Enchong Dee admitted that working again with Julia Montes in the teleserye Muling Buksan Ang Puso was a bit awkward because of their brief tiff in the past. Back then, everyone expected that it was only a matter of time before the two would become an official couple since Enchong had been vocal about his special feelings for Julia. The two grew apart because of unknown reasons.
As such, they had to first clear the air between them before starting the project. “Hiningi namin [ang bonding] and at the same time binigay ng management. After all that had happened, aminin naman natin na nagkaroon ng awkwardness, pero after the bonding and all, okay na ako, okay na kami. Nakasama ko lang siya nung kahapon, hindi pa naman kasi nakakapgsimula ng [taping] sa amin. Pero nung nagkasama na kami, wala nang ilangan. It’s just that there are people na nag-i-expect na may ilangan kami or awkwardness. Wala na eh.”
Asked if there’s still romantic feelings between them, Enchong maintained that they don’t entertain such notions especially now that they’re starting over as friends. “Hindi ko na inilalagay sa utak ko iyong ganoon. I think we’re better off as friends now. Pinangako rin naman namin na after the bonding, okay na, tapos na. Start anew. Kasi kahit kanino, ayaw kong magkaroon ng bad relationship to anyone. Pero kung i-o-open ko pa rin sa idea na ganoon, baka masira lang ngayon na nasimulan na naming ulit yung pagkakaibigan namin. Ayaw ko nang pabayaan.”
On a different note, Enchong was also asked about the rift between his Ina Kapatid Anak co-stars Maja Salvador and Kim Chiu. The three of them were good friends and used to hang out together especially during Star Magic events. “Minsan nananaginip ako ng naka-smile kasi siguro I’m hoping deep inside na everything will turn out okay. Ako pinagdadasal ko na hindi magkaroon ng bad relationship to anyone, the same for other people. Ayaw kong nagkakaroon ng away. In time. Hindi rin naman dahil tapos na yung soap eh hindi sila magkikita ulit.”
As a friend, he can only hope for the best since getting involved might only make things worse. “Wala kasi kami sa posisyon. Lalo na ako, wala ako sa posisyon magsalita kahit kaibigan ko silang lahat, unless they ask me for advice. Ayaw kong nagbibigay ng unsolicited advice [or] moves,” he finally stated.