Shaina Magdayao says Rayver Cruz has grown as an actor and as a person in their onscreen reunion.
After almost four years since their last project together, Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz are reunited for an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya airing on'nbsp; February 26. The former onscreen partners worked together last in the 2007 teleserye Rounin. "Nung first taping day medyo nakakapanibago kasi nga nasanay ako na ang kaharap ko sa kamera si Jason Abalos because of Alyna," Shaina admitted during a recent set visit of MMK. "Matagal kaming hindi nagkasama talaga so parang medyo tinatantiya-tantiya pa namin ang isa'rsquo;t isa on camera. Pero off-cam ganun pa rin because we always see each other naman on ASAP. Every week naman kaming nagkikita, so walang ilangan."
Shaina shared that she is grateful for the chance to work again with Rayver, because the project is a treat for the fans of their team-up. She said that she is hoping that their fans will be happy to see them together onscreen even for just one MMK episode.
The actress related that she misses working with her former leading man. She added that there was a time that they were linked together, but their onscreen partnership did not translate into a real-life romance. Shaina explained that when their team-up ended, they also lost constant communication. Currently, Shaina is with John Lloyd Cruz while Rayver is committed to Cristine Reyes.
Aside from his improved physique, Shaina said that she saw a lot of changes in Rayver, especially as a person. "Nag-mature si Rayver. Makulit pa rin siya pero hindi na katulad ng kulit n'rsquo;ya dati. 'lsquo;Yung pagkakulit niya [ngayon] in a mature way. 'lsquo;Yung dati talaga kulit bata."
She added that she is proud of the actor'rsquo;s growth. "Siguro mas marami na kaming na-experience, mas marami na kaming nakatrabaho, mas maraming natutunan sa mga nakasama namin, that'rsquo;s why it'rsquo;s refreshing, kaming dalawa na naman ang magkaharap."
She went to say that Rayver has also grown into a more mature actor. Shaina explained, "Siguro dahil marami na rin siyang pinagdaanan sa personal niyang buhay. Dun naman nanggagaling 'lsquo;yun. Siguro marami rin siyang natutunan in life na naa-apply niya dito sa show business, sa pag-arte. So definitely, ibang-iba na siya ngayon, but in a good way."