During a lunch meeting with the press, Kean Cipriano, for the first time, opened up about his personal life.
As Kean has a lot of upcoming projects now that he is also into directing, he said that he is open to working with his wife, actress Chynna Ortaleza, someday. The conversation then led him to share their love story.
“Gusto namin gumawa kasi ‘dun din naman kami naging close ‘nung magkasama kami sa isang TV show sa isang episode before,” he started.
“Makulit nga kasi ‘yung istorya namin ‘nun eh. Bata pa lang ako, napapanood ko na ‘yun, eh. Gusto kong pa-fan sign ‘dun eh,” he even quipped.
Chynna, who has been in the business since 2001, is four years older than him. Kean, who entered the industry via his band Callalily in 2005, is 30 years old.
“Kasi dati, ‘yung pinsan ko, stylist sa GMA. Tapos iniistyle-an niya si Chynna no’n. Siguro fourth year high school ako ‘nun. Tapos meron akong grad ball, sabi sa’kin ng pinsan ko, ‘ano, gusto mo date mo artista?’ Sabi ko, ‘oo, siyempre.’ Sige, game. Artista, okay ‘yun. Poging pogi ako sa batch ko ‘nun,” he lightheartedly narrated.
“’Gusto mo si Chynna Ortaleza?’ Sabi niya. Sabi ko, ‘oo, sige!’ Napapanood ko ‘yun eh, crush ko ‘yun eh,’” he said, mentioning he watched her on the defunct show Click, as well as in the movie Kuya that he remembered watching during his birthday.
However, the plan did not push through. “Binigyan na lang ako ng picture, ‘yung wallet size,” with a dedication at the back.
“Nilagay ko lang sa wallet ko, okay na. Hindi ko naman alam na ‘yun pala ‘yung magiging asawa ko,” Kean said, adding that they would joke about it until now.
“Hanggang ngayon naglolokohan kami… Sinasabihan ko pa rin si Chynna na ang surreal sa ’kin na asawa ko siya.”
When Kean and Chynna first worked together, nothing happened between them as they both had respective relationships during that time.
“After two years, nagkasama kami ulit. Nagdidirek na ako ng mga music videos. Siya, interesado rin siya sa paggawa ng film. Enthusiast din siya ng pelikula at ng music so ‘dun kami nagkonekta. Parang sinabihan ko, gusto mo bang mag-assistant director sa akin? ‘Wala akong alam.’ ‘Okay lang yan.’ So siya ‘yung nag-assistant director sa akin sa mga ilang music videos hanggang sa lagi na kaming magkasama,” he said, adding that they were able to establish the friendship first.
Chynna is also part of the production of Kean’s newest online show called Tambay Hits to be released on his YouTube channel on Saturday, July 22 at 9 p.m.
The two married in December of 2015. They have a one-year-old daughter named Stellar.