Vaness del Moral can only laugh about it now, remembering how she got on the wrong foot with a co-worker and harbored a strong dislike towards her.
Talking about that episode during her recent PEP Live interview, Vaness just brushed it off it with a shrug, “Professional tayo ngayon, magtrabaho tayo.”
She started telling the story, saying, “Nakakatawa itong kuwentong ito!”
But it wasn't funny when it was happening, the time when a certain actress whom she did not name at first gave her the wrong impression.
That was in 2012 when the StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion alumna was doing the Afternoon Prime series Faithfully.
Vaness narrated to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Poral), “Noong time na yun, sabi sa akin, ‘May story conference ka, after ng story conference mo, didiretso ka na ng pictorial.’
“Sabi ko, ‘Sige, okay, mag-pictorial tayo.’ So nag-story conference kami, nagpunta ako ng GMA. Pagdating ko doon, nakita ko siya!
“Sabi ko, ‘Oh my god, ayaw ko siyang makatrabaho.’ Sa loob-loob ko lang, ha. So, storycon ‘tapos pinakilala mga characters namin, ganyan.
“Tapos after nun, nag-pictorial. So, nag-pictorial, sabi ko, 'Oh my gosh, gusto ko nang matapos itong pictorial na ito, gusto ko nang umuwi!'”
Two days after, when Faithfully started taping, Vaness’ very first scene was with the actress.
She recalled, “So, first taping day namin, ang first scene pa namin together is sampalan!
“Sabi ko talaga, 'Oh my god naman, first taping day, first scene pa namin together! Totoo ba ito?'
“So, nag-scene kami, ganyan, ‘tapos habang tumatagal yung araw na yun, noong first taping day, parang okay naman pala siya as a person!”
Vaness would later reveal in the PEP Live Interview that the actress was actually Maxene Magalona.
Maxene was the lead actress in Faithfully and Vaness was one of the kontrabidas together with Michelle Madrigal, Isabelle Daza, and Isabel Oli.
WHY VANESS DID NOT LIKE MAXENE?
It turned out that Vaness and Maxene had some sort of “history” before they worked together in Faithfully.
Vaness recalled, “Well, nag-start yung dislike ko kasi sa kanya because there was one time na nag-Party Pilipinas ako, nag-guest ako, pareho kami ng dressing room.
“So, pumasok siya, sabi niyang ganun, ‘Why are you guys here in my dressing room? Get out!’ Sabi niyang ganoon!
“’Tapos sa loob-loob ko, ‘Aba, ang kapal naman ng mukha nito! Nandoon kaya yung pangalan ko sa pintuan sa labas! Nandoon din naman ako, ha!
“'Kahit marami tayong artista dito, nandoon yung pangalan ko, bakit niya tayo pinapalabas?'
“Sabi ko, ‘Ang yabang nitong b*wisit na ito. Huwag kang ano diyan, porke't ano ka…’
“So, siyempre, make-up lang ako dun, b*wisit na b*wisit ako sa kanya.."
Maxene was already an established actress at that time. With several top-rating afternoon shows to her name since 2008, she was one of GMA-7’s drama princesses.
Maxene then as now is also a showbiz royalty, being the daughter of the late master rapper Francis Magalona and granddaughter of the late Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, popular showbiz couple during their heyday.
In the course of working in their show, Vaness had a change of heart about Maxene.
She told PEP.ph, “Noong nagte-taping na kami ng Faithfully, ganun pala talaga siya mag-joke! ‘Tapos ang ending, naging super close kami ni Maxene Magalona.”
MAXENE’S REACTION TO VANESS’ STORY
In the latter days of taping Faithfully, Vaness said she opened up to Maxene.
Vaness recalled, “One time, nasa taping kami sa Subic, kinatok ko siya sa kotse.
“Sabi niya, ‘Halika, sakay ka, sakay ka sa car,’ kasi naghihintay kami ng set-up so nagkukuwentuhan kami, chikahan.
“Tapos sinabi ko sa kanya, ‘Alam mo ba, noong nag-storycon tayo at saka noong pictorial natin, sabi ko talaga, 'Bakit kita katrabaho, ayaw kitang katrabaho, nabub*wisit ako sa iyo dahil feeling mo diva ka!'
"Sabi niya, ‘Bakit!’"
Then Vaness told her about the Party Pilipinas incident.
Maxene’s reaction, aside from “tawa siya nang tawa,” was: “Oh my, God! Ganoon talaga ako!’”
In the end, Maxene and Vaness would become the closest of workmates during their Faithfully days.
According to Vaness, “Would you believe, first taping day, ganun yung reaction ko sa kanya pero yung mga sumunod na taping days, kapag may standby area na may bed yung kuwarto, tabi kaming matulog sa bed.
“Lagi kaming magkadikit, lagi kaming magkasama, lagi kaming nagtsi-chikahan. At kami pa yung magkaaway sa show, pero kami yung naging super close sa Faithfully.”
Looking back now, Vaness said, “Nakakatawa yung kuwentong yun, di ba? Walang masyadong may alam doon sa kuwentong yun pero dahil nasabi ko dito, marami nang may alam!”
Vaness is currently part of the Kapuso prime-time series Widows’ Web, which is down to its last three weeks.
Maxene, on the other hand, transferred to ABS-CBN in 2014, and is now seen in the prime-time series Viral Scandal.
Watch Vaness del Moral's full PEP Live interview here: