New Kapamilya Elmo Magalona is confident that being in a relationship will not affect his budding onscreen partnership with Janella Salvador.
Elmo is in a relationship with actress Janine Gutierrez.
During a press conference for his first soap with the network together with Janella, Elmo revealed his first “disclosure” to his leading lady.
“‘Yun ang first thing na sinabi ko and sinabi ko sa kanya na there’s nothing to be worried about because in my part, ako na mismo ang nag-open up na and I did what I had to do na,” he said.
Janella, for her part, said that they when they are on the set they are always on “work mode.” While she has yet to be introduced to Janine by Elmo, Janella revealed that she has already met her because they were both endorsers of a certain brand.
Elmo is not the type to keep his real life romance a secret for the sake of a love team.
“I don’t want people to see me as someone fake. I want people to see the real me,” he explained.
Does being in a relationship somehow limit his actions when he’s around Janella?
“Mas ingat ako kay Janella because I know that she’s younger than me,” started Elmo. “So marami pa siyang like this is her first romantic approach in a soap so ginagawa ko lang ‘yung best ko na hindi siya mabigla sa mga stuff because she’s younger than me.”
Meanwhile, Janella and Elmo are well aware that their young love team would be pitted against the other ones in the network, particularly with KimXi composed of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim because their soap is set to take their slot in primetime.
Well, we can’t avoid naman the comparison. And we’re not out to compete naman,” said Janella.
Elmo for his part added, “But there’s no comparison at all because KimXi is one of the biggest established love teams of this network. I mean we hope that out show can live up to the time slot’s success.”
The singer-rapper, however, admitted that he feels a huge amount of pressure especially with the fact that he’s paired with Janella who came from a successful partnership with Marlo Mortel.
“Yes. Hindi lang po ‘yun and ito rin ang pinakauna kong teleserye sa ABS-CBN so kung pressure po ang pag-uusapan, mas pressure pa sa Titanic na ship na nag-sink. Talagang pressure talaga for me,” he confessed.
Then he added, “ ‘Yun ‘yung nagbibigay sa akin ng strength and guidance na talagang pagandahin ang project namin ni Janella.”
Janella and Elmo are set to play the roles of Sam and Kevin respectively. The soap follows how aspiring singer Sam meets celebrity Kevin through the help of their “red string of faith.” Born For You is set to premiere on primetime on June 20.