Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia were not actually aware about their chemistry and sexual tension while filming Love You to the Stars and Back.
Their sexual tension was actually noticed by director Antoinette "Tonette" Jadaone, which she revealed during a recent blogcon.
She said about her actors, "Kapag nakatapat na sa kanila yung camera, kahit hindi sila naghahawak, may chemistry sila, e. May sexual tension."
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the JoshLia love team about Direk Antoinette's observation, the two simply smiled at each other.
Joshua then answered, "Paano ko ba ie-explain? Hindi kasi namin nakikita, e. Hindi namin namamalayan yun.
"Actually, tinutulungan kami ni Direk Tonette para ilabas yung nakakakilig sa amin, yung sexual tension, tinuturo niya rin, e.
"Tinutulungan niya kami. Tapos yung lahat noon, normal na rin na lumalabas sa amin."
Meanwhile, Julia believes that their close relationship with each other brings out their natural chemistry.
She explained, "Maybe, I don't know exactly why, pero siguro kasi there are feelings involved, there's love involved [in the movie].
"So siyempre, pag ganon, parang siguro, it's very seen sa actions namin, the way we move, that we don't even realize!"
She then joked, "Obvious na po ba kami?!"
Joshua added with a laugh, "At saka lagi siyang kinikilig sa akin, e!"
Julia then laughed and said, "Bigay na natin sa kanya, totoo naman din!"
PEP.ph spoke to the JoshLia love team during their bloggers' conference for Love You to the Stars and Back last Sunday, August 27.
Their new film will be shown in Philippine cinemas starting this Wednesday, August 30.
Joshua and Julia were also asked: If ever they become a couple in real life, would they admit it to the public?
Joshua declared, "Oo naman bakit naman namin itatago. Malalaman at malalaman niyo rin naman."
Julia added, "Aaminin namin at a right time, hindi pa sa ngayon dahil mga bata pa kami."
For proof of the growing closeness between the two, take a look at these sweet photos of Joshua and Julia taken during the event:
ON RICO-CLAUDINE COMPARISON. Meanwhile, Joshua and Julia both downplayed the comparisons between them and the love team of Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto.
Netizens have been tagging them as the Rico-Claudine of this generation when they reenacted a scene in the 2002 movie Got 2 Believe. This scene was shown in JoshLia's first movie Vince and Kath and James (2016).
Joshua said with a smile, "Sa akin, nakakahiya kasi, e. Kasi siyempre, Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto yun, ibang way yung tinahak nila, talagang nakakakilig silang dalawa.
"And naniniwala din ako na ibang way yung tatahakin namin at we're very happy na ganun po yung tawag sa amin."
Julia, who is the niece of Claudine in real life, hopes that they can carve a name for themselves in the entertainment scene.
"It's very flattering, siyempre. It is very flattering but at the same time, nakakahiya nga.
"We're just being ourselves, and hopefully we'll find our spot also in the industry, sana makagawa kami ng pangalan for ourselves."