Onscreen partners and rumored couple Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona were at first "hesitant" to work apart from each other, and had to sit down to discuss how they would navigate being paired with different people for other projects.
The tandem, dubbed "ElNella" by their loyal fans, debuted in the 2016 primetime series "Born For You." Proving a success, the team-up went on to star in two "Wansapanataym" mini-series, and a "Maalaala Mo Kaya" episode. On the big screen, Salvador and Magalona co-starred in "Bloody Crayons" on 2017 and "My Fairy Tale Love Story" in 2018.
After consecutive co-starrers over two years, the two are embarking on separate projects. Salvador is starring opposite Jameson Blake in the romance-comedy "So Connected," while Magalona is part of the lead cast of the "barkada" flick "Walwal."
In an interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" that aired Monday, Salvador admitted that the prospect of working separate had initially caused her and Magalona apprehension. At one point, they had to seriously discuss the topic, to make them feel "ready" for the changes ahead.
"We were kind of hesitant at first. We really don't know where this is going to go. We didn't want of course to go our separate ways in terms of work," she said.
Salvador also acknowledged fans who might be hurt over the love team being set aside for now. Her words about Magalona, however, would reassure supporters concerned that their supposed relationship might get affected by their widening careers.
Explaining her recent Instagram post greeting Magalona on his birthday, Salvador said: "I was trying to say that Elmo is the one person right now that. . . I don't have to worry when I'm with him. I feel like I'm safe, I feel like I can be myself talaga. That's how beautiful our bond is."