The chemistry between young stars Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica had fans swooning over their sweet moments on camera, especially in their latest fantaserye on GMA-7, The Last Prince.
Their rising popularity, however, becomes a huge magnet for controversy that would from time to time test their relationship. But Kris and Aljur, or Alkris to their fans, stand their ground and face the rumors being thrown at them.
The latest issue to hit their onscreen partnership comes from the most unlikely place: The Last Prince cast.
THE HUNKY WEREWOLF. The fantaserye recently added Brazilian-Japanese model Daniel Matsunaga to the cast as a prince who turns into a werewolf. With his striking good looks, Daniel is starting to gain his own admirers, including Kris Bernal. Now, rumor has it that Kris and Daniel are starting to get comfortable with each other off-screen and that Aljur supposedly feels threatened by Daniel's presence on the set.
In Showbiz Central yesterday, February 7, Kris and Aljur showed up to answer the issues in connection with Daniel's rumored admiration for Kris. Pia Guanio did the live interview with them.
What exactly were their initial reactions when Daniel joined the cast of The Last Prince?
"Siyempre, masaya kami na nandoon si Daniel," started Aljur. "Tapos it is our privilege na makasama siya sa The Last Prince. Kilala natin si Daniel as sikat na model po talaga at maraming humahanga sa kanya. Isa lang ako sa humahanga sa kanya."
Kris said: "Matagal ko na po siya nakita noong sinuportahan ko si Aljur sa Cosmo Bachelor [Bash]. Inaasar ko siya [Aljur]," she said.
"Ako ba talaga sinuportahan mo?" joked Aljur.
Kris just laughed, saying, "Tinanong ko siya [Aljur], 'Sino 'yon?' At nakita ko na si Daniel noon. Noong nalaman ko na si Daniel ang gaganap na Prince Nikolai [in The Last Prince], parang 'Uhh, teka lang.'"
How about the news that Daniel and Kris are getting closer? Before the young pair answered, SC showed a taped interview of Daniel praising Kris profusely.
"Kris surely helped me a lot," Daniel said. "It was my first time. I was really nervous about everything, about what's going on. I did not know what was gonna happen. To watch and to talk also. She was a really nice girl and she was like teaching me and helping me with the lines and acting also. We do the same stuff and go to the same tent. She is very sweet and a very cute girl, also very nice person. Yeah, she helped me a lot so I have to thank her."
After listening to the first part of Daniel's interview, Kris explained, "Marami kasi kaming eksena at tinatanong niya ako sa mga linya niya at tinutulungan ko siya. Ganoon talaga kami pag may eksena na kailangan maging close kami. Naging close talaga kami sa show."
So, how does it feel now that Aljur no longer has Kris's undivided attention? Is it 50-50 attention?
"Honestly," smiled Aljur, "60-40 na siya... Siyempre, ako 'yong 40. Mas marami siyang [Kris] time kay Daniel kasi magkasama sila, nahihiya ako lumapit, e. Pag nakikita ko na kasi, e, nakakahiya naman na mag-interrupt sa kanila."
A laughing Kris commented, "Kaya pala never kami nagsamang tatlo...kaya pala!"
"Feeling ko, nakakaistorbo ako," continued Aljur. "Si Kris kasi, tawa nang tawa. Kaya ako, nasa tent na lang ako. Nagbabasa ng script mag-isa. Usually kaming dalawa nagbabasa ng script, e. Pero...lonely na lang."
"Hindi niya sinasabi sa akin 'yon," Kris said to Pia while looking at Aljur. "Kaya pala napapansin ko rin na nawawala siya bigla."
DANIEL ASKING KRIS OUT ON A DATE? Aljur's tale about giving Kris and Daniel some space just got deeper since Daniel expressed his desire to get to know Kris better. Once again, the tape rolled at the SC studio and Aljur had to look at the smiling Daniel on screen again.
"We are getting close every time we do tapings," said Daniel about Kris. "Our friendship gets better. Every time we know more about each other, gusto ko... Sobra, she's very ganda and cute, right? Anybody who knows her will say the same things. She's a very nice person.
"I think to win her is quite hard," added Daniel. "She is very different. To attract her, I'll ask her for dinner, bring her flowers, and ask her about herself and her family."
After hearing Daniel's plan to ask Kris out, Aljur said, "Kasi kung ako din nasa position niya, e, ganoon din sasabihin ko na talagang ide-date, kung puwede mas makilala si Kris. Kasi ganoon ka-interesting si Kris, e. Mabait siya at mata-touch ka sa ginagawa niya. Everybody would feel the same way and every guy na makaksama ni Kris ay mai-in love talaga."
Then, after a short pause, he said in a quiet voice, "Siyempre, may selos din. Nagseselos din naman ako. Si Kris kasi matagal ko na nakakasama. Tapos 'yong mga times na 'yon, madalang kami magkasama, so nagseselos din ako..."
Kris, on the other hand, expressed her respect for Aljur when asked if she would agree to go out with Daniel. "Magpapaalam muna ako kay Aljur," she said.
Will Aljur give his consent?
"Sa kanya naman mangagaling. Hindi ko naman hawak ang puso ni Kris, e," he replied.
What if Daniel falls for Kris?
"Thank you kay Daniel," Kris said. "Thankful ako sa kanya and very flattered ako, siyempre. Kay Aljur, thank you. Pag nagsalita si Aljur, malalim at totoo."
Does Kris think that she would ever fall in love with Daniel?
"Hindi po," Kris said after a short pause. "Si Daniel, mabait talaga. Kung naging close kami, dahil nakita ko sa ugali niya na gusto niyang matuto at approachable siya. Pero kung tatanungin ako, e, si Aljur pa rin."
"MAHAL KITA." Aljur also had to listen at Daniel's parting message.
"Kris, it was a pleasure to work with you and Aljur," Daniel said. "I really am thankful for what you guys did for me. You are very cute and thank you very much. I hope there are more opportunites for me to work with you guys. Mahal kita!"
Kris then expressed her appreciation for Daniel's message. "Happy kami na nakatrabaho namin siya at nakita namin na professional siya. Sana makatrabaho namin siya ni Aljur."
Aljur also gave his thanks, "Daniel, maraming salamat sa time at pagtanggap sa The Last Prince. It's been working with you and alam ko na nag-enjoy ka kasama si Kris. Sport naman, e. Parang...thank you."
If Daniel really courted Kris, will Aljur fight for her heart?
"Siyempre oo," Aljur quickly said. "Ang mayroon ako na wala si Daniel, e, yung pagiging Pilipino ko. One-hundred percent Pinoy ako. Alam natin ang Pilipino, iba magmahal.
"Ipaglalaban ko," repeated a now-smiling Aljur.
Kris just smiled at Aljur and said, "Kahit sino pang lalake ang ilapit sa akin, ikaw ang number one."