JULIE Anne San Jose disproves the rumor that she is moving to another network as she just renewed her contract with GMA-7 for another three years. “Happy naman po ako as a Kapuso, so bakit ako lilipat?” she says when asked about this at the 1st anniversary presscon of “Sunday Pinasaya”. “Never kong binalak na umalis ng GMA kasi very supportive sila sa akin all these years.”
She loves being part of “Sunday Pinasaya”. “Nakakatuwa kasi, buong first year namin, sinuportahan kami ng viewers at laging wagi ang show sa ratings. I think nakikita nilang isang pamilya kami sa show na nagsusuportahan. Grabe talaga ang teamwork ng buong cast at walang dull moment when we’re all together. Sa rehearsals pa lang, ang saya-saya na.”
About her lovelife, after being paired with Elmo Magalona and being linked to Alden Richards, she’s now said to be romantically involved with Benjamin Alves after he appeared as her leading- man in a music video of one of her new songs. So what’s the real score between them?
“We’re exclusively dating. And he’s so nice kasi he defends me against my bashers. Mabait siya and God-fearing. My parents like him. Wala naman kaming itinatago. Pero pareho kami ng sinasabi at this point, what you see is what you get. So let’s just leave it at that. Abangan nyo na lang ang production number namin sa two-part anniversary presentation ng ‘Sunday Pinasaya’ on September 4 and 11. Masaya siya talaga.”
SPAIN SHOOT BROUGHT DANIEL AND KATHRYN CLOSER
DANIEL Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo had a grand time shooting their new movie on location in Barcelona, Spain. Their new flick is titled “Barcelona: A Love Untold” and it will open in theaters on September 14. It will show the scenic spots of that beautiful city, including the famous Sagrada Familia Basilica.
“The whole experience is very memorable,” says Daniel. “Parang bitin nga kasi one day lang kami nabigyan ng off para mag-tour. Most of the time, we were shooting.”
So did shooting together in a foreign place bring them closer to each other? “Siyempre naman. Bawat araw ng pagsasama namin doon brought us closer sa isa’t isa. Every single day is unforgettable. Dahil limited lang ang crew, kami mismo, tumutulong din sa production kaya kakaiba talaga ang naging bonding namin doon.”
How is it working with Direk Olivia Lamasan, who did such past hits as “Sana Maulit Muli” (shot in the USA) and “Milan” (shot in Italy)? “It’s a great experience working with her. Magaling talaga siya at tinulungan niya kami hindi lang maging mabuting aktor, kundi maging mabuting tao. We learned so much from her. Tiwala kami talaga sa kanya and I can say na very proud kami sa aming movie na ‘Barcelona, A Love Untold’. This is our most mature portrayals so far and we’re sure magugustuhan talaga ito ng lahat ng manonood nito.”
Kathryn plays Mia, a young woman who goes to Spain trying to run away from her problems and attempts committing suicide but is saved by Daniel as Ely who tells her: "Kaunting hirap lang, susuko ka na agad? Masabihan lang ng kaunti, aalis. Kapag pumalpak, tatakas! Alam mo, Mia, Hindi ka talaga puwede sa ibang bansa eh! Ang hina mo!" Eventually Ely helps Mia to rise again from her failures, move on, and they eventually develop feelings for each other.
JOROSS SHOCKS AS ACTOR AND 'SINGER'
JOROSS Gamboa as Bob will shock the followers of the hit primetime romcom that ends on Friday, “Juan Happy Love Story”, because Kim Domingo as Agatha will get pregnant and it will turn out that he is the father and not Kim’s lover in the story, Dennis Trillo as Juan.
“Unfair nga,” he says when we visited the set of “Juan Happy Love Story”. “Ni wala man lang kaming matinding love scene ni Kim. Sila ni Dennis ang laging maraming bed scene, tapos ako pala 'yung tatay ng baby niya. Sabi ko nga kay Direk, baka puwede ipakita sa flashbacks kung paano nabuo 'yung baby,” he jokes.
He enjoyed doing “Juan Happy Love Story” so much. “Kasi napakita ko yung comic side ko. Si Bob dito, maloko, mayabang, pero deep inside, mabait siya at loyal friend kay Heart. Natutuwa nga ako kapag binabasa ko 'yung comments sa’kin. Puro positive.”
So what’s next after “Juan Happy Love Story”? Will he go back to being a Kapamilya? “Free lance naman ako ngayon, puwede ako kahit saang network. But my manager, si Noel Ferrer, sobrang bilib sa’kin, ipinasok naman ako sa singing contest. Part ako ngayon ng ‘Superstar Duets’ hosted by Jennylyn Mercado that starts airing on September 3 na.”
So how’s Noel doing these days? “Galing lang sa States. Aalis na naman daw for London. Hindi na nga namin nakikita ng mga talent niya. Tine-text lang kami. Alam naming nasa abroad na naman siya, kapag bina-viber na kami about our schedules. Pero enjoy naman ako sa ‘Superstar Duets’. Naka-two taping days na kami. Mga kasama ko rito, sina Jerald Napoles, Pekto, Rita Daniela, Denise Barbacena at iba pang singers. Sabi ko, ako lang ang hindi totoong singer dito, a. Kaya kino-comedy ko na lang. Ang ka-duet namin dito, well known singers. Sa’kin, ang ka-duet ko, si Adelle. Kinanta na namin 'yung ‘Rolling in the Deep’. Then ‘Someone Like You’. Sabi ko nga, kung si Adelle mismo, nahihirapan dun sa kanta niya, ’di lalo na ako. Sina Christian Bautista, Allan K at Aicelle Santos ang judges namin.”
Isn’t he scared he might be bashed by viewers? “Naku, inunahan ko na sila. Bina-bash ko 'yung mga kasamahan kong contestants.”
Joross remains to be a doting dad to his son who’s turning one year old in October. He got a new house for them in
Paranaque. “Dati si Tirso Cruz III ang neighbor ko, ngayon si Christopher de Leon na.”
STAR MAGIC TALENTS UNDERGO DRUG TEST
FORTY talents of ABS-CBN Star Magic willingly submitted to a drug test over the weekend amid the government's campaign against illegal drugs. Thess Gubi of Star Magic said it conducted "a supervised and voluntary drug test" last Saturday "to belie rumors of drug use in its community. Results were 100% negative for Jake Cuenca, Enrique Gil and Diego Loyzaga and the rest of the Star Magic artists. Star Magic believes in the efforts of the current campaign to keep our homes and working environments drug-free.”
Maybe other stars should also submit themselves to a drug test to prove they're also clean and set a good example to young people.