Ella Cruz clarifies that TV5 hasn’t offered her an exclusive contract even though she is currently starring in the comedy-horror series Parang Normal Activity.
During TV5’s presscon held in Baguio City last Saturday, August 1, Ella disclosed that there has been no offer yet from the Kapatid Network.
To date, she considers herself a “borrowed artist of TV5” since she’s still with Star Magic, the talent management arm of ABS-CBN.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa po [offer ang TV5]. Ewan ko na lang sa future.
“Depende kay Mama [ang decision kung sakali].
“Under po ako ng Star Magic. Sa ABS-CBN katatapos lang [ng kontrata ko noong] March.”
Although she hasn’t renewed her contract with ABS-CBN yet, Ella maintained that her home network is coming up with an acting project for her in the future.
“Siyempre kakatapos lang ng Bagito. Pahinga ka muna ng ilang months, sila muna, ikot muna.
“Kasi ang dami talaga namin sa ABS. Kahit naman yung handler ko, hawak din niya si Ate Kim [Chiu].
“Sabi niya, ‘Ok lang ‘yan, si Kim nga antagal nang walang teleserye.’
“Sabi ko, ‘Ok, so normal lang naman pala.’ Kasi si Ate Kim naman yun. So dito muna ako sa iba,” Ella explained.
The 19-year-old actress further shared that some fans became confused since she headlines TV5’s Parang Normal Activity and still has guest appearances in ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda and Kapamilya Deal or No Deal.
“Hayaan mo na, ang kapamilya naman ay kapatid! Wow!
“Actually, mas gusto ko yung ganito kasi habang wala akong show sa kabila meron akong ginagawa.
“Ayoko nung totally napapahinga. Habang may ginagawa ako dito sa TV5, nag-guest pa rin naman ako sa ABS. Nakakatuwa na kahit saang network meron akong ginagawa,” she beamed.
TV5 WEEKLY SERIES TRENDED ON TWITTER. In the meantime, Ella’s thrilled because Parang Normal Activity has become a trending topic on Twitter twice since it started airing last July 11. It airs onTV5 every Saturday at 8 p.m.
She admitted that knowing that the weekly series has gained a steady following lessened the pressure on her and her fellow co-stars Shaun Salvador, Ryle Paolo Santiago, and Andre Garcia.
“Nakakatuwa kasi may nanonood, maraming nagtu-tweet.
“Tapos nung pilot [episode], binilang ko talaga [kung] ilan yung commercials namin.
“Nung second [episode] ‘di ko nabilang. Nung third nagulat ako, ‘Wow, ang dami na naming commercials!’ Tapos iba-iba sa bawat gap.
“Akala ko dahil lang nag-trend at maraming nagtu-tweet. So, nung nakita ko yung commercial load, ‘Ay, madami nga.’ So sobrang natutuwa talaga ako.”
During the presscon, Parang Normal Activity’s director Perci Intalan explained that the show aims to present the funny misadventures of a high school barkada, whose members belong to a paranormal club.
“Ang gusto namin we want to create a show that teenagers would like to watch.
“Tapos siyempre conscious kami how they’re presented—wholesome and fun.
“Hindi kami magta-touch sa sobrang bigat pa until makilala ng husto yung characters.
“Yun ang importante, nakaka-relate yung viewers sa characters, naiintindihan nila yung value set ng characters, para tama yung understanding and appreciation nila sa situation ‘pag mas naging dramatic na [yung episodes].”
In the August 1 episode of Parang Normal Activity, Charlie (Ella’s character) finally revealed her real identity, that is she’s a friendly ghost, to her male friends Third (Shaun), Makoy (Ryle) and Red (Andre).
But aside from the characters’ comic misadventures with paranormal creatures, Ella stressed that each episode imparts a moral lesson to viewers.
“Katulad ng isang episode, may isang grupo ng magkakaklase na nangongopya sila sa exam.
“Bawat isa sa kanila minumulto sila ng multo, dahil sa Ouija board, dun sila nangopya sa Ouija board.
“Sa next episodes, may isang bata sinasapian dahil tamad siya.
“Nakakatawang nakakatakot siya, pero yung dahilan kung bakit sila minumulto or sinasapian, dahil sa negative ugali nila, na nagiging lesson siya sa viewers.”