Inamin ni Ria Atayde na sobrang close sa ina niyang si Sylvia Sanchez ang nali-link sa kanyang si JM de Guzman.
Magkasama sina Sylvia at JM sa isang upcoming Kapamilya teleserye, kung saan mag-ina ang papel nila.
“They’re very close! Sobrang close po nila na parang, ‘Okay, go, go na lang!’” nakangiting bulalas ni Ria nang makausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa mediacon ng Beautederm noong Hulyo 28, Linggo, sa Seda Hotel, Vertis North, Quezon City.
Todo kung purihin ni JM si Ria, base sa interviews sa binata.
“I have nothing but good words to say about him. He has such a great heart.”
Posible bang mainlab si Ria kay JM?
“Why not… I dunno, I dunno how to answer that question!” at natawa ang Kapamilya actress.
Ang tipo ba ni JM ang peg ni Ria na maging karelasyon?
“Actually, I realized recently, wala akong specific type.
"If you look at my track… track record!
"No, I didn’t date many people. I just have one ex, non-showbiz.
“I don’t really have a type, it’s more of if we click, if there’s a connection…”
Ang common friend nilang si Arci Muñoz ang tila nagbi-bridge kina Ria at JM.
“Bu, yeah, he’s a great guy, I mean, who wouldn’t… he’s very talented, he’s very passionate, he’s very God-fearing, family oriented.”
So, may connection siya kay JM?
“I’d say we’re good friends. We’re really good friends.”
Nilinaw ni Ria ang napabalitang bumiyahe sila ni JM noong Abril patungo sa isang Asian country.
“Yeah, we both watched John Mayer.”
So, may something?
“But he was there for work and I was there for the concert.”
Hindi raw sila sadyang bumiyahe nang sabay.
“We saw each other at the concert. But same flight kami pauwi.
"That’s why people thought na magkasama kami.
“But I was there with my South friends, the boys, and they have a band, they were there, too, mga Southridge boys.”
Magkaibigan ba sina Ria at Barbie Imperial na ex-girlfriend ni JM?
Sagot ni Ria, “I’ve never worked with her, we’re acquaintances, we’ve always been hi-hello with each other.”
Hiningan ng paglilinaw si Ria tungkol sa “overlapping” umano nila ni Barbie bilang karelasyon ni JM.
“Well, iyon nga po, I keep saying we really are, and I mean this with like utmost sincerity, we really are just friends.
"So I wouldn’t say that there’s an overlap.
“It would seem like that if you look at it na bigyan mo agad ng malisya yung friendship and say that it’s a relationship agad, but, yeah, like, honest-to-goodness, we’re really friends pa lang, still working on ourselves talaga.”
Gaano sila ka-close ni JM bilang magkaibigan? Masasabi ba niyang isa si JM sa mga pinakamalapit niyang kaibigan ngayon?
“Yeah naman, I mean, I can run to him when I have problems, and you know, he can do the same with me.
“We’re very close you know, like, iyon nga, I know I can trust him, and he respects me and I know he can trust me and I respect him. That kind of friendship.”
At dahil close si JM kay Sylvia ay walang magiging problema kung magle-level up ang closeness nila ni JM.
“Ay, wala naman po siguro," pagsang-ayon ni Ria.
"I am not too sure about what my mom thinks of him as a romantically-connected person to me, pero with our friendship, my mom is okay with it ‘coz she sees naman that we’re able to help each other.”
Twenty-seven na si Ria, so, puwede na siyang mag-boyfriend muli.
“Hala! Teka lang, hindi pa! Ang dami ko pang gustong ma-achieve!” ang tumatawang tili ni Ria.
Kapag nanligaw si JM sa kanya, ano ang chances ng binata?
“Magpaalam muna siya sa parents ko. Good luck!” at muling tumawa ang magandang aktres.” A
t kung okay sa parents niya?
“Oo naman, I mean, you know, like, why say no to something na wala pa dun, di ba?
"Yeah, I dunno, I dunno."
Hindi siya hinihigpitan ng parents niya pagdating sa suitors.
Handa na ba si Ria na muling umibig?
“That’s a very good question. I ask myself this question a lot, ‘Am I ready to fall in love?’
“Ha! Am I ready to give that power to someone? I’m not sure.”
Wala raw siyang manliligaw sa ngayon.