Tanging Yaman lead actor Enchong Dee is aware that he has long been rumored to be gay, but he tries not to get affected.
"Bahala na sila," the athlete-actor said in an interview after the media conference for his indie film with Erich Gonzales titled Paano Ko Sasabihin?. (CLICK HERE to read more about this 2009 Cinema One Originals entry.)
He seems to have gotten used to it. He said, "Simula naman noong nag-showbiz ako hanggang ngayon, wala naman akong ginagawang masama."
Erich, who was beside Enchong during the interview, was quick to defend her leading man in Tanging Yaman.
"It's normal para sa lalake na dahil nasa showbiz ka, hindi talaga puwede mawala 'yong gay issue. Wala naman talaga. Kung makakasama n'yo naman siya, makikilala n'yo naman, wala talaga," she said.
Both Enchong and Erich actually face negative issues. While Enchong's sexual preference is being questioned, Erich is rumored to throw tantrums at work.
Enchong said that with their experiences in showbiz, they have learned how to face such issues.
He added, defending Erich from rumors of being "pasaway," "Kapag nakikita nilang unti-unting umaangat, parang lagi na lang nilang tinitira. Ano na lang siguro, kilalanin muna 'yong tao, maghanap muna sila talaga ng evidence bago nila ilabas.
"Kasi, kahit anong ways mo talaga tingnan, nasasaktan kasi tao lang naman kami, napapagod, tapos may maririnig pa kaming ganun. So, ano na lang, dapat palaging masaya."
NO TIME FOR RELATIONSHIPS. Since Enchong and Erich have been paired twice on TV—Katorse and Tanging Yaman—the media asked them if their partnership has gone beyond a professional relationship.
Both said they don't have time for romance because they're busy with several projects aside from Tanging Yaman.
Erich related, "Parang every day magkasama kami palagi. Pero ako, trabaho muna, 'saka na 'yong mga ganyan. Darating naman ang mga ganyan kapag ready na ako. Pero hindi ko 'yan priority."
But is it true that they're now exclusively dating?
"Dating lang," Enchong replied. "'Yon nga lang, katulad nga, nagso-soap kami, tapos mag-i-start na 'yong bagong movie, tapos gagawa na naman ng soap. Parang kahit gusto naming lumabas, nai-stuck kami na nasa work lang palagi. So, kapag sinabi naming lumalabas, hanggang doon na lang talaga. Pero kapag may chance, we try."
When it was Erich's turn to answer, she laughed hard and said, "Nakakatawa lang. Basta right now, masaya kami sa work. 'Yon lang talaga ang focus namin. With everything na dumarating sa buhay namin, gusto lang namin na magawa ito nang tama kasi ito naman talaga ang gusto namin. 'Yong mga ganyan [romantic relationship], 'saka na lang."
Erich and Enchong's Cinema One Originals movie Paano Ko Sasabihin?, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Digital Movie, will be screened from April 16 to 22at selected SM Cinemas nationwide—SM Manila, Sta. Mesa, Megamall, Fairview, North EDSA, Southmall, Bacoor, Clark, Cebu, and Davao.
After Tanging Yaman, Erich and Enchong will be paired again in future TV and movie projects.