Antoinette "Tonette" Jadaone assured that all’s well between her and fellow director Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Cathy landed in hot water following her much-speculated tweets about real- and real-life sweethearts James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine).
“Okey naman po. Walang masamang tinapay," said Tonet.
The Never Not Love You director also clarified that she took no offense when she got name dropped in Cathy’s controversial exchange with JaDine fans.
“Hindi naman. Wala tayong magagawa, e. As long as personally okey kayo, yun ang mas importante.”
It all started on March 21 when Cathy, responding to a JaDine fan, alluded to feeling hesitant about working with James and Nadine in a movie supposedly because of a feedback that the veteran box-office director got from colleagues Tonet and Dan Villegas.
Cathy also cited Tonet being “vocal” about the delay in the filming of the latest JaDine movie, Never Not Love You.
Tonet is the director and Dan the producer of JaDine’s movie Never Not Love You, that is still being in shown in cinemas to date.
Netizens then speculated about what Tonet, Dan, and Cathy have discussed away from the cameras that led to the veteran box-office director's hesitation to work with the two young stars.
Was Tonet able to talk to Cathy about it?
Tonet answered, “Through Dan. Kasi mas close siya kay Dan, e. Si Direk Cathy, mentor siya ni Dan.”
While she's aware that Cathy's tweets blew out of proportion because of netizens weighing in on the issue, Tonet said that she reached out to the parties concerned rather than be swayed by the feedback from social media.
“Yung social media talaga, nakakabaliw siya. Nakakaloka. Parang, my god!
"Parang nung medyo bagets-bagets pa ako, sobrang rawr!"
WORKING WITH JADINE. As for her own working relationship with James and Nadine, Tonet said that she’s “very happy” with the good turnout for Never Not Love You despite the challenges that they encountered during its production stage.
Tonet had previously worked with JaDine in the now-defunct ABS-CBN prime time series On The Wings of Love and Till I Met You.
“Nagalingan ako sa kanila sa movie. Sinurprise ako lalo ni Nadine dito sa movie.
"Kasi si Nadine sa OTWOL, kilig-kilig na parang perky girl.
“Ito, iba ‘to. Lagi ko sinasabi talaga na i-trust niyo lang yung material.
“Hindi ko naman hahayaang pangit ‘to, huwag nating gawing pangit.
“Always naman, after mo mapanood at magustuhan ng mga tao, happy ka.”
Will she work with JaDine again?
Tonet replied, "Oo naman. Basta tama yung story.
"Kasi eto din naman, matagal na siya dapat, pero hindi laging natutuloy.
"Siguro kasi hindi laging tama yung story, hindi tama yung timing.
"Ang hirap nila gawan ng pelikula kasi, after nito, dapat bago. Hindi na puwede yung boy-meets-girl premise."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters interviewed Antoinette at the presscon of ABS-CBN's upcoming prime-time series Since I Found You, held at ABS-CBN compound last night, April 11.
RESOLVED CONFLICT. It should be noted that last January 14, Tonet wrote via Twitter that she feels "heartbroken" over certain mishaps that caused the delay in the filming of Never Not Love You.
It sparked speculations among netizens that Nadine got sick while James partied the night before their supposed January 13 shooting date that got cancelled.
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Nadine later revealed on Tonight With Boy Abunda’s January 19 episode that her health problems caused the delayed shooting of Never Not Love You.
In a separate interview with Darla Sauler for Push.com.ph, James refuted speculations that one shooting day got cancelled because he was drunk and couldn't make it to work.
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By January 22, James and Nadine flew to London together with Tonet to resume shooting their film.
Their whole team was able to finish the movie in time for its March 31 premiere in theaters.
Whatever Tonet's "misunderstanding" was with JaDine during the production stage of Never Not Love You had been resolved, said James.
Addressing the issue on Tonight With Boy Abunda's March 24 episode, James said, "It was a misunderstanding. Nadine was sick and other things happened."