At a recent press con for Noah, Zaijian Jaranilla acknowledged the fact that he and fellow child star Xyriel Manabat are now considered the youngest love team in the country to date. Their tandem instantly captivated the hearts of the Kapamilya viewers as their adventures and misadventures added a playful element to the top-rating teleserye. Although they sometimes engage in the typical kiddie quarrels on the set, Zaijian was very happy to have Xyriel to play with on and off cam. "Hindi pa po kami artista magkaibigan na po kaming dalawa. Kaya mas close na po kami ngayon. Mahilig po kami maglaro ng taguan o kaya naglalaro lang kami ng Plants vs. Zombies," he cheerfully began.
Among all the popular love teams in the biz, Zaijian shared that he would like to emulate that of Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales. "Basta gusto ko lang po sila and napapanood ko sila sa Magkaribal pa minsan. Okay lang po [sa akin kung maging love team kami ni Xyriel]. Masaya po yun. Opo, love ko naman siya." But the 9-year-old was quick to clarify that they are just good friends. Zaijan also claimed that he got over his attraction towards sexy star Cristine Reyes, but he refused to reveal his celebrity crush at the moment. "Bawal ko po sabihin. Secret. Kaming tatlo lang nila Xyriel at Miguel (de Guzman) ang nakakaalam kung sino ang crush namin," he added, much to the local press'rsquo;s amusement.
Zaijan said that being on the set of Noah is fun because he really gets along with his co-stars like Piolo Pascual and Jodi Sta. Maria. "Si kuya Piolo mapagmahal, mabait, gwapo at macho katulad ko. Masaya po kami palagi kapag kasama ko siya sa set, lagi niya akong kinikiliti at binibigyan ng chocolates. Ganon din po si ate Jodi, inaalagaan niya rin po ako." Asked if there are any other Kapamilya stars that he would like to work with in the future, Zaijan remarked that he already worked with a lot of big stars during his stint in May Bukas Pa. "Pero si kuya John Lloyd Cruz hindi ko pa nakakatrabaho. Gusto ko din po siyang makatrabaho," he stated.