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Arci Muñoz and JC Santos on love, soulmates, and ghosting

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In the upcoming film "Open," JC Santos and Arci Muñoz play lovers in a long-term relationship trying to salvage a love that has gone stale. Photo courtesy of T-REX ENTERTAINMENT

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — When a long-term relationship goes stale, how do you ‘save’ it? In the upcoming film “Open,” Rome (Arci Muñoz) and Ethan (JC Santos) address this by exploring the idea of having sex with other people.

In the trailer, it is clear how Ethan seems eager for this new set-up, while Rome isn’t. However, she later agrees as she feels it’s the only way to make Ethan stay. When asked about open relationships, Muñoz says that if this happens to her in real life, she wouldn’t do it. “If I am in a relationship, if I am committed, then I won't let my partner or myself see other people,” she says. “If we have a problem, we should fix it inside the relationship, just the two of us.”

While the movie, which is one of Black Sheep Productions’ offerings for this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, can potentially make viewers grow cynical about love — or open relatioships, Santos and Muñoz still believe in soulmates. “I grew up seeing my mom and my dad's fairytale love story, so oo,” Muñoz says. Santos adds: “Oo, I believe in soulmates … Kumbaga dahil sa parents, ako naman ... Separated parents ... [so] gusto ko ng soulmate.”

Learn more about the “Open” stars’ opinions on love and relationships in the video below.