As a young and single actor, Alden Richard's lovelife has always been of prime concern to the press.
"Ahh, wala. 2015 sana mayroon na. Sana," he says referring to his lovelife.
''Wala pa rin. Siguro, hindi pa rin ako binibigyan ng tamang tao ni Lord. Hinihintay ko pa rin.
''I pray din sometimes. Pero siguro sabi Niya, iba muna yung priority mo."
Alden, 23, seems to have matured.
He muses, "Yung pag-aartista, very uncertain. So everyday 'pag gumigising ako, kapag may trabaho ako, I always treat it as my last project. Kasi baka 'pag gising ko, may iba na, e."
Even with all the good things happening to him, Alden keeps his feet planted on the ground.
He stresses, "Yung showbiz industry, it's a mutation.
''Every time may sumusulpot na mas magaling sa iyo, mas may hitsura sa iyo, mas in-demand sa iyo. So, kailangan you have to reinvent yourself over and over again.
''Siguro doon muna ako—family. Pag na-settle ko na, pag-relaxed na sila, puwede na ako mag-set ng priorities, yung sine-set aside ko before."
He quickly dispels rumors of his transfer to another network.
He laughs and says, "Hindi pa. Grabe! Hindi po ako lilipat. Hindi ako lilipat.
''Walang ganoon. Speculations lang 'yan. In terms of contract, until next year na lang ako. Ire-renew naman daw ako."
NO ISSUE WITH ALJUR. GMA-7 is certainly giving him the big breaks. He is headlining two big shows in 2014 (Ilustrado and Bet ng Bayan).
It has been speculated that Alden is the reason why Aljur Abrenica, a fellow young Kapuso actor, started rebelling against the network.
Alden is quick to deny this.
"Yun nga, sabi nga nila, pero 'di ko talaga maintindihan yun. 'Di ko maintindihan kung bakit in-affiliate yung case na sinampa ni Aljur against GMA sa akin, and to think..."
Did he have projects wherein Alden was given the role over Aljur?
Alden clarifies, "Ang alam ko wala. Kasi ang alam ko beforehand, 'pag mayroon malaking project ginagawa ang GMA, sa Artist Center group, sa management namin, si Aljur is always the priority.
''And then, kung hindi man available si Aljur, or yung role hindi para sa kanya, saka naghahanap ang Artist Center ng iba na fit for the role."
Alden says he is more than willing to work with Aljur.
"Oo naman, yes. Ang alam ko nga is babalik siya this year. Hopefully, kasi hindi pa naman tapos yung contract niya with GMA. So hopefully a project or movie with him."
In 2014, the two were onboard a movie project to be directed by Direk Adolf Alix Jr.
"Unfortunately, 'di matutuloy yung sa amin, yung Cain at Abel, kasi napalitan siya ni Mark Herras, e," Alden says.
''Parang he decided to settle down muna, to lie low sa showbiz after what happened."
Has Alden reached out to Aljur?
"Hindi na kami nagkausap after the... pagsampa ng kaso. We often see each other madalas kapag Sunday All Stars or may guesting sa GMA, pero after that, we did a Magpakailanman episode. After that, wala na," Alden says.
But are they, or continue to be on good terms even after Aljur filed the complaint against GMA?
"Oo naman, wala namang nagbago.
''Kagaya last time, siguro two months ago, nagkita kami sa Sultan Kudarat, may event siya, 'tapos sumabay yung GMA Regional...
''Doon kinumusta ko siya. Okay naman daw, pero nakita ko yung longing niya, yung willingness niya na bumalik sa GMA. I saw that in him," he reveals.
WISHES TO BE PAIRED WITH MARIAN. Alden's star is indeed rising. He was the last actor to play leading man to Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera in a soap in 2014.
"Yun nga, sabi ko rin, proud, masaya ako. At naka-attend ako ng kasal nila.
''So, sabi ko nakakatuwa, at least bago man lang makasal si Marian and Kuya Dong, at least naka-partner ko si Marian once. Kailan pa ba mauulit yun?
"Now, siyempre, baka mas mag-focus na si Yan sa building a family, sa buhay na may-asawa, rather than sa soap.
''Pero 'di pa rin natin alam kasi from what I've heard, magkakaroon daw siya ng soap in the second quarter of the year."
Does he hope to land the leading man role again?
He smiles widely and says, "Sana, sana maulit, and especially, Marian, si Yan 'yan, e. I won't say no."
BIG FAN OF LLOYDIE. Over the holidays, an Instagram photo of Alden and John Lloyd Cruz, one of the biggest stars of Channel 2, created a buzz.
How does feel about the tag, ''John Lloyd Cruz of the Kapuso network?''
He shrugs it off, saying, "Uy, kayo talaga!"
Alden confesses, "Siyempre, nakakatuwa. Kasi personally, idol ko talaga si John Lloyd, e.
''Sa lahat ng artistang nakita ko, sa kanya lang ako na-starstruck talaga. Kasi, I was really a fan doon sa mga ginagawa niyang movies, projects, etc.
''Talagang sa kanya lang ako nagpa-picture. Sabi ko talaga, 'di ko palalagpasin 'etong moment na 'to!''