After several attempts, Janella Salvador will finally get to work with Joshua Garcia.
In ABS-CBN's upcoming drama series Kung Kailangan Mo Ako, they will figure in a love triangle with Janella's constant onscreen partner Elmo Magalona.
In a press conference last April, Janella told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she is excited to work with Joshua.
"Actually, sabi nga ni Joshua sa akin, sobrang na-sad siya noong hindi siya nakapag-Born For You.
"Dapat mag-vi-Vince Kath and James [din] nga pala ako. Ang daming opportunities na sana, nagka-work kami.
"So finally, excited din naman kaming lahat na makatrabaho ang isa't isa. Even si Elmo gusto rin naman niya makawork si Joshua.
"Excited din naman ako na makawork si Joshua din. I'm always game naman to try something new."
In 2016, Joshua was supposed to be the third wheel to Janella and Elmo characters in Born For You.
However, Joshua had to be pulled out to play an important role in the afternoon series The Greatest Love.
PEP.ph previously reported that Janella was supposed to take on the role of Julia Barretto in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Vince Kath and James, where Joshua served as one of the leading men.
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In a teaser released during ABS-CBN's trade launch last April, it was shown that the characters of Elmo, Janella, and Joshua will have a love triangle.
Janella said regarding her character, "Yung role ko, basta parang magkakaroon kami ng conflict tatlo nila Elmo and Joshua. Yun muna yung pwede kong sabihin."
The trailer also indicated that Joshua and Elmo's characters will compete for the attention of their father, played by John Estrada.
It also established that Joshua's character is the good son while Elmo's role is the rebellious type.
According to Janella, their new characters are unlike the ones they previously portrayed in Born For You.
Elmo's character, for instance, has a dark side.
The 19-year-old actress disclosed, "Feeling ko naman, hindi siya kontrabida talaga. It just looks like.
"His character is just a bit dark pero mamahalin niyo rin naman yung character niya, hindi siya yung kontrabida na ihe-hate talaga.
"Yung role ko, mahilig din sa music, music lover din, tapos she's trying to be strong and bring her family together kasi her parents fell out of love."
ELNELLA VS. JOSHNELLA. Since Janella will be entering a new love triangle, there is the possibility of fan wars cropping up.
The Star Magic actress already has an established fandom with Elmo called ElNella. Meanwhile, her new tandem with Joshua is already tagged as JoshNella.
In addition, Joshua has established his own fandom with Vince Kath and James leading lady Julia Barretto called JoshLia.
PEP.ph asked Janella if she is already for fan wars and bashers.
She answered candidly, "I'm sure naman hindi maiiwasan. Ngayon pa lang meron na, e. Nag-a-away-away.
"Pero I hope hindi sila masyadong mag-awayan, support support na lang, pero feeling ko hindi talaga maiiwasan, sana lang hindi."
Aside from this teleserye, Janella and Elmo will be seen in two upcoming movies: Bloody Crayons and My Fairy Tail Love Story.
Janella and Elmo are known to have established their friendship and closeness off-cam.
If Janella's love team with Joshua will flourish after the series, will she be ready to part ways with Elmo?
Janella responded, "Kung ano man yung kalabasan ng show na ito, we'll see na lang.
"Of course, happy lang kami na we are given the opportunity to work with each other again, kami ni Elmo, sa soap."
Aside from Janella, Elmo, and Joshua, Kung Kailangan Mo Ako will also feature the love teams of Nash Aguas & Alexa Ilacad as well as Elisse Joson & McCoy de Leon.
Mylene Dizon and returning Kapamilya actress Eula Valdes will also be part of the series.
No airing date has been announced yet for Kung Kailangan Mo Ako.