Jhassy Busran proud to have been slapped by Gladys Reyes in 'Unspoken Letters'

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  • Jhassy portrays Felipa, a 17-year-old who has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. She idolizes her older siblings and aspires to follow in their footsteps.

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Actress-singer Jhassy Busran takes the spotlight in the upcoming drama movie "Unspoken Letters" under Utmost Creatives which will be shown in cinemas beginning Dec. 13.

During a media conference for her movie in Quezon City recently, Jhassy said it was a dream come true for her to portray a character with an intellectual disorder. 

Jhassy portrays Felipa, a 17-year-old who has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. She idolizes her older siblings and aspires to follow in their footsteps.

“Dream role ko po ito, gustung-gusto ko po siya, so nag-audition po ako. I went through a lot din po getting this role,” she said.

(This is my dream role, I really like it, so I auditioned. I also went through a lot getting this role.)

A scene from 'Unspoken Letters'

The Philippines' Sweetheart added: “Sa totoo lang akala ko madali lang ‘yung role ni Felipa, hindi pala. Kasi noong ginagawa ko na mahirap pala. Pero okey lang kasi gustong-gusto ko talaga itong role na ito."

(Honestly, I thought the role of Felipa was easy, but it wasn't. Because when I was doing it, it was difficult. But it's okay because I really love this role.)

The rising star revealed auditioning for the role of Felipa in "Unspoken Letters." When she got the part, she did a lot of research about the health disorder. She admitted that she was a bit pressured to make this movie because it is not a romance where she has a love interest. But she said she gave it all in making this movie.

"Nag research talaga ako. Sinabihan din ako ng direktor na you have to do your own research kung paano ipo-portray yung character ng maayos. Pati na rin kung paano mo siya ipo-portray na walang mao-offend. Salamat din pala sa mga tumulong sa akin sa workshop para magampanan ko ito," she said.

(I really did research. The director also told me that you have to do your own research on how to portray the character properly. As well as how to portray it without offending anyone. Thanks also to those who helped me in the workshop so I could portray the character.)

Jhassy in 'Unspoken Letters'

This is Jhassy's fourth full-length movie since she started in showbiz in 2021. Previously, she appeared in Genius Teens - Chapters 1 and 2, Caught in the Act, and Home I Found In You.

Jhassy has also already won acting awards abroad. In 2021, she won Best Performance by an Actress at the Manhattan Film Festival New York for the short film "Pugon."

She was awarded Best Child Actress at the Gully International Film Festival 2021 in India, Best Child Actress at the Ashoka International Film Festival 2021, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie at the World Class Excellence Japan Awards (WCEJA).

"Unspoken Letters" also stars Tonton Gutierrez, Gladys Reyes. Glydel Mercado, Matet de Leon, Simon Ibarra, etc.

Jhassy said she's blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work with some of the multi-awarded stars in the country through this movie. She admitted to having learned a lot of things from them, especially with Simon. She also recalled one of the scenes in the movie where she was slapped by Gladys.


“Kasi nagulat po ako na ganun. Kahit alam n’yo na ganoon ang eksena, magugulat ka pa rin, pero parang nangibabaw po sa akin ‘yung proud sa sarili ko na nasampal ako ng isang Gladys Reyes.

“Namula talaga itong mukha ko tapos bumakat talaga ‘yung kamay na isinampal niya. Pero masaya po ako kasi nagawa kong mabuti iyong eksena na kasama si Ms Gladys,” Jhassy also said.

The actress said people will learn a lot from this movie. "Hindi lang kasi ito basta kuwento lang ni Felipa kundi kuwento rin ito ng isang pamilya. Meron meaning yung kuwento. May matutunan ka about handling a special child at kung paano ka makisama sa pamilya mo."

(It's not just Felipa's story, but it's also a family's story. The story has meaning. You'll learn something about handling a special child and how to get along with your family.)

Jhassy also sang the theme song of "Unspoken Letters" entitled "Hanggang Doon" with MJ Manuel.

When asked what she loves between acting and singing, Jhassy answered: "Acting po ang gusto ko kasi yun talaga ang first love ko po." (I like acting because that's really my first love.)