While onscreen their characters as Tatay Guido and Annaliza on their hit afternoon soap Annaliza are virtually inseparable, Zanjoe Marudo revealed his bond with child star Andrea Brillantes is different in real life.
During a recent visit, Zanjoe explained that their bond is something that formed unexpectedly. “Hindi naman siya yung plinano na, 'Ay, magiging close ako sa batang ito pagkatapos ng show' kasi... 'Pag taping naman, tahimik lang ako, trabaho lang ako," the actor comedian said. He added, “Wala. Bigla na lang nangyari na naging close ako sa bata.”
Apart from Zanjoe, his girlfriend Bea Alonzo had also become close to Andrea, even spending time together as shown on some of her posts on her Instagram account. “Nakikita ni Bea sa akin [at] pag kinukuwento ko o nag-uusap kaming dalawa. So, parang siya, gusto rin niya makilala, gusto rin niyang ma-experience kung gaanong ka-cute itong batang ito," the 31-year-old actor explained.
He eventually introduced Bea and Andrea to each other and “Minsan silang dalawa na lang yung magkausap. Minsan silang dalawa lang 'yung magkasama."
Of the many times that they've hung out together, both Andrea and Zanjoe agreed that their favorite bonding activity was when they all watched Bea's most recent film, She's The One.
He narrated, "Kapag may kissing scene, gagawin ni Bea, tatakpan niya yung mata ni Andrea. Gagawin naman ni Andrea, tatakpan 'yung mata ko. 'Yung mga tao sa sinehan, tawanan nang tawanan!”
Andrea, for her part, shared that Zanjoe is like an older brother who is funny and sweet. She said that she doesn't really feel bad that he "pesters" her to no end. This admission made Zanjoe laugh as he declared, “Gusto niya 'yun eh. Ayaw niya 'yung, ‘Cute!’ Ayaw niya ng ganon kasi lagi siyang ginaganon.” He continued, “Siguro, nung nakilala niya ako, bargas ako sa kanya, siguro ngayon lang siya naka-experience ng kasama niyang ganon sa kanya."
Zanjoe said he suspects that Andrea is somehow used to the idea of people doting on her cuteness. “Parang masyado na siyang sawa sa mga ‘Ang ganda-ganda mo naman, ang cute-cute mo naman!’ Eh siya hindi ko siya ginaganun!” Zanjoe proudly stated.
When asked if their fondness to Andrea could somehow signify that he and Bea are already poised to starting their own family, Zanjoe's surprised and incredulous reply was: "Napakalayo naman ng… baby na agad?”