In the ’60s, it was taboo to talk about mistresses. The term itself was shameful and scandalous and if you are one, well, you are kept away from the public eye, tucked in some posh residence in a gated community.
It was only in the ’80s and ’90s when mistresses started coming out. In the Philippines, media started featuring the mistress on TV, in the movies and theatre plays, and even in books.
By the time the new century began, many mistresses even do shout-outs on Instagram. They’re actually proud to be mistresses!
Sari Sari Channel on Cignal television makes a parody of them on this sexy comedy series “The Legal Mistress.” The show, which airs its pilot episode Dec. 21, 9 p.m., is topbilled by Meg Imperial, Cindy Miranda, Ali Khatibi, among others.
“The Legal Mistress” is about Daisy (Cindy), a perennial mistress who finally wants to be in a committed relationship. Hilda (Meg) is a housewife who is starting to pursue her passion she once threw away. Daisy meets and falls in love with Hilda’s husband, Benedict (Ali ). Hilda soon finds out about the affair and decides to take action. A misfortune strikes them when Daisy and Hilda swap bodies during a confrontation.
Meg was very happy when she found out she was not going to play the usual sexy role.
“Finally, I could get out of my stereotype sexy role,” she tells Gossip Girl during the taping. “But in a twist of event where Cindy and I switch bodies, I end up doing the sexy role after all. But doing two roles in one series is challenging for me so I am doubly excited.”
Cindy admits she is still adjusting to doing a lead role. In fairness to the Tomasian cum laude, she knows how to act. Cindy is what we in show business call beauty and brains wrapped in a svelte figure to–die–for. I act as Cindy’s nemesis on this series and pulling her hair out in one of the scenes was not exactly my favorite thing to do.
Others in the cast are Josef Elizalde, Billy Villeta, Debbie Garcia, Yumi Lacsamana, and Kedebon Colim.