Ruffa Gutierrez receives advice from Cesar Montano for Imelda Marcos role

Ruffa Gutierrez is Imelda Marcos in ‘Maid in Malacañang’

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez shared the advice that she received from award-winning actor Cesar Montano in her Imelda Marcos role in the Viva Films movie Maid in Malacañang.

Ruffa is portraying the former First Lady and wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos, played by Cesar. During the media conference for the said film, Ruffa shared that she first met the former First Lady when she was just 18 years old, based on the article in Bandera.

Ruffa Gutierrez
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She was celebrating her birthday then at the Manila Hotel and I attended. She was so elegant and glamorous so I quickly became a fan, kaya when the offer to play her came, I quickly accepted it. I can see she knows how to practise grace under pressure,” Ruffa Gutierrez shared.

In order to prepare for this role, daughter of Annabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez said that she watched videos of Imelda Marcos. Ruffa also discussed this to her onscreen partner.

Cesar gave a piece of advice to Ruffa when it comes to her portrayal of the iconic role. “I talked to Cesar Montano, who plays Ferdinand Marcos to find out how he himself is preparing for his role. He said, ‘you should sleep with Imelda on your mind.’ ‘Yun daw ang ginawa niya when he did his movie on Jose Rizal for which he won awards,” Ruffa shared.

Ruffa Gutierrez
Photo source: Manila Bulletin

With this, Ruffa Gutierrez said that she will also sleep with Imelda Marcos in her mind in order for her to internalize her role.

Maid in Malacañang is set to be released in cinemas on July 20. Also included in the cast are Cristine Reyes, Diego Loyzaga, Ella Cruz, Robin Padilla, Karla Estrada, Beverly Salviejo, and Elizabeth Oropesa.

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