They're just close friends. Yep, former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition (PBB Teen Edition) housemates Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, possibly this year's hottest love team, say they're just good friends. That excuse has become so common in showbiz that skeptics frequently scoff when they hear it, but in the case of today's hottest bagets, "just friends" just rings so true.
Sure, viewers saw a lot of kilig moments between the two inside the PBB house, but for Kim, those moments weren't kilig at all.
"Nag-uusap lang kami," she says.
"Di ko nga alam na nag-click kami sa audience habang nasa loob pa kami ng bahay."
Gerald himself is cool about those supposedly sweet moments.
Asked if he felt anything special whenever he was around Kim, he says, "Ayos lang po."
At this point, the two are more concerned about work. That's especially true of Kim, who's gung-ho about her career."Work muna," she stresses. "Minsan lang ‘to ,e. Marami pa namang lalake. Kung makakapaghintay siya, maghintay siya."
Gerald is more concerned about his job, says his co-manager, Jun Reyes, who told his ward point-blank: "Ngayon ka lang sisikat. Ang babae, madami." Jun adds: "Minsan ka lang talaga makatikim ng palakpak at tili, 'di ba?"
According to Jun, Gerald often talks to him about girls but rarely talks about Kim.
"Ayaw niya magkuwento sa akin, e," Jun laughs. "Basta lagi sila nagtatawagan. Siguro pag mahal niya, ayaw niyang sabihin. Pag crush niya sinasabi niya sa akin, pero pag mahal na niya hindi na niya sinasabi, e."
So is it possible for the friendship to develop into something more serious? Says Gerald: "Maybe. Pero now it's too early pa po."
"Now I'm enjoying everything, every moment. I'm enjoying this interview," former PBB Teen Edition housemate Gerald Anderson tells YES! "Months ago, I wouldn't have thought that I would have an interview like this."
Before coming to the house of kuya, Gerald Anderson was just another member of the Fab Boys, teen actor Joross Gamboa's backup dancers. Joross's manager, Jun Reyes, discovered the 17-eyar-old Fil-Am in General Santos City in September 2005.
Back then, Gerald was more preoccupied with playing basketball for his high school, Holy Trinity. But Jun felt that he was meant for bigger things. He persuaded Gerald to become a member of the Fab Boys.
To his dismay, Jun realized that the Amboy's dancing skills left much to be desired. Still, Jun was willing to give Gerald a shot. "Sabi ko, ‘Sige, tuturuan kita sumayaw.' Siyempre, sumakit ang ulo ko, pero sabi ko, ‘Matututo din ‘to, kasi magaling pumick-up ng step'. ‘Tapos, 'yon, natuto naman."
More than just being Gerald's stepping stone to stardom, the Fab Boys also became his surrogate family in Manila when he had to relocate from General Santos. Gerald was well-loved by his co-dancers for his pilyo ways. Jun relates an incident: "May kasamahan siya sa Fab Boys, may tigyawat na malaki. Sabi ni Gerlad: "Shit, wala akong signal. ‘Tapos, tinapat niya do'n sa tigyawat ang cellphone niya, ‘tapos sabi, ‘My God! Meron na akong signal!'"
Now, after his Fab Boys and PBB stint, Gerald's easygoing nature has helped him cope with the demands of work. On the day of his YES! Shoot, he has just come from a taping that extended till morning. He has yet to sleep a wink, but he tries hard not to show it as he tells us about his long day: "They made me cry around five a.m. kanina. I went home around six-thirty or seven, and I had to be here, like, eleven-thirty."
Then he quickly points out: "Pero I'm still having fun."
PBB Teen Edition winner Kim Chiu is enjoying her newfound stardom. Her life has made a 180-degree turn, thanks to her six-week stay inside Kuya's house. The 16-year-old teleserye fan from Cebu now has her own multitude of screaming supporters.
Says the lanky chinita: "Noon, ako 'yong pumupunta sa mall kasi gusto ko tignan ‘tong taong ‘to, ‘tapos ngayon ako na 'yong pinupuntahan, gano'n. Parang ang sarap ng feeling na biglaan, within six weeks lang, instant fame na."
PBB has become an opportunity for wannabes to get a taste of instant fame, but Kim says her main reason for joining PBB was to prove something to her relatives: "Gusto kong i-prove sa mga kamag-anak ko na kaya ko. Kasi parati na lang nila ‘kong dina-down. Sa bahay kasi, mahinhin ako, tahimik, nanonood lang ng TV."
But she was also confident and spunky. "Sabi ko sa kanila, 'Sa susunod, ako na ang makikita niyo diyan sa TV.' Tawa sila ng tawa, kasi daw, bakit ba, may talent ba daw ako?"
That Kim auditioned for PBB as a way to prove her worth shows that she's more than your average giggly, kikay teenager. There's a side to her personality that television cameras can't show. Says her road manager, Danilyn Nunga: "Parang bata lang siya, 'yong ordinaryong bata. Pero pag nakikipag-usap siya, 'yong outlook niya sa life, medyo mature na for her age."
Gerald agrees: "She's different. Matapang siya, ‘tapos she's really independent."