Jasmine Curtis-Smith hopes to make a difference in the way people accept same-sex relationships, especially lesbians.
The 22-year-old star was very engaging during much of the discussion about her new movie, Baka Bukas, which is currently being screened in cinemas.
As a twenty-something lesbian in love with her best friend, Jasmine calls the movie as a platform to “validate and make people belong,” especially young lesbians looking for their place in the world.
“Sabi nga sa isang documentary na napanood ko, ‘You can’t be, what you can’t see.”
For her portrayal, Jasmine won the Best Actress Award at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Festival. Baka Bukas also enjoyed strong social media engagement went it was first screened on cable.
Jasmine believes that movies can minimize the alienation that members of the LGBTQ community feel. Says she, “Maraming tao na they feel that they’re different pero hindi nila completely ma-fulfill ’yong pagkatao nila because wala silang [nakikitang] tao na comfortable enough to be out and proud of who they are completely.
“Importante na mabuksan natin ang isipan ng mga tao by doing this [film].”
In spite of the numerous movies produced every year, only very few represent all types of characters. She continues, “It’s important for younger generations to feel accepted, to grow up in a community that they can feel comfortable with who they are.”
In the past, Jasmine has never had a kissing scene with a guy. However, she did agree to shoot a kissing scene with GMA-7 actress Louise delos Reyes.
Jasmine confirmed, "Ever since, bawal talaga. We made it a rule na off limits kami dun.
"Kasi nung nag-start ako estudyante pa ko ng high school.
"Siyempre, pag teenager ka, ang emotions mo very heightened 'yan. Madadala ka.
"Baka akala mo in love ka talaga sa na-kiss mo."
The 22-year-old actress also believes that kissing scenes are not the only way for people to express their love for one another.
"There's that part na gusto mo talagang protektahan but also gusto namin protektahan ang bawat proyekto.
"Kung hindi naman kailangan, bakit pa natin ilalagay?
"Marami namang different ways to emulate ang pagmamahal o interes sa partner mo sa screen.
"Lahat naman ng pelikula ko walang kiss except Baka Bukas.
"I can say naman na so far, lahat naman ng pelikula na ginawa ko, tinangkilik naman ng manonood. Hindi naman nila hinanap ang halik, di ba?
"Ibig sabihin, hindi mo naman talaga kailangan. Sumasakto lang na willing lahat ng nakatrabaho naming director to compromise if merong nilagay na kissing scene."
Why did Jasmine agree to have a kissing scene with Louise?
"I think kasi kailangan maging open-minded ang maraming tao," she stressed.
"Sobrang okay lang sa maraming tao na kapag bata ka pa, okay lang ang mga lalaki at babae, maghalikan.
"Pero kapag nakita babae sa babae, ang daming nagsasabi, ang laswa naman niyan. Ang pangit niyan.
"No! Bakit tayo ganun? Hindi dapat ganun.
"Love is love. There is no boundary when it comes to gender.
"Bakit natin huhusgahan iyon? I wanted to be part of that type of movement to make people more open-minded and aware.