Janine Gutierrez admitted that she was shocked when GMA Network management first broke the news about the temporary breakup of her on-screen tandem with boyfriend Elmo Magalona.
After two consecutive soaps together, the 26-year-old actress is going solo for GMA’s newest daytime series Dangwa.
“At first siyempre nagulat ako. Medyo may konting lungkot at takot.
“Pero I guess normal reaction lang ‘yan since nasanay ako na palagi kaming magkasama sa mga project,” said Janine.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Janine after the presscon proper for Dangwa, held at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center, Wednesday night, October 21.
Janine and Elmo started as a love team in the Kapuso afternoon soap, Villa Quintana, until they became a real-life couple sometime during the last quarter of 2014.
Janine's leading men in Dangwa are Aljur Abrenica and Mark Herras.
But even though Janine is paired with two new leading men in Dangwa, the Kapuso actress maintained that her boyfriend has been very supportive of her upcoming daytime series.
“Pero I’m really thankful, kasi even if we do things na hindi kami magkasama, talagang full support pa rin siya at ako rin sa kanya.
“So, nakakatuwa na it doesn’t end sa pagiging love team.”
At the same time, Janine remains optimistic that having individual projects would further strengthen the bond between her and Elmo.
She cheerfully added, “I guess, in a way, para nagpapa-miss!”
NEW HOME ON CHRISTMAS. On a different note, Janine is looking forward to living on her own for the first time.
The 26-year-old Kapuso actress has purchased a condo unit somewhere in San Juan City, and she expects to move into her new home by December.
“May sahig na siya tsaka may pader. Kinuha ko kasi siya nang bare.
“Inayos ko yung design. Gusto ko na nga matapos, e.”
Asked about her chosen motif, Janine said that she combined the elements of wood and bricks for her home décor.
“Wood, white, tapos may bricks, tapos medyo tropical. Gusto ko madaming halaman,” she gushed.
Even her mom Lotlot de Leon is thrilled that the young actress gets to experience what it’s like to live independently.
Janine further shared, “She’s happy for me.
"Pangarap din niya para sa akin na makabili ako ng sarili kong lugar.
“Kasi sa bahay, kaming tatlong girls, one room kami ever since.
“Tapos ang dami pa naming aso sa bahay.
“Para na rin may isa pa kaming lugar na puwedeng mapuntahan, konting luwag.
“Sana matapos na.”