Ritz Azul’s eyes sparkle upon being asked if she’s starting to develop feelings for her Kidlat leading man, Derek Ramsay.
The TV5 princess candidly giggles and attempts to comment, “Siyempre, minsan kasi kailangan ko sa ekesena na in-love na in-love ako sa kanya.
“So, dahil… well, pogi kasi siya! At gentleman talaga!” Ritz finally exclaims.
She cannot help it: “Dahil sa eksena, nakakadala!”
If anything, the 19-year-old actress is not one bit worried about expressing her giddiness over the TV5 hunk. Ritz has long before revealed that she has a crush on the drop-dead gorgeous Derek.
“Wala pa sa ganun na stage,” she takes back later when prodded to answer if she might be developing “feelings” for the model turned actor.
Is Ritz thinking of the possibility of Derek courting her?
The young actress laughs again,“Hintayin muna natin! Hintayin muna natin mangyari yun!”
Does that mean that she’s only waiting for him to make a move?
She tells, “Naghihintay ako ng manliligaw sa akin dahil wala pa talaga!”
Yes, FHM cover girl Ritz, who posed for the men’s magazine in November last year, has no suitors at the moment!
Ritz wonders, “Wala. Hindi ko rin alam kung bakit, e!”
IDOL KIDLAT. Ritz is not oblivious of the fact that Derek’s charm works like a magnet that effortlessly draws women fans to him.
“Halos lahat naman ng babae, kilig na kilig kay Derek, e. Minsan nga pati lalaki, sigaw nang sigaw!” the young actress says jokingly.
She appreciates him in a different light, however: “Isa, kasi gentleman siya. Yung suporta niya, andun palagi.”
Just how much does Ritz know the 33-year-old hunk?
The Kapatid actress assures that their relationship as co-actors does not go deeper than that: “Hindi ko pa siya masyadong kilala as malalim na malalim talaga. Pero biruan, ganun lang.
“Ang pagkakakilala ko pa lang sa kanya is open siya, friendly, and yung hindi ka niya hahayaan mapahiya. Susuportahan ka niya in any way.”
Ritz, in jest, calls Derek a “bully” because the actor is fond of teasing her and Kidlat’s other leading lady, Nadine Samonte.
Once, Ritz recalls with a tone of endearment more than being insulted, Derek called her “Manang” on Twitter.
Despite the actor’s “name-calling,” Ritz knows this about Derek: “Sobrang gaan niya katrabaho. Hindi siya pa-star effect.”
THIN-SPIRATION. Ritz has considerably lost weight after admitting last February that she gained weight because of stress.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) chatted with Ritz last Saturday, March 16, during TV5’s visit to Davao for “Araw ng Dabaw,” the actress’s waist appeared to have grown thinner.
She says that her one month of dieting and exercising has paid off.
Ritz shares, all smiles, “Nag-Zumba ako, then sabay ng diet ng fruits and veggies saka fresh juices. Tapos nag-Muay Thai din ako. So, sabay-sabay. Sobrang nakabawas!”
Of course her leading man is partly “to blame” for her weight loss. Ritz admits to finding inspiration in Derek to shed the pounds.
“Kasi parang nape-pressure ako na siya, ang sexy niya. Tapos ako, katrabaho ko siya rin.
“Siyempre, kailangan makasabay din ako ng konti sa image niya na fit.”
Her previous chubby self did not escape the teasing of Derek, according to Ritz.
“Na-inspire din ako kasi inaasar niya ako dati na malaki ang binti, ganun.
“So, ngayon, sabi niya, ‘Wow! Sexy legs na!’ Natutuwa naman ako. Na-impress lang siguro siya sa mabilis na pagpayat ko.”
Among the many things she admires in Derek is his body—his abs in particular.
“Gusto ko yung toned niyang katawan! Yun yung ina-achieve ko din ngayon!”
Giggly, Ritz finally caps off the interview, “Hahabulin ko yung abs niya!”