MANILA -- Paulo Avelino and Aljur Abrenica, who share a common starting point in showbiz, were once rumored to have romantic ties.
This, they recalled in a joint interview on "Tonight With Boy Abunda" aired Wednesday. They were promoting their first co-starring project in nearly a decade, "Asintado".
Both Avelino and Abrenica are graduates of the talent search "StarStruck". Abrenica won, while Avelino was a finalist in the show's 2006 edition.
Now both Kapamilya stars and sharing interviews as co-actors, the two can reminisce about their neophyte days more than a decade ago.
"Noong nakita ko si Paulo, sabi ko, 'Wow, this guy, dashing,'" Abrenica said, recalling his first impression of Avelino. "Guwapo na si Paulo noon. Kumbaga sa competition, ito iyong makakalaban ko."
Asked a similar question, Avelino answered: "Talented, dahil nakikita ko siya na nag-o-audition, kumakanta. Nakikita mo, parang ang galing kumanta nito. Sana napunta na lang sa akin iyong talent niya sa pagkanta."
They laughed off a past rumor that alleged they were once romantically involved with each other. "Ayoko na sanang alalahanin iyong mga pinagdaanan natin," Avelino told Abrenica, in jest, eliciting laughter.
"Meron ngang gano'n," Abrenica said. "Tinawanan lang namin ni Paulo iyan."
Avelino added: "Sabi nila, medyo malambot daw ako, na mukhang totoo naman . . . Siguro naging close din talaga lahat ng mga ka-batch namin, at siguro na mis-interpret lang ng mga tao."