Jessy Mendiola said in a recent interview that taping for her upcoming teleserye Isla is ongoing and that they have completed the first three weeks of episodes. Other stars of the soap include Matteo Guidicelli, Matt Evans, and Jewel Mische.
As to working with Matteo, her leading man in the teleserye, Jessy said that they are gradually learning more about each other. “Sobrang nakikilala namin ang isa’t-isa, tapos minsan para kaming aso’t-pusa, nag-aasaran pero sobrang lokohan lang,” she related.
However, there are issues that claimed that the two have been spotted going out just recently and were allegedly extra close. Jessy clarified, “Ang nangyari non parang lumabas kami tapos kasama namin ang director, tapos ibang staff ng Isla, so para siyang celebration. Nagkataon lang na magkatabi kami tapos may nagsabi na, ‘Pwedeng picture-an ko kayong dalawa?’ Eh hindi ako nakatingin so parang ‘yung [posisyon ko] sa pagtawag [ni Matteo] ng atensyon ko ‘Uy!’ Ginanun [hinawakan] niya ako sa legs ko. Pagkaganun ko nag-smile kaming dalawa hindi ko alam na all the while pala ‘yung kamay niya nasa legs ko, pero after the picture, tinanggal din niya.”
She dismissed the claims that Matteo is courting her. “Kasi syempre galing siya sa heartbreak. Ayoko naman ano… parang as our project goes parang gusto ko rin ‘yung relationship namin as co-workers [or] as friends [maging] okay naman.”
The actress continued that she and Matteo are just starting out as colleagues and friends so Matteo is not yet talking to her about personal stuff. “Siyempre sa ngayon paunti-unti lang pero sinabi ko sa kanya as much as possible andito lang naman ako to listen. Siyempre pagdating sa mag-love team or partner, kailangan wala kayong wall sa isa’t-isa,” Jessy explained.
After that recent group date with the cast, staff, and crew of Isla, she said that they have not gone out again because they are busy with work. “Naging busy kami sa Isla eh kasi meron kaming sunud-sunod [na takes] sa beach. Ang itim na nga niya at ako rin,” she continued.
She confirmed that they get to exchange text messages but on subjects that have something to do with work. “Usually kapag meron kaming mga rehearsals dun kami nagkaka-text-an or mga locations, ‘Oi, nasaan ka na?’”
When directly asked if there is a possibility that their working relationship might end up in a romantic one, Jessy replied, “Di ko alam parang ang bilis naman masyado.”
Apart from Matteo, Jessy is also being linked to Derek Ramsay after a write-up came out that claimed that she and the actor were seen together at a hotel lobby. Jessy explained that she does not know where these allegations are coming from and why she is being linked to different guys. “Personally I don’t know Derek. I haven’t met him yet. Of course I know who he is but hindi ko po siya ka-close na nagkakilala na formally introduced. I don’t see why nali-link kami sa isa’t-isa at meron pa nagsabi na nakita raw kami magkasama sa mall. Baka kamukha ko lang. Bakit kami maglalakad sa mall ng magkasama?”