MANILA, Philippines – "Dogs bark at people they don't know."
|Erich Gonzales. File photo
This was the response by young actress Erich Gonzales to the rumors that she has an attitude problem behind the scenes.
The prized Kapamilya talent maintains that the mudslinging from her detractors is baseless, as these are people with whom she has no personal interaction.
In an interview with fashion magazine Meg, Gonzales admitted that she had been sorely affected by the same rumors when she was starting out as an actress. But the "Katorse" star said she has since learned to accept that intrigues come with the showbiz territory.
"Before, I was super affected, kasi 14 lang ako and wala naman akong alam sa showbiz," Gonzales said, recounting her "Grand Questor" win in reality talent competition "Star Circle National Teen Quest" in 2004.
"Siguro ‘pag nagma-mature na and nagtatagal ka na sa business, you learn to accept that it's really part of the business na pinasok mo," Gonzales added.
Eight years into the business, Gonzales said she has learned to value the "core" people surrounding her, the ones who truly know her as a person.
"What's important is that the core people around you really know who you are. Lahat naman ng tao, they can just say anything they want, so it's fine with me.
"Basta alam ko naman na I'm not doing anything wrong. Wala akong nasasaktan na ibang tao. I'm just doing the job that I love," she said.
Among these "core people" is her current non-showbiz flame, who until now Gonzales refuses to identify.
Quizzed on the current status of their relationship, the young actress said: "Huwag muna label. Ayokong magpaasa. Ang dami ko pang gustong gawin."
It was in May this year that Gonzales admitted dating a non-showbiz guy, who she said she has already known for "a long time."
"He knows naman na priority ko talaga is work and he understands. ‘Pag may time lang naman, which doesn't happen everyday," Gonzales said, asked when she afford to spend time with her current flame.
"He's very private kasi kaya siguro hindi kami napapansin, kasi hindi nga artista," she added.