Currently playing the most popular guy on campus in Star Cinema's teen romance movie Just the Way You Are, Enrique Gil admitted he also went through a phase in his life where he was not very mature when it comes to looking for a relationship. “Before yung basis kung bakit ako nagkaka-girlfriend when I was young was because I wanted a girlfriend. Lahat naman ng tao when they grow up they always wanted a girlfriend. Crush mo ako, crush kita, sige let's do this, ganun. Pero yun ang basis eh kung bakit mo niligawan ang isang tao, kasi crush mo. Hindi mo mahal. So expected na mag-go-grow yun as you get to know each other. Pero minsan kasi after that pag nag-break kayo unang iisipin mo kung di kayo okay, mag-mo-move on, maghahanap ako kagad ng bagong girlfriend, another one. Marami pang iba diyan. So yung basis mo for looking for another girlfriend was because something was lost. You just wanted to replace it. Kaya if you enter into a relationship after that, it won't last kasi you just want the feeling back,” he said.
The 23-year-old actor, who has admitted to dating Coleen Garcia in the past, said his views on relationships have definitely matured. “Nung una siyempre when your young wala yan, wala you’re eager to get feelings so girlfriend ka ng girlfriend, ganun. But after a breakup or a heartbreak that's when you feel at your lowest. At dun mo lang mararamdaman na ayoko na ng ganito. Dun na magsisimula yung, 'Okay teka lang, should I or should I not?' Kasi na-feel mo na yung hurt eh. So as time goes by siguro it depends. Pero sa akin as time goes by the more mature you get. When I was young yung relationship para sa akin was kung crush mo yung babae, may something, naging kayo. When you break up para sa akin hindi mo alam kung totoong mahal mo siya because you want to feel that love. Hindi mo pa alam eh, you only feel love from your family so para sa akin you can only feel love if you felt what love is not. Dun mo lang masasabi kasi, 'Ah mahal ko ito kasi yung last hindi eh.' Kung talagang mahal mo ang isang tao you say you've moved on but you cannot stop missing that person kung mahal mo. Makikita mo naman eh, it's up to you. At pag feeling mo talaga iba ito sa lahat, yun dun mo mararamdaman. So the risk at first wala pero habang tumatagal the risk gets higher and higher para sa akin that's it is,” he explained.
After that phase, Quen said he became more discerning with his feelings. “So after a while inisip ko na-recycle lang. Instead of looking forward I'll just wait until maramdaman ko yun. Iba kasi kapag gusto mo na ligawan yung tao kasi mahal mo na kesa gusto mo lang siya. Gets niyo? So ayun,” he explained.
The Kapamilya hunk also shared three things that turn him off when it comes to girls. “Una, yung mga lalake very territorial eh, parang property mo yan so siguro kapag tipong flirty yung babae sa iba nakaka-turn off parang 'Huwag ka na lumapit sa akin,' ganun. Second ayoko yung masyadong overconfident siguro. Too confident. Gusto ko medyo nahihiya hiya pa. May mysterious, hindi yung bigay lahat and the third one would be yung hindi mahilig kumain. Gusto ko pag nasa date kami yung malakas kumain, masarap kumain, yun (laughs),” he admitted.
Watch Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano in Star Cinema's Just the Way You Are starting June 17 in cinemas nationwide. Directed by Theodore Boborol.