Nais nang tapusin ni Direk Paul Soriano ang usapin tungkol sa pagkaka-link niya sa kanyang artista sa Thelma na si Maja Salvador.
Ayon sa young director sa kanyang huling interviews, mag-focus na lang sa pag-promote sa merits ng kanilang pelikula.
Sa premiere night ng bagong pelikula ng kanyang girlfriend na si Toni Gonzaga na Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi ng Star Cinema, na ginanap sa Trinoma at SM The Block last Tuesday, August 30, nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Direk Paul kaugnay pa rin sa nasabing issue.
"Maja and I have a brother and sister relationship. Parang little sister ko siya.
"Parang kuya ako sa kanya. We have a great working relationship.
"We have a good friendship, and I really believe she is great on Thelma," malumanay niyang pahayag.
NON-ISSUE. Ni katiting nga raw ay hindi nagselos si Toni sa isyu tungkol sa kanila ni Maja.
"Hindi! Actually, Toni ang Maja are friends. Sila, pag ASAP Rocks, di ba, they’re always together.
"I know Maja talks to Toni, that there’s no malice. Maja did nothing wrong.
"She did a great a great portrayal in Thelma. That was what she did," saad ni Direk Paul.
Siya ba ay naapektuhan sa intriga sa kanila ni Maja?
"Of course," pag-amin niya.
"Of course, I was very frustrated when I heard that issue that they’re linking me with Maja.
"It’s really uncomfortable, kasi there’s no reason to link me and Maja.
"What Maja did was portray Thelma, and I think she did a great job.
"And that’s what we are focusing on. Maja’s acting, because she did so well."
Nabalitaan ba niyang naiyak si Maja sa issue tungkol sa kanila?
"Yeah, I know. I know! Maja is a very passionate person.
"Very passionate about her life, about her family, and about her work.
"Of course, when people will bring you down, they put you down, say wrong things na hindi naman totoo, she felt bad.
"You know people should focus on the film, and how great she was in Thelma. Not about linking issues."
STILL FRIENDS. Naapektuhan ba ang friendship nila ni Maja dahil sa pagkaka-link nilang dalawa?
"No! No! No!" mariing tanggi ni Direk Paul.
"After the presscon, I went to her. Tinanong ko siya kung okay lang siya. Sabi niya, ’Direk, okay lang ako, no problem.’
"She is fine. We still text each other messages. We’re promoting Thelma now, so we see each other.
"Okay naman kami, we’re still the same," pagpapatuloy pa ni Direk Paul.
TONI’S TAKE ON THE ISSUE. Paano nila pinag-usapan ni Toni yung issue?
"Actually, Toni just told me na, ’welcome to showbiz, Paul! Ganyan talaga!
"’In every good thing you do, there are people who will put you down.’
"For me, we know the truth. We’re faithful to our film, and that’s what matters. What the truth is."
Sa katunayan nga raw, ayon pa kay Direk Paul, mas tumindi pa ang suportang ibinibigay ng kanyang girlfriend na si Toni sa kanyang pelikula ngayon. Patunay ito na hindi apektado ang kanilang relasyon sa naglabasang intriga.
"Well, she’ll be there in the premiere night with me. She promotes Thelma every day in Happy Yipee Yehey!.
"And she’s always there with me. She texts me. She asked me pa, ’Paul, are you okay? Can I help you?’ Ganun siya.
"Toni is always supportive. She always make sure na happy ako," masaya niyang kuwento.
WEDDING BELLS? Medyo nagulat daw si Direk Paul sa naging look ni Toni sa Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi. Pero, gulat ito na positibo kasi patunay lamang daw ito ng versatility ng kanyang kasintahan of four years. Gano’n na sila katagal.
"Trust! We’re both faithful to God, a lot of prayers, communication," ayon pa sa kanya kung bakit hindi sila natitinag ng anumang intriga.
"And I think once we do that, so far so good. Our four years is going strong.
"Honestly, we have no plans yet to get married, I’m still waiting for Toni to let me know when she is ready.
"I told Toni, ’Take your time, enjoy your work. I know you work so hard to be where you are today.
"’So, let’s enjoy what we have now. I know for sure we will go down the aisle soon.’"