Ella Cruz said that landing a teenybopper role via TV5’s weekly series Parang Normal Activity came at a perfect time since she’s not busy with any drama series on ABS-CBN at the moment.
She further shared that Star Magic, ABS-CBN’s talent management arm, actually gave her the go-signal to do a mini-series for the Kapatid network.
“Alam naman po natin na sa ABS kapag after ng show, medyo matagal ulit bago magka-show kasi po sobrang dami naming artista sa ABS.
“Kumbaga rotation po, iba naman.
“Pero sabi naman ng ABS, meron akong show after Bagito.
“Kailangan lang ng months na pahinga after Bagito para makalimutan nila na yun ang last na ginawa.
“Kaya po ako pinayagan,” she explained during the presscon of Parang Normal Activity held in Lola Café, Quezon City, yesterday, July 3.
Ella’s biggest break in ABS-CBN was when she topbilled the primetime teleserye Aryana, where she played a mermaid, in 2012.
Nevertheless, she doesn’t mind playing support roles or a kontrabida just like in Bagito (2014).
In fact, she pointed out that her flexibility had paved the way for her current project on TV5.
“Para sa akin, kung anong dumadating, dapat maging happy ka.
“Kasi kumabaga yun yung para sa ‘yo.
“Sabi nila pangit yung sobra, pangit yung biglang darating 'tapos biglang mawawala din.
“Maganda na rin para sa akin yung dahan-dahan, unti unting dumadating.
“At sobrang happy ako kasi ‘di lang isang network yung nakakapansin sa akin.
“Ngayon kinukuha ako ng ibang network para gumawa ng ibang projects para sa kanila.”
NO TO BOLDER ROLES. While she’s ready to take on whatever projects given to her, Ella revealed one instance when she turned down a chance to appear on Maalaala Mo Kaya [MMK] because the role was too daring.
It was right after she did a guest appearance on Ipaglaban Mo, where she played a pregnant woman who falsely cried rape.
“After two weeks, they wanted me to do an MMK episode as dancer sa club.
“Sabi ko, 'Opo kaya ko po gawin yung heavy scenes, pero hindi ko po kaya yung eksena na sasayaw ako sa club with all the talents na lalaki.'
“Kahit na sabihin mong talents sila 'tapos [kunyari] mukha silang lasing...
“’Tsaka iba yung makita ka nilang sumasayaw ka na mismo na pa-sexy.
“Kaya sabi ko, 'Ayoko na, pass na po muna,'” she related.
At 18, Ella further explained that she still enjoys playing “tweetums” roles like the one she did for TV5’s Wattpad Presents Hot and Cold (May 2015).
“Kasi ako po, kahit papa’no, ‘pag sinabing sexy, may limitations pa rin.
“Kasi 18 lang po ako.
“Gusto ko pa rin bumalik sa pagiging tweetums role. So yun.
“Sabi naman nila matuto kang tumanggi minsan.
“’Tsaka sabi rin ng [Star Magic] handler ko, ‘Ok lang kung hihindi ka dito kasi medyo off, medyo lagpas ng limitations mo.’”
While she’s flattered that the MMK staff trusted her to pull off that sexy role, Ella said that the one [Sue Ramirez] who got the part was admittedly a better choice than her.
“Napanood ko siya [MMK episode] pero hindi po ako nagsisi [na hindi ko tinanggap] kasi, yun nga, hindi ko talaga kaya.
“Lalo na yung eksena na sasayaw. Ang tagal ng scene nung pinapanood ko, sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko kaya ‘yan!’
“Kasi alam ko sa sarili ko, ‘pag ako sumayaw, iba yung tingin ko, hindi ko talaga kaya.”
NO TO PASSIONATE KISSING SCENES. Asked if she already agreed to do kissing scenes, Ella recalled that she just exchanged a quick peck with Alexander Diaz who played as her baby daddy in Bagito.
“Yung kay Alex, sa real dad ng anak ko, smack lang naman.
“Sa Ipaglaban Mo, smack din. Parang ang ano naman ‘pag sa Ipaglaban Mo tumanggi ako kasi nagawa mo na, e.
“So ako naman, pinag-isipan ko rin naman kung gagawin ko o hindi, kung worth it ang scene at kung kailangan talaga. So hanggang dun lang muna.
“Huwag muna yung passionate kissing scenes!”
As it is, some people had thought that she was way past her teenybopper image since she’s often sporting sexy crop tops or backless jumpsuits in social functions.
But Ella maintained that it’s acceptable since wearing such outfits is the fad these days.
“Crop top lang naman yun. Siguro yung pa-sexy, ganung level pa rin, fashion.
“Kasi sa age ko, hindi lang naman ako ang ganun manamit.
“Basta ako 'eto [pointing at her waist] lang kaya ko ipakita, 'eto [upper body] hindi ko na kaya ipakita.
“May limitations pa rin talaga.
“Ayoko naman na sa early age ko, napakita ko na yung sobrang sexy. Dapat unti-unti ‘yan.”