Janella Salvador on Daniel Padilla: “Lahat naman yata ng babae kikiligin sa kanya.”

Janella Salvador (middle) is flanked by Mother Lily Monteverde (left) and Roselle Monteverde of Regal Films. Janella will star in Retreat House, the first of her four-movie contract with Regal.

Janella Salvador, the young actress who plays Nikki in the hit teleserye Be Careful With My Heart, admittedly has a crush on Teen King Daniel Padilla but she is quite reluctant to admit it because of bashers online.

When asked to confirm whether she has a crush on Daniel or not, Janella answered, “Hindi na... inaaway kasi ako.”

The ABS-CBN actress disclosed that she has been at the receiving end of angry tweets from ardent fans of Kathniel, the tandem of Daniel and Kathryn Bernardo.

Although Janella concedes that she would not turn down the chance to work with the heartthrob in the future.

A member of the press teasingly asked, “Bongga yun, di ba, kung si Daniel ang magiging partner mo?”

“Oo, bongga din yung pang ba-bash,” Janella quipped in return.

“Pero kikiligin ka?” she was further asked.

She answered with a smile, “Lahat naman yata ng babae kikiligin sa kanya.”


The 16-year-old actress added quickly: “Basta fan ako ng Kathniel.”

Janella—who recently signed a contract with Star Cinema—also signed a four-movie contract with Regal Films last Saturday, July 12. Present at the contract signing were Mother Lily and Roselle Monteverde.

The Kapamilya actress is set to make a movie under Regal Films titled Retreat House, written and directed by Jun Lana. She also has an upcoming teleserye with ABS-CBN but she is unable to provide details regarding the project.

When asked how she feels when being compared to Julia Barretto, Janella pointed out:

“Okay lang naman for me, pero in real life hindi naman kami magka-away or anything, we're close friends.

“I'm just doing my best, may comparison, may bashers pero hindi naman maiiwasan 'yon. I'm doing my best and my fans are supporting me, yun na 'yon.”

MENDING FAMILY TIES. Janella comes from a showbiz family. Her dad Juan Miguel Salvador is a singer and her mom, Jenine Desiderio is a theater actress who performed in Miss Saigon. Sadly, the two broke up in 2003.


When asked if she still has communication with her dad, the young actress confided, “As of now, hindi ko pa siya nakikita since I was like ten.”

What if he suddenly contacts her?

“It's okay lang, kami naman we're trying to reach out to him pero hindi kami masyado nakaka[pag-usap] text-text lang.”

Is she still angry at her dad?

The actress clarified: “Siguro dati a little pero ngayon whatever he wants, okay na 'yon, at least ako I'm reaching out.”

Does Juan Miguel Salvador already have his own family?

“Ako lang yung real anak niya, pero may family na siya.”

When asked if she looks for a father figure, Janella admitted, “Dati naiisip ko, siyempre may classmates ako sila may mga father. Pero ngayon it's okay lang with me, my mom is my father na din.”

Did she inherit the singing talents of her parents?

“Pwede, kaya po ako late kanina kasi galing po ako sa recording ng Himig Handog, I'm one of the interpreters.”


VEERING AWAY FROM SWEET IMAGE. What kinds of roles are Janella willing to portray onscreen?

“Siyempre, as of now wala munang kissing, no sexy yet, yun lang,” she stressed.

When asked if she is willing to play kontrabida roles, she said yes without hesitaion.

“Nakalagay yata na iba ibang genre yung gagawin ko with Regal.”

When asked which movie of Mother Lily was her favorite, Janella said she was a fan of the long-running horror franchise Shake, Rattle and Roll.

“I'm actually a fan of Shake, Rattle and Roll, sana isama ako.”

The young actress who just turned 16 last March admitted that she can't entertain suitors just yet.

“Wala pa po, bawal pa,” she said when asked if her Be Careful With My Heart co-star Marlo Mortel is courting her.

“Close friends lang muna kami.”


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