Why Erich 'admires' Mario Maurer


Posted at Oct 13 2012 12:20 AM | Updated as of Oct 13 2012 08:20 AM

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MANILA, Philippines -- For Kapamilya actress Erich Gonzales, the most admirable qualities of her newest onscreen partner, Thai heartthrob Mario Maurer, are his "leading man" ways even off camera.

Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales. File photo

"Bilang isang heartthrob, usually 'di ba nagde-deny ka kung meron kang girlfriend? Hangga't pwede itatago mo? Pero with Mario, hindi siya ganun," Gonzales told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of a Friday press conference for her upcoming film with Maurer, Star Cinema's "Suddenly It's Magic."

"That's one thing na talagang hinahangaan ko sa kanya, kasi nakita ko 'yung care, 'yung love nila sa isa't-isa ng girlfriend niya. So nakaka-ano rin -- 'wow,'" she added.

Gonzales is referring to the real-life romance of Maurer with his long-time girlfriend, Thai actress Gubgib Sumontip.

Having filmed parts of "Magic" in Bangkok, Thailand, Gonzales and Sumontip have even become friends, according to the Kapamilya actress in an earlier interview.

"She was super nice. Sobrang nice talaga. Nagdala siya ng Japanese food for all of us [at the film's set]," Gonzales said.

The "Maria la del Barrio" star also only has good words for Maurer, who she sees as "very funny, very naughty, very down-to-earth and very professional."

"Napaka-sincere ni Mario. Walang yabang sa katawan. Komportable akong magkwento sa kanya, kasi alam ko walang masamang tinapay sa taong 'to," Gonzales said.

In "Suddenly It’s Magic," Maurer portrays a Thai superstar named Marcus who flies to the Philippines to escape his busy career. 

Here, Marcus crosses paths with Joey (Gonzales), a romantically jaded Filipina baker who is bound to spark "magic" in the boring life of the Thai celebrity.

According to Gonzales, the Star Cinema film will have a premiere screening on October 30 in Manila, where Maurer will be in attendance. Directed by Rory B. Quintos, "Suddenly It's Magic" will hit theaters nationwide on October 31.