandemic, hindi tayo puwedeng basta-basta humahawak sa mga katrabaho natin. Hindi natin alam baka magkalat tayo ng sakit. So, may mga paalamanan ‘yan. I was really hesitant to do it. I wanted na i-jerk na lang. Kaya naman namin siguro i-acting na lang ni Ate Jodi.” But, she said, Jodi Sta. Maria gave her the go signal to do it for real.
“Sue, gawin mo. Gawin mo talaga. Okay lang ako,” Sue relayed what Jodi told her before they acted out the scene. “Ininstruct niya pa ako kung saang part sa head na medyo hindi sensitive. I was really scared. Ang liit kaya ng ulo ni Ate Jodi, kung alam niyo lang. Gamunggo po siya, guys!,” Sue added.
She went on to share how much pressure was put on her. Sue explained further, “Konting pagkakamali, ulo yun. So, ang laki ng pressure sa ‘kin. Batok talagaaaa. Bawal nga masahe-in ang batok, tapos mambabatok pa ‘ko. Anyway, kailangan ko siyang gawin kasi ginawa siya sa lahat ng versions ng Doctor Foster so bongga ‘yung eksenang ‘yun. Nakuha na namin in one take. May alalay nang malala pero kailangan talagang dumikit para maganda rin ‘yung pagkahulog ng ulo ni Ate Jodi. At sinabi niya sa ‘kin, kapag hindi ko raw nagawa at hindi nagustuhan ni Direk, kami rin ang mahihirapan.”
Tonight, the controversial scene will be aired but Sue’s riveting performance as Lexy in “The Broken Marriage Vow” began last January.
Catch The Broken Marriage Vow at 8:40 PM on Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live on ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and TFC.
The series, which is entirely shot in Baguio, also stars Jane Oineza, Angeli Bayani, Bianca Manalo, Ketchup Eusebio, Rachel Alejandro, Art Acuña, Empress Schuck, Joem Bascon, Brent Manalo, Malou Crisologo, Franco Laurel, Sandino Martin, Lao Rodriguez, Jet Gaitan, Jie Anne Armero, Migs Almendras, Avery Clyde, and JB Agustin, with the special participation of Susan Africa and Ronnie Lazaro.
Concepcion Macatuno and Andoy Ranay directed the Philippine adaptation of the hit BBC series “Doctor Foster” for ABS-CBN.