Cherie Gil bares her rules of showbiz etiquette: ‘Don’t call me tita’
In the entertainment industry, not everything is taught in acting workshops. For veteran actress Cherie Gil, however, certain actors’ etiquette should just well be.
It was Tony Award-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga who took to Facebook recently to share the wise words of Gil, who gave her own rules when it comes to the accepted behavior of actors toward her and the people they work with in the industry.
“Written by my friend, the incomparable Cherie Gil,” Salonga wrote on Dec. 3, sharing Gil’s actors’ etiquette.
Written by my friend, the incomparable Cherie Gil. ***Certain actors’ etiquette are not taught in some acting…
What could be the first on Gil’s actors’ etiquette, one may ask. Firstly, she urged that she not be kissed out of courtesy or be called a “tita.”
“NEVER ever kiss me in greeting, out of so called politeness and courtesy, if I don’t know who the hell you are!” Gil wrote. “Introduce yourself first! And pllleeeaaasssee don’t call me TITA unless we are blood related (or super super close fam friends).”
Gil also believes that what the director instructs an actor should not be repeated to a co-actor.
“Never TEACH your co actor or tell her/him how he should do the scene or his part UNLESS you need something from the actor which would help you in your own process. BUT ask kindly and humbly.”
The use of cellphones and “retouching” is a no-no for Gil, too, especially when during blocking or a reading of a scene. “I promise I’ll either slap you or walk out on you,” she said menacingly in Lavinia fashion. Lavinia is the mean character she played in the 1985 film “Bituing Walang Ningning.”
Being a veteran actress herself, Gil reminded fellow artists that they should never make any actor wait for them when called to the set. “ESPECIALLY senior actors,” she emphasized.
Art, she believes, is a collaboration. “There is always room to learn from and grow with one another. So… please throw your effing ugly EGO out the window.”
Gil also added that there are different types of ego and one must learn to know the differences of each.
“KEEP the good kind which is necessary for creativity and your own preservation of self worth!”
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