Kiray Celis says she is not out to compete with her friends in showbiz.
With the success of her first starring role in the movie Love is Blind,
Kiray Celis admitted she feels grateful for the big break in her career. The Regal films comedy which also stars Derek Ramsay and Solenn Heussaff has already grossed more than P50M at the box office. “Sana nga ito na ang simula. Pero kung hindi rin dahil sa mga kasama ko hindi ako aangat kasi kung ako lang ito hindi naman manunuod yung mga tao eh. It’s because of us. Hindi ko lang ito victory, victory naming lahat,” she said during her solo thanksgiving blogger’s conference held last February 18 at Dong Juan restaurant in Quezon city.
While the blogcon was ongoing, Kiray’s friend and co-star in the TV5 series Parang Normal Activity Ella Cruz reportedly posted two angry tweets on her personal account, hinting at a possible rift between the two. This was in reference to Kiray’s previous interview with Push.com.ph about her dancing skills being better than Ella’s.
The 19-year-old Kapamilya talent denied that there is any friction between her and the former Star Magic talent. The fact that they even work harmoniously together on the same show is proof that they are not competing with each other in any way. "Wala akong binabanggit about her. Diyos ko kasama ko lang siya kaninang umaga. 8:30 am na kami nag pack-up at natapos nag-taping kami ng Parang Normal. Never ko siya kinompare as kakompetensiya kasi lagi niya akong sinasama sa mga shows niya. Sa Parang Normal siya nagsabi sa akin na isama ako, sa mga shows lagi niyang sinasabing isasama niya ako. Ella is a best friend,” she explained.
Kiray, who became visibly upset by the news, said she cannot imagine putting herself in the limelight at her friend’s expense. The Love is Blind star tried to hold back the tears as she clarified the issue. "Hindi ako sasagot ng ganun. Hindi ako puwedeng sumagot ng ganun at hindi ko kailanman sasagutin ng ganun kasi Ella is a friend and super supportive sa movie ko. Ayokong iisipin niya na may ganun ako sa kanya. It’s not true. Never ko yun gagawin sa kanya. Kahit kailanman hindi ko siya ka-kompetensiya kasi iba ako, iba siya. I mean, comedy ako at alam niyang hindi siya yun. Hindi niya yun genre,” she added.
In order to not make the issue any worse, Kiray said she will contact Ella directly to apologize and make sure everything is all right between them. She hopes to explain her side and keep the friendship. "Wala, wala talaga (competition). Wala talagang ganun. Siguro I’ll call her later. Actually nagulat ako ha. Hindi ko in-expect na ganito. I didn’t know kasi I don’t have internet. Hindi pa ako nakakapag-unli surf,” she admitted.