Esquire's Cherie Gil: A woman should never need a man
MANILA, Philippines - Veteran actress Cherie Gil strips down in Esquire Philippines' November issue to talk about breakups, hookups, and growing up in the functional dysfunction of the clan she calls the royal family.
In this excerpt from the cover story by Rappler multimedia reporter and Esquire writer-at-large Patricia Evangelista, the 50-year-old celebrity-born Evangeline Rose Eigenmann - explains just what it takes to be Cherie Gil.
If there were a movie to be made about her life, she says, it would be a movie about love. And sex, lots of sex.
“To be Cherie Gil is to love, love, love. Everything. People, work, men. I fall in love fast, I’m a sucker for many things.”
Cherie Gil is alone, has been alone for five years. She needs, no, wants, a boyfriend. “Wants” is the right word.
A woman, she says, should not need a man.
“Not that I try to change the world, it’s just that sometimes we’re so stuck up in many, many conventions and so much Catholic thinking. I hate to put that into the picture, but I don’t want to be part of that close-minded thinking. No more. They say women are supposed to do this and that, women should stick to the home, the laws are backward, it’s so primitive. I want women to believe that they can become who they want to become and that they are even more powerful than the men. No, you know what, it’s not a contest, its just, be. Be what they can be. And express themselves in the way that they should to be able to inspire other women. I want to break boundaries, I want to move forward—
“What am I saying, fuck!”
Esquire Philippines is available at all major bookstores and newsstands. Photo by Paco Guerrero. - Rappler