"Hindi naman kailangang magpaalam," says Carla Abellana when asked if she sought screen partner Geoff Eigenmann's approval before agreeing to work with Dennis Trillo in the upcoming romantic drama anthology Love Bug: "The Last Romance."

Photo: Noel Orsal

NOT A STAGE DAD. Carla is excited to work with her father, Rey "PJ" Abellana, in Love Bug.

PJ will portray the role of Abel, the father of Carla's cancer-stricken character named Rackie.

"Nung una medyo kinabahan ako kasi hindi ko alam kung anong kalalabasan," recalled the 23-year-old actress to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "First time siyempre and daddy ko 'yon, e, di ako sanay katrabaho daddy ko. Pero ang galing niya! Sabi ko, ganito pala 'yong pakiramdam na kaeksena mo 'yong dad mo compared to watching him only on TV."

Carla will share many "heartfelt" scenes with PJ: "We talk about sensitive issues... Iyakan talaga."

Did PJ acted like a stage father on the set?

"My dad is not a stage father at all!" Carla beamed proudly. "He's very busy with work which we are very thankful for dahil at least tuloy-tuloy din ang trabaho niya. Hindi naman siya stage father, but from time to time, he would call para mangumusta."

Her dad is not fond of offering criticism about her acting. "He never criticized me naman. Pag tatawag lang siya, sasabihin lang niya, 'Uy, napanood kita! I'm very proud of you and just continue to do well.' Pero walang tips in terms of acting."