Despite incessant comparisons by their respective fans over the years, Toda Max star Angel Locsin maintained that she and Marian Rivera are on good terms. However, she admitted that there was a time that she and Marian were a little aloof around each other.
“Sa amin kasi wala kaming issue. Wala kaming away. Siguro nagkakaroon na lang ng parang medyo naging aloof kami sa isa’t isa kasi laging nako-compare,” confessed Angel in an interview during the press set visit for Toda Max. The comparison between the two actresses began after they both took on the role of the iconic Filipino heroine Darna some years back.
Being pitted against Marian by hardcore fans, Angel said has resigned herself to the thought that “Alam mong iko-compare ng tao talaga kahit anong gawin namin, laging may manlalait sa akin na fan niya, may manlalait sa kanya na fan ko.”
With that, she has asked their respective followers to put their non-existent rivalry to rest. “Sana ‘wag na lang po ganon kasi wala naman pong ginagawa sa akin si Marian. Ako, wala naman ako sanang nagawang masama sa kanya at okay naman siya sa akin,” she added.
While they are not the best of friends, Angel has nothing but good words about Marian’s generosity which she witnessed when the latter gave donations for Shop and Share, a online charity auction she spearheaded with Anne Curtis in 2009 for the benefit of the displaced victims of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.“Nung Shop and Share kaya humingi ako sa kanya ng mga donations and nag-donate siya ng mga gowns niya tsaka bags,” Angel shared.
Recently, Angel had the chance to meet with Marian for the cover shoot of Rogue magazine where they both posed for the cameras for their stylist and friend Pam Quiñones together with Charlene Gonzales, Judy Ann Santos, and Anne Curtis.
According to Angel, that was the first time that she had the chance to her five years since she transferred networks. She said she was the first to approach Marian and her first words to her were: “Kailangan natin mag-usap.” To which Marian replied with a hearty laugh and said, “Oo nga eh!”
From that moment on, she said they started chatting with each other and among the things that they spoke about was how Marian felt about the long-standing comparison between them. “Sabi nga niya na parang pagod na raw siya na lagi [kaming] kinu-compare sa isa’t isa. Eh wala naman kaming issue, di ba?” Angel revealed.
What did she feel upon seeing Marian? “Nung nakita ko siya, natuwa naman ako sa kanya kasi kalog rin pa siya. Down-to-earth rin at laging nakangiti. Niyakap ko siya at nagtawanan na kami at nagchikahan sa mga nangyari sa buhay namin. Natuwa lang ako na at least sure kami na wala kaming problema,” she recalled.
As for the possibility of a joint project with Marian, Angel said she thinks that the time has yet to come for them to collaborate on a project, especially if it would only add on to animosity between their respective fans. “Honestly, kung parang magkaroon lang ng issue yung project, huwag na lang,” she bluntly responded. “Kasi sayang naman yung performance namin or yung galing ng direktor, or yung galing ng scriptwriter kung matatabunan lang ng issue yung pelikula. Baka hindi pa siguro ngayon.”
“Pero kami, wala kaming problema,” she added.