MANILA, Philippines -- "Gone are the days na pag love team, kailangan magka-gustuhan at magka-develop-an," said actress Erich Gonzales of her latest onscreen partner Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer.
|Erich Gonzales (right) with Mario Maurer (left) and his long-time girlfriend Gubgib Sumontip (center). Image courtesy of the Always Erich Gonzales Tumblr page
In fact, she and Maurer's long-time girlfriend, Thai actress Gubgib Sumontip, have become friends over the course of the filming for her big screen team-up with the Thai actor, according to Gonzales.
"Na-meet ko po kasi 'yung girlfriend niya (Maurer) doon," Gonzales said of Sumontip, who would visit the set of "Suddenly It's Magic," which was partly filmed in Thailand.
"I asked Mario kung free 'yung girlfriend niya, which is also an artista doon, na kung free siya, bisita siya, and she was super nice. Sobrang nice talaga. Nagdala siya ng Japanese food for all of us," Gonzales said on Wednesday.
Even as filming in Thailand wrapped up, the couple did not forget to invite her to a party in their native city, the "Katorse" star recalled.
"Nung last shooting day, dahil una siyang (Maurer) natapos, siya at 'yung girlfriend niya in-invite ako dahil may party sila. Sayang, dahil may trabaho pa ako dito (Philippines). Kung wala, makiki-hang out ako with them," Gonzales said.
While her schedule is swamped with professional engagements, the young actress said she intends to make time for the couple, who have told her of their plan to visit Palawan.
"They want to go to Palawan. Sabi ko, 'Sabihin niyo kung kailan niyo gusto pumunta. I can arrange everything for you guys.' I'll make time for them syempre," Gonzales said.
Now with only one shooting day left for "Magic," the Star Circle Quest alumnus said she is grateful to have fostered a good relationship with Maurer.
"I can say na nung time na nagsama kami, hindi lang siya sa trabaho talaga," she said.
Directed by Rory Quintos under Star Cinema, "Suddenly It's Magic" is expected to hit theaters nationwide later this year.