Married couple Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga have taken turns complimenting Erich Gonzales, the rumored third party in their relationship, proving they’re so above it all.
Last December 22 on Instagram, Toni (nicknamed Tin) particularly praised Erich for looking “so hot” and “sexy” in Siargao, the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 entry directed by Paul.
The romance film set in the popular surfing destination also stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Jericho Rosales.
Paul completely agreed with his wife, "Well, totoo naman, di ba?" said the director with a laugh.
“Si Tin naman, very, very candid, very, very honest with what she says.
"In the film, Erich is always in a bikini and she really worked hard.
"Erich physically prepared for the role.
“To be honest with you, I don't know how she did it.
"For the first two to three weeks of the shoot, she was eating just salad lang.
“Very, very strict ang diet niya.
"It shows in the movie. Bikini-ready siya, e.
"Together with Jasmine and Echo, they were watching their diets.
"Si Echo, halos shirtless the whole time."
I love the movie! It’s so quiet, moving and it spoke straight to my heart.?? @jerichorosalesofficial is so natural! I pray he wins best actor for this! Ang galing! @erichgg is so hot in this film! Ang sexy! I love her scene where she explained how she can’t even decide what her favorite popcorn is because she’s so used to having someone always decide for her. Loved her acting! And @jascurtissmith you are my favorite in this film! I love how the film ended! Your character deserved the ending. Your screen presence is so powerful! I hope a lot of people get to witness this film. See you on Dec. 25. Experience Siargao on Christmas day! Ps: @wil_dasovich you are the cutest in this movie! I smile everytime you’re on screen!????????
SENSITIVE POSITION. In his conversation with PEP.PH (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Paul admitted he felt "embarrassed" that Erich was put on the spot by malicious talks.
He said, "Honestly, I'm just very embarrassed for Erich 'cause she's a woman and let's respect her.
"Let's give her the respect that she deserves.
"She did a great job in Siargao. She's getting a lot of good feedback.
"I'm very proud of her and she did well.
"We have to sidetrack it 'cause of these lies and these issues.
"I'm really embarrassed that Erich and her family have to go through this.
"Of course, I've apologized, but Erich, she knows the truth also.
"She's been in the industry for how many years, 20-plus years, so she knows.
"She's had her fair share of issues."
He then praised both Erich and Toni.
"Erich is a tough woman. Toni is also a very tough woman.
"I think you need to be really tough in this industry to be able to survive the negatives that come with it."
INFIDELITY RUMOR. According to Paul, intrigues are endemic in the industry.
He said, "There's a lot of hate, not just linking me [to Erich]...
"There's a lot of hate, people don't like the movie, they don't like her [Toni] hosting.
"You get hate on a daily basis. But our faith in God helps us get through those times."
He continued, "Even before this, if you read the articles, expected na yung ganito.
"Kasi we were in Siargao for six weeks.
"Most of the actors and myself were staying in the same resort.
"So, matsitsismis 'yan. What can you do?
"The people like to create stories. They have wild imaginations."
Paul pointed out that they were all there to work.
"Erich, myself, Echo, Jasmine, my staff were there to create a movie.
"Very professional naman and we made a great film."
Did the controversy affect the friendship of Toni and Erich?
"Hindi, wala naman, wala naman," he said immediately.
"There's a mutual respect and it hasn't changed anything.
"I think, for Tin and I, we try our best to ignore all that because we have such a beautiful family.
"We love our little boy, when we look at Seve..."
Seve is the firstborn son of Paul and Toni.