Janella Salvador admitted that she felt tense upon learning that she wouldn't be paired with Elmo Magalona in her upcoming movie, So Connected.
For this project produced by Regal Films, Janella was paired with Hashtags member Jameson Blake.
She said, "At first, I didn't know how to feel about it. Honestly, hindi ko talaga alam noong una kung anong mararamdaman ko.
"But I really thought about it well and I talked to the people who offered me the project, the management, tapos tinanong ko yung mga questions sa utak ko, what if ganito, what if ganyan."
Despite being paired with a different actor for this film, the management clarified to Janella that her love team with Elmo is not breaking up.
"Na-appease naman ako, naisip ko, hindi naman siya love team break-up, hindi naman siya officially ganun.
"There are other venues, there are other ways for me to still work with Elmo and I don’t think there’s anything wrong naman now to accept the project with someone else.
"That’s our job as actors and actresses, to be able to make the audience feel feelings during the movie and it doesn’t necessarily have to be off-cam also.
"Yun lang, na-appease naman ako na it’s not gonna be forever, there’s nothing wrong lang."
While Janella is now busy promoting So Connected, which opens on May 23 in cinemas, Elmo just wrapped up shooting his movie titled Walwal.
Does Janella feel pressure about the box-office returns of her movie without Elmo since the box-office performance could affect her future prospects?
"Well, siyempre we all hope for the best when it comes to the box-office returns.
"Ako, I’m very thankful kay Mother [Lily Monteverde], sa Regal, sa buong team na binibigyan nila ako ng maraming maraming projects, and this is one of the nicest stories talaga that I've done.
"Hindi ko talaga alam what to expect, I can never control kung anong mangyayari.
"Minsan, siyempre, kinakabahan tayo, kinabakahan ako na hala, baka ganito, ganyan.
"Pero in the end, I just really give it all up to God, siya na bahala kung saan ako dadalhin, kung ano mangyayari sa akin, sa career ko, and I can’t really control.
"I just really do what I love, ine-enjoy ko bawat film, bawat character."
Janella and the other cast members of So Connected were interviewed by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other bloggers during a digital media conference last May 17 at 38 Valencia Events Place, Quezon City.
ELNELLA FANS. It is not a secret that some fans of Janella and Elmo expressed disappointment that they won't be together in this film project.
In a separate interview with Cinema News, PEP.ph, and other bloggers, Janella said that she understands how these fans felt.
"I always say na totoo naman talaga, I really understand them.
"They feel bad of course kasi sanay din sila na makakapartner ko lang si Elmo and I really feel for them naman."
However, she has one request for her fans: "Sana lang no hate, if you want to support, support lang your idols.
"It doesn’t just go for the ElNella fans but for all of the fan bases, kunyari, pati fans namin ni Jameson, sana lahat hindi na lang nag-aaway-away.
"Sana they just support their idols and you don’t have to say bad things against the person they’re not supporting."