It's only less than two weeks before the national elections, so TV host-actress Kris Aquino took a leave of absence from the ABS-CBN primetime drama series Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo tocampaign for her brother, presidential candidate Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
Kris's absence on the set, according to co-star Kim Chiu, feels unusual.
"Siyempre, nakakalungkot kasi si Ms. Kris ang nakakatsikahan ko, nakakakuwentuhan namin, bonding-bonding lang. Parang ang saya lang sa set. Ang jolly-jolly niya. Ngayon, sa set namin, wala siya, walang nagpapa-inspire, nakakapanibago," said Kim in an interview at the press launch of Star Records' Supahdance 2 album last night, April 27, at the Eivissa Super Club on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Although Kris is not taping for Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo at the moment, Kim says her co-star never fails to send a text message to the staff every day.
"Kasi, parang siya lang ang pampabuhay sa set namin, e," Kim explained. "Siya lang ang salita nang salita and parang ang saya-saya namin kapag nandoon siya. Parang kapag nasa set kami ngayon, 'yong isang kuwarto empty, walang tao, walang mga gamit. So, parang nakaka-miss."
But what can she say about people who say that Kris does nothing to help boost Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo's ratings?
"Hindi naman totoo 'yon," defended Kim. "E, di sana hindi na kami napapanood ng mga tao. Mali naman kasi 'yon. Magaling kaya si Ms. Kris."
ON BEING PART OF THE SUPAHDANCE CREW. Kim was introduced last night as the latest only girl member of the Supahdance Crew. She will now join John Prats, Rayver Cruz, Mickey Perz, and Gab Valenciano in their regular dance production on ASAP XV every Sunday.
Kim said it was a dream come true for her to be part of the group.
"Dati pangarap ko lang itong mapasama sa kanila. Dati, noong nag-audition ako sa [Pinoy Big Brother], pinapanood ko sila Maja [Salvador], John Prats, si Gab. Si Mickey wala pa dati noon, pero ang galing niyang sumayaw. So, ngayong binigyan ako ng ASAP ng chance na mapasama sa kanila at sa album na ito, sobrang thankful ako, hindi ako makapaniwala."
Kim was also asked about the non-inclusion of her constant onscreen partner and rumored boyfriend Gerald Anderson in the Supahdance crew.
"Siyempre, malungkot, nakakapanibago kasi hindi ko siya kasama. Pero masaya rin ako kasi apat na boys ang kasama ko, ang galing pang sumayaw, so okay na 'to," she said.
GERALD ANDERSON-SAM PINTO ISSUE. In the recently concluded Your Song Presents Isla, Gerald was paired with former PBB Double Up housemate Sam Pinto. During the show, Sam admitted that she has a crush on Gerald. Did Kim get jealous?
"Wala naman," she replied. "Kasi hindi rin naman totoo 'yon. Hindi rin naman sila nagkikita. Atsaka taping lang nila ng Isla 'yon, e."
It was also reported that when Gerald was paired with Sam, Kimerald fans reacted violently towards the former PBB housemate.
Kim said there's nothing new about it. It can be remembered that when there were talks about Gerald doing a project with Sarah Geronimo, the Kimeralds also allegedly reacted negatively.
"Hindi naman namin mako-control ang fans," said Kim. She also requested Sam, "Sana intindihin na lang niya 'yong mga sinasabi sa kanya. Huwag na lang siya magbasa sa Internet. Wala namang ibang way para murahin siya kundi sa Net lang, e."
Kim also admitted that she and Gerald don't know how to tell their fans to avoid behaving that way.
She explained, "Hindi ko masasabihan kasi hindi ko po kilala kung sino sila. Ano sila, worldwide, as in. Worldwide ang Kimerald, kung saan-saang lupalop ng mundo may Kimerald. So, hindi ko makokontrol kung sinuman sa kanila nagagalit kay ganito, sino sa kanila ang ayaw kay ganito. Basta sa amin lang, nagpapasalamat kami kasi pinagtatanggol nila kami."
The young actress is also aware that because of the Kimeralds' reaction, some celebrities are hesitant to be paired with either of them. Kim said, "Kasi, ang daming natatakot na umaaway [para] sa amin. Pero wala, hindi namin sila control, wala kaming hawak. Kung susuportahan nila kami, susuportahan nila kami."
Kim is thankful to the Kimeralds for their continued support on her partnership with Gerald. She said that in her four years in the business, "Masaya ako na nandiyan pa rin sila."