“I encourage her to take risks. She’s my baby. I want her to shine,” said Anne Curtis of her sister Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who recently bagged a best supporting actress award for her debut film, “Transit.”
Anne, who is older by nine years, said she couldn’t be any happier for her sister. “I couldn’t explain my reaction when I learned that she had won. To show support, the whole family attended her movie’s gala screening. Our other sister came home from Bahrain to watch with the family. Jasmine needed the support, especially since she was so nervous.”
“Transit,” directed by Hannah Espia, won 10 awards, including best film in the New Breed category of the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. The film is about the plight of overseas Filipino workers in Israel.
“It’s nice to know that the effort she exerted for the film didn’t go to waste,” Anne pointed out. “I cried after seeing one of her dramatic scenes.”
Anne, who also has three acting awards under her belt, made sure to give Jasmine this acting tip: “I told her that, when it comes to script-reading and throwing lines, she really has to memorize, especially when she’s working with brilliant actors like Irma Adlawan or Ping (Medina).”
All of Jasmine’s lines in “Transit” are in Hebrew. This added more pressure on the young actress, Anne said. “If I had been in her shoes, I would’ve felt nervous, too.”
During a media gathering on Friday night to launch Anne as the newest endorser of the clothing brand Plains & Prints, the actress announced that she had collected P147,000 from the bazaar that she and “Showtime” cohost Vice Ganda organized that same day at the ABS-CBN Compound in Quezon City. The fundraising was for the benefit of Tropical Storm “Maring” victims.
“I’m grateful to the people who came to the bazaar. The clothes were priced from P100 to P1,200. They were all nice things. They were all sold before 6 p.m.,” Anne told the Inquirer. “I always say that material things can be easily replaced, but knowing that you’ve helped someone stays with you forever.”
The money raised will go to World Vision International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to helping poor children. “I’ve been helping the group for a while now. I like that it’s for kids. A lot of the families that I sponsor under World Vision have been affected by the calamity.”