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John Estrada on working with Gelli de Belen: ‘hindi naman siya yung naging asawa ko’

John Estrada and Gelli de Belen talk about their working relationship.

BY CRISTINA MALONZO-BALANE

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9/21/2016 9:37 AM
John Estrada on working with Gelli de Belen: ‘hindi naman siya yung naging asawa ko’


092116-JohnGelli_PUSH.jpgOn Tonight with Boy Abunda, two of the stars of the primetime teleserye Magpahanggang Wakas, Gelli de Belen and John Estrada, shared what it was like working with each other.

 There was an awkwardness present during the interview, or as host Boy Abunda put it, “ang tension po ay palpable dito sa studio.”

 When asked if the two have a healthy working relationship, John blatantly replied, “hindi naman siya yung naging asawa ko.” On whether or not their off cam relationship was an issue in accepting their roles on the show, John said, “yeah, I think, Gel ikaw na sumagot niyan.”

 Gelli is the sister of John’s ex-wife Janice de Belen. The actress admitted, “it was a consideration. I wanted to know what the role was and kung anong connection ko kay John. Tinanong ako, ‘asawa ni John o ex-wife ni John,’ doon na ako sa ex-wife ni John! Ang hirap din naman, diba? Ang mahirap, mag sweet sweet kami, parang, hello? Parang magkapatid kami or ex magkapatid or whatever you want to call it.”

 She added, “exactly yung point din ni Ariel (Rivera) and Janice noon nung sila yung magkasama sa Ina, Kapatid, Anak. Medyo naweirdohan sila noong umpisa pero eventually nag workout naman. So I think, like right now, ganoon naman.”

 When asked, “nagalit ka ba noon kay John?” Gelli exclaimed, “Oo naman ano!” which caused John to plead, “pakitago na yung tanong na yan, please. Baka magbalik ala-ala ito at…”

 John expressed his gratitude to be part of the teleserye. “I’m just honored to be part of this teleserye; to work with Gelli, Echo, Arci, etc., sina Miss Rita Avila. I feel so blessed talaga because it’s a great story, ang saya naming sa set.” Gelli then chided, “masaya ka?” which baffled the actor who responded, “hindi ka ba masaya?”

 “Hindi ako sure, pagkasama ka, hindi ako sure,” Gelli joked. John continued, “naiintindihan ko naman yun, kaya binibigyan kita ng kaunting space. I’m just really grateful to be a part of Magpawalang ano,” which Gelli corrected, “Magpahanggang Wakas.

 This then elicited laughs between the three which lightened up the mood.

 During the segment Fast Talk, John expressed his sadness in his eldest daughter Inah’s choice of changing her family name to that of her mom’s. He said, “it’s a dad’s instinct, I even told Gelli that. And when my daughter told that, I said, ‘no way!’ Pero inexplain naman ng management niya at naintindihan ko naman. Ako naman, sa pagmamahal ko sa anak ko, sa ikabubuti ng anak ko, okay lang sa akin kahit kalimutan pa niya ang apelyido ko.”