PAOLO Contis stars with his current ina bmorata, Isabel Oli, and his ex, Desiree del Valle, in “Atlantika.” Doesn’t he feel somewhat uncomfortable when he’s doing scenes with both of them?
“We have no scenes yet na magkakasama kami but I don’t think that will be a problem as it’s common knowledge na sina Desiree at Vhong Navarro na ngayon,” he says. “Friends ko naman ang mga ex ko. Three years kami ni Des and two years naman ako with Nancy Castiglione at ayos pa rin kami. As for Isabel, seven months pa lang kami but I can feel magtatagal ito as I like her being so simple. I’ve met her family in Cebu and also her parents who have moved to Singapore. This Christmas season, everyone will be here in Manila so kasali rin ako in their big reunion.”
His role in “Atlantika” as the villainous Piranus, nemesis of Aquano (Dingdong Dantes), is his most difficult assignment so far. “This is even harder than my role as villain to Richard Gutierrez in ‘Sugo’. Doon, we fly in air on harness in our fight scenes. Dito, we fight naman underwater and it’s no joke kasi ang costumes pa lang namin, mabigat na and we have to have an additional weight of 15 lbs. para kami lumubog sa tubig. Last week, I nearly drowned in Anilao buti na-save ako ng mga kasama namin. It’s good dati na akong diver even before I started doing this and I was able to return to the surface.”
Paolo plays a very macho role in “Atlantika” but in his new movie, Viva Films’ “Reyna,” he plays a screaming faggot as Chuvanesca, the nemesis of Keanna Reeves in a gay beauty pageant. “Girl na girl ako rito and when I’m in full make-up, they all tell me maganda pa ko sa totoong babae.”
Is it true he had a tiff with Keanna? “No, okay kami. What happened was she dropped by sa set of ‘Atlantika’ before we started shooting ‘Reyna’ pa. But I was then busy doing a scene with Dingdong kaya hindi ko siya napansin. Ayun, akala niya I snobbed her, e hindi naman. Nagkaayos na kami.”