It’s not easy being Aljur Abrenica.
The GMA 7 hunk is caught between two gorgeous girls on and off the set: alleged girlfriend Kylie Padilla and “My Kontrabida Girl” partner Rhian Ramos.
Aljur and Kylie have reportedly decided to go easy on their budding relationship. At the press con for her new afternoon TV series “The Good Daughter,” Kylie told the Inquirer that she wanted to focus on her career, and that she “sort of got distracted” while hanging out with Aljur.
Told of Kylie’s statement, an incredulous Aljur asked: “Did she really say that?” But he quickly changed gears, turning diplomatic: “We want the same things. I want her to focus on her work, too. I want her to fulfill her dreams.”
He had no time to fret over affairs of the heart, he said, busy as he was wrapping up his movie with Rhian, who is recovering from a messy breakup with radio-TV personality Mo Twister.
There’s no chance for them to go on a rebound romance, Aljur insisted. “Rhian is very beautiful … but I have to control my feelings because we are close friends.”
But he really didn’t have to comfort Rhian during the shoot of “My Kontrabida Girl,” he said. Instead, they had a blast during the shoot of the rom-com directed by Jade Castro, the young filmmaker behind the indie hit “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington.”
“The mood on the set was light,” Aljur said. “Even if it was already early morning, Direk Jade was still energetic. We couldn’t help being hyper as well … ”
Aljur is glad that he gets to work with different directors because he knows it’ll help him grow in his craft. He has taken workshops under theater director Freddie Santos and actress-director Gina Alajar.
“Direk Freddie gave me tips on voice projection,” he said. “I learned to modulate. I used to have a high-pitched voice … I didn’t realize how hard it was to do vocal exercises. I vomited once, and almost fainted.”
From Direk Gina, Aljur picked up valuable lessons. “She told me to be truthful in every performance. She noticed that I tended to hold back. I’ve now learned to let go of my emotions and ignore my fears.”