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Jessie Mendiola prefers to take it slow with Coco Martin

Jessie Mendiola prefers to take it slow with Coco Martin

Author: Bernie Franco

With the success of Jessie Mendiola and Coco Martin's team-up in Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo, what was supposed to be the young actress's one-week appearance on the show is now past one month. Jessie plays the role of Christina, Ringo's (Coco) classmate and object of affection.

"At first po, hindi ko po alam na maraming nag-aabang ng love team namin kasi one week lang po talaga ako sa KTM, as in guest lang talaga ako dun na love interest lang tapos biglang mawawala," the 17-year-old aspiring actress began. " Nalaman ko na lang po na nagkaroon ng magandang feedback sa KTM nung kinausap na po kami ng director namin, si Direk Dondon (Santos) po."

She explained that she had no idea how fast her team-up with Coco was picking up a following until the director talked to them. " Maraming nag-aabang sa scenes namin, andami na daw fans sa Facebook so parang nakakagulat naman. Would you expect na biglang ganun na na-line up ako ng ganun as classmate pa of Coco. Hindi ko lang po ini-expect," Jessie mused.

On the possibility of a real-life romance with Coco, Jessie said that it is still too early to say and she would rather take it slow. " Hindi ko naman po masasabing close kami kasi kakakilala pa lang namin. Halos magwa-one month and a half pa lang ako sa KTM," she shared. " Siguro para sa ngayon, work lang po 'yung relationship namin. 'Pag nasa set tsaka po kami nagkakamustuhan."

She did not hide the fact though that she admires Coco for his dedication to and zest for work. " Kasi po 'yang si Coco, wala po 'yang tulog. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, nagti-taping siya ng teleserye, tapos Tuesday, Thursday nagti-taping siya ng indie films niya. So natutuwa po ako na pagdating niya sa set meron pa siyang gana na mangumusta." Jessie said that the actor is usually thoughtful, asking her if she has eaten already or if she is having problems with her lines. " Natutuwa po ako na kahit pagod siya kayang-kaya pa rin niya."

She also recalled that on their first taping day together, she felt so intimidated by the actor and it was Coco who broke the ice. "At first po natakot akong makipag-usap sa kanya tapos siya po 'yung... 'Okay ka lang ba d'yan? Baka mapanis ang laway mo. Bakit 'di ka nagsasalita d'yan?'" Jessie added that Coco would encourage her every time he would see her appearing tense in taping their scenes.

Source: ABS-CBN Interactive