In 2014, Janine Gutierrez was given her biggest break via the television remake of Villa Quintana, wherein she co-starred with current boyfriend Elmo Magalona.
This GMA-7 teleserye, which aired from November 2013 to June 2014, was nominated in the 6th Golden Screen TV Awards that took place last Sunday, April 26.
It turns out that this Kapuso show was able to beat ABS-CBN programs Dyesebel and Pure Love in the Outstanding Adapted Drama Program category.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last April 16 at the GMA Network Center Executive Lounge, Janine admitted that it's a big deal for her to know that Villa Quintana is being recognized by award-giving bodies.
“Wow talaga? Wow oh my gosh, oh that’s so cool, kasi I really really love that show.
“It will always have a special place in my heart talaga kasi yan yung una kong lead role, tapos I really really love the cast, the director [Gina Alajar], everything.”
After winning their trophy given by the Enpress, Janine posted in her Instagram account a photo of her with boyfriend Elmo Magalona.
So happy to share that Villa Quintana won the Golden Screen TV Award for Outstanding Adapted Drama Program! Thank you so much Enpress! Congratulations Direk @ginalajar and our writer Sir RJ Nuevas, as well as the whole creative team and the staff of the show. Thank you also to our bosses at GMA. We forgot to say last night that we also dedicate this to you, Tito Roy Alvarez ❤️ Wearing my fave, @vaniaromoff ❤️ P.S. Happy happy birthday, Isagani!!! Congratulations 💋💋💋
A photo posted by Janine Gutierrez (@janinegutierrez) onApr 26, 2015 at 8:58pm PDT
Janine also pointed out that she was once a fan of Donna Cruz, the actress who played her role in the original soap opera aired way back in 1995.
“’Saka nakakatuwa lang to be part of something that was already known before na si Donna Cruz, pinapanuod ko pa ‘yon no’ng bata ako.
“Kasi actually kami, me and my sister, idol namin si Donna saka si Vina [Morales], parang ‘pag kumakanta sabay sila. So nakakatuwa talaga.
“Pinapanuod ko siya lagi kasi love team niya yung Tito ko, si Ian [De Leon]. So no’ng bata kami, ‘pag may birthday, minsan papadaanin din si Donna Cruz kasi alam ni mama, idol namin siya. No’ng Villa Quintana nga, hinanap ko yung picture namin di ko mahanap.”
WORKING WITH MOM LOTLOT. Janine admits that she enjoys being a celebrity because she gets to work with celebrities whom she would just watch on TV.
“You get to meet a lot of people na hindi mo mami-meet otherwise, like ‘yong mga pinapanuod ko nung bata ako, nakakatrabaho ko ngayon. So that’s a super duper plus for me.”
However, she has yet to be given a chance to work with her mother, actress Lotlot de Leon.
“Di ko pa nakakatrabaho yung mom ko. I really, really wanna work with her. So sana mabigyan din kami ng chance kasi ‘yong daddy ko [Ramon Christopher] nakasama ko na, tapos si Mamita [Pilita Corrales], si Tita Jackie [Lou Blanco], nakasama ko na, saka si Ate Matet [De Leon], gusto ko rin pala.
This 25-year-old actress also noted that getting to interact with fans is another perk of being a public figure.
“’Tsaka meeting the fans, kasi it’s always interesting to hear stories about people na, like from other countries pa then they go out of their way to tweet you, mga gano’n. So nakakatuwa.”
Janine previously topbilled the primetime drama More Than Words that ended last March.