Ellen Adarna as she appears in the 'Get This Body' campaign of local clothing line Bench. Screengrab
'Moon of Desire' actress shrugs off sex goddess tag
MANILA - Ellen Adarna is used to all the attention.
Admittedly, however, the 26-year-old actress has yet to warm up to her title as "sex goddess," following a string of print and TV outings featuring her either nearly or completely naked.
Adarna was asked for her reaction to the tag during a recent press conference introducing her as the newest endorser of Bench Body, which featured the sexy star in a boxing-inspired number wearing only undergarments.
"I don't really think about it," she said. "Kung may photo shoot, okay lang kahit sexy or if may eksena na kailangang sexy, I'm just there to do it, and finish it, para matapos na. I mean, it's just a job for me."
Her Bench campaign dubbed "Get This Body," for example, shows her exercising in revealing outfits. A video series featuring her demo of different workouts -- plyometrics, jump rope, and kickboxing -- was released early this week.
Adarna has also been a consistent presence in the list of the "Sexiest Women" in the Philippines, as voted by readers of men's magazine FHM. This year, she ranked eighth, but was unable to attend a recent party celebrating the results of 13 million votes.
Explaining her absence, Adarna pointed to her hectic taping schedule for the ABS-CBN series "Moon of Desire," and a recent trip to Japan with her non-showbiz boyfriend Raoul Olbes.
"Kasi nasa Japan ako! Ganito 'yan -- months before my ticket was booked sa Japan," she said. "Supposedly, one week ako doon. Na-shorten lang dahil pinauwi ako ng soap, kasi hindi ko naman inakala na until July 'yung taping namin. Kasi 'yung Japan na 'yon, last year pa 'yon."
In previous editions of the FHM bash, Adarna gamely strutted on the catwalk wearing revealing outfits and was considered a crowd favorite.
Asked if she has ever dealt with aggressive fans, Adarna said: "So far naman I haven't dealt with any guy na binastos ako or anything. So for now, wala pa naman akong problema, basta huwag lang mangmanyak, I guess! I mean, you can look, but you can't touch."
Despite being recognized as an actress nowadays, Adarna said she is not closing her doors on photo shoots that will require nudity. Her last nude pictorial was for the June 2014 issue of fashion magazine Preview.
"It depends kung gusto ko 'yung project, then why not? Hindi naman porket nag-level up nang kaunti, choosy ka na. Gano'n? But it really depends sa concept," she said.