Erich Gonzales does not deny that she has been missing school lately because of work. Aside from the ABS-CBN primetime series Magkaribal, the young actress is also busy shooting two movies for Star Cinema: the romantic comedy I Do with Enchong Dee and the horror film Corazon with Derek Ramsay.
"'Yong school ko po, hindi ko na napapasukan 'yong mga klase ko," she said to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the press visit on the set of I Do last night, September 7, in Cubao, Quezon City.
However, she was quick to add, "Pero nagpaalam naman ako at naiintindihan naman nila 'yon. Hindi naman ako nag-stop. Gano'n pa rin, nagpapasa ng mga school projects. But it's different na talagang nakakapasok ako regularly."
The junior Mass Communication student said she couldn't do anything since having this kind of opportunity rarely comes. "Siyempre, 'yong work, hindi naman siya nangyayari every day, so hangga't nandiyan lang po, grab lang nang grab."
Erich said that she is just grateful for all the blessings coming her way, especially I Do, which is her first mainstream movie.
"We're so blessed po kasi hindi lahat nabibigyan ng ganitong chance. So, we'll just promise po na we'll do our best talaga para po mabigyan sila ng magandang story, ng magandang movie," she said.
COCO MARTIN. Since she's preoccupied with tapings and shootings, Erich could care less about Coco Martin denying that he's wooing her.
The 19-year-old actress explained, "Ako naman, noong tinanong ako kung nanliligaw siya sa akin, ang sagot ko naman po, hindi talaga.
"Nagte-text po siya sa akin, he's nice to me. Pero I never said anything na nanliligaw siya sa akin. I even said na hindi naman ako nag-a-assume or anything. Kasi, wala naman talaga.
"At saka 'yong sinabi niyang barkada kami, I don't think barkada. Nagkatrabaho lang kami, but we're okay."
STRONGER TEAM-UP WITH ENCHONG. On the other hand, Erich is happy that her team up with Enchong Dee, which started on Katorse last year, is getting more support from avid fans.
"We'll be forever grateful po sa kanila," said Erich. "Kasi po, kung wala naman sila para suportahan kami, wala po lahat ito sa amin. Kaya, basta po ibibigay namin lahat-lahat para mapasaya sila and hindi po sila ma-disappoint."
Enchong, who was seated beside Erich during our interview, agreed, "Kasi, it's an accident team-up. We just see each other in ABS-CBN, but we never thought that there's a chemistry behind that friendship. Sabi ko nga, kahit gumagawa kami ng eksena, hindi inaaral masyado. Kapag ginawa na namin, dahil sa sobrang kumportable, it appears good. I'm happy because siya ang kasama ko."
Although both admit that they've become closer to each other, this doesn't mean that the romantic relationship onscreen already becomes real.
"Magkaibigan kami na nagtratrabaho," Erich clarified. "When I said magkaibigan, nandoon ang lalim ng pagsasama namin, marami na kaming pinagdaanan. 'Tapos, nandiyan lang kami palagi sa isa't isa kahit na ano'ng mangyari. I'm happy to have a friend like him."
Enchong seconded by saying, "Real na hindi kami nagtatago sa isa't isa, napag-uusapan namin kahit ano. But 'yong sinasabi nila if there's a relationship behind the camera, it's better na trabaho lang talaga muna 'yong gawin namin. Kasi, ang daming nangyayari na matagal na naming pinapangarap gawin."
Following Katorse, Enchong and Erich continued to work as partners in ABS-CBN's defunct TV series Tanging Yaman. Now, they're portraying the characters of Caloy and Chloe, respectively, in the fashion TV series Magkaribal.
Star Cinema's I Do will be their launching movie as screen partners. Their first movie as a love team was Cinema One's indie film Paano Ko Sasabihin in 2009.