After sparking rumors of a new romance fueled by a post of him and a mystery woman on his Instagram account last June, Love Unlock: Hook Up star Gerald Anderson has left netizens wondering if he is now dating Julia Barretto, the actress he was last linked with and the rumored cause of his breakup with Bea Alonzo last year. In the virtual presscon for his first Kapamilya Online digital film, the actor gave an evasive response when asked if he was dating Julia. “Wala pong koneksiyon (yan) sa ginagawa natin ngayon. Respeto na lang rin po sa kanila at labas tayo diyan. Ganun talaga yung character ko, I mind my own business. At sana ipapayo ko rin yan sa ibang tao,” he said.
In the mini-movie Hook Up, Gerald reunites with Arci Muñoz to play lovers who will try to spice things up by attempting to make love online. But as they continue to explore more about online lovemaking, they will discover new things about each other that will change the course of their relationship. Gerald admitted he enjoyed playing the role of Carlo. “Nakaka-relate ako sa character ko kasi medyo chill lang din siya. Down-to-earth, relaxed lang siya, nasa bahay lang. Nung na-lockdown siya, okay lang naman sa kanya kasi homebody naman siya. Kumbaga gusto naman niya mag stay lang sa bahay lagi tpaos mahilig mag-workout. So may parehong hilig kami and na-mi-misunderstood din siya ng girlfriend niya. Kumbaga kasi naabutan sila ng lockdown so hindi sila nakapagkita but ang dating sa girlfriend niya, parang hindi masyado nag-effort or hindi niya masyadong gumawa ng paraan para magkita sila. Pero yung pagiging misunderstood, nakaka-relate ako sa kanya,” he shared.
In his third onscreen pairing with Arci after Always Be My Maybe and Can We Still Be Friends?, Gerald said he would look forward to doing more projects with her in the future. “Si Arci kasi kahit sino i-partner mo sa kanya talagang babagay talaga eh. Kumabaga, ganun siya kagaling and it’s always easy working with Arci kasi parang napaka natural at magaan siya katrabaho. Masaya siyang kasama and gusto niya yung ginagawa niya. Hindi po biro yung ginawa namin. Napakahirap kasi online lahat. Si direk sinasabi lang sa amin kung ano yung anggulo at yung ilaw and then kami rin yung audio man at maglalagay ng camera. So mahirap siyang trabaho but working with Arci has always been very light and sa lahat naman ng mga projects na ginawa namin very fun, magaan lang, and siyempre in the future sana pag okay lahat lahat sana magkasama pa rin kami,” he explained.
Love Unlock: Hook Up is directed by Dado Lumibao and written by Benson Logronio Arah Jell Badayos. Viewers can watch Love Unlock and other Kapamilya shows on Kapamilya Online Live for free. On YouTube, it will stream continuously throughout the day from as early as 7:40 AM until 10 PM.