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Matt Evans says hes open to courting Juanita Banana co-star Bianca Manalo

Matt Evans admits that while he's focused on his career for now, he wouldn't mind hooking up with co-star Bianca Manalo.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

FRESH SCOOPS

11/11/2010 7:06 AM
Matt Evans says hes open to courting Juanita Banana co-star Bianca Manalo


As he makes his debut appearance as the dwarf prince Prince Rikitik on the show Juanita Banana, Matt Evans says he is both excited and nervous to be part of the cast of the hit afternoon fantasy series. "Siyempre masaya ako. Pero na-pe-pressure din ako kasi ngayon pa lang ako papasok eh. So syempre na-establish na nila Bianca, nila Rodjun (Cruz), yung whole cast, yung characters nila. So kinakabahan ako kasi yun nga, ngayon pa lang ako papasok this week. So sana mas tumaas pa ang ratings 'lsquo;pag nagkataon. I feel so blessed lang talaga," he said during the Thanksgiving lunch of Juanita Banana held last November 8 at the ABS-CBN compound.

Matt, along with Rodjun Cruz, is teamed up with beauty queen turned actress Bianca Manalo in the new series which recently earned the top ratings in its afternoon timeslot. Matt, who has been single for quite a time now, admits he is not looking for a relationship at the moment. "Trabaho muna. Torpe nga ako, hanggang cellphone lang, text text lang ako. Mga tipong hi hello, goodnight. Trabaho lang din ako ngayon eh. Puro trabaho, trabaho, trabaho. Yun lang gusto ko ngayon. Para sa akin, bina-balanse ko lang yung buhay ko," he stressed.

Now that he and his former love team partner Melissa Ricks have started doing separate projects, Matt says he considers this to be a different kind of opportunity. "Actually advantage din ito kasi nakakapag-explore ako sa acting. Parang mabuti rin para sa aming dalawa kasi para hindi lang kami nakatali kumbaga napapatunayan din namin puwede rin pala kami i-partner sa iba. Okay din talaga para sa akin yun. Pero siyempre nami-miss din namin yung kami, magka-partners," he admitted. The 24-year-old Fil-Am also shares that he thinks there are advantages to not be paired with anyone in showbiz and was obviously relieved not to be plagued with issues about pairing him up with Melissa for real. "Mahirap kung katrabaho. Para sa akin, siyempre trabaho ang focus sa ngayon eh. Kung pupunta man kami dun, kahit nga ngayon na hindi kami magkatrabaho, kung pupunta talaga kami dun, nasa sa amin na yun," he said.

In Juanita Banana, Matt plays a pint-sized prince who immediately falls for the charming and sexy banana vendor. In real life, Matt says it'rsquo;s not hard to imagine falling for someone like his co-star. "Si Bianca kalog at saka ang tangkad (laughs). Sobrang bait na tao. Sobrang panalo talaga siya sa lahat, pati sa ugali. Naiilang talaga ako sa kanya dati kasi beauty queen nga pero sobrang approachable niya, madali kagad napalapit ung loob namin. Masarap kasama, kalog, may sense of humor, lahat meron. Eh beauty queen nga eh," he shared. But Matt divulged that it would take more than height to discourage him from pursuing a girl. "Nai-intimidate nga ako eh, kasi pag naka-heels siya parang ang tingin ko, ang liit liit ko eh. Pero actually okay naman ako kahit anong height ng babae, kumbaga nasa pakikisama naman yan," he said.