Since Ejay Falcon did not show up during the grand press con of Tanging Yaman last night, everyone who attended the event assumed that it’s all because of his long-standing rift with co-star Erich Gonzales who’s also his leading lady in Katorse. People were actually surprised to hear that the two were not on good terms ever since Ejay reportedly told Erich that she wouldn’t be famous if not for him but the latter confirmed that the previous reports are true. “Sa totoo lang matagal na yung issue na yun. Nagsisimula pa lang ang Katorse. Nag-start lang naman talaga ito nung napagsabihan ko siya about professionalism. Kasi ako bilang katrabaho niya, concerned lang naman ako sa kanya, at ‘yun nga yung mga nasabi nya,” said Erich who initially didn’t want to talk about the issue anymore.
But the local press kept on prodding her about it so she explained that there’s no reason for her to make up false stories about her relationship with Ejay off cam. “Kung dinedeny man niya yung mga bagay na nakasakit sa akin na sinabi niya mismo sa harap ko... Hindi ko lang naman kasi yun narinig e, sinabi niya talaga sa akin. Ayun, bahala na siya. Wala na ako magagawa dun. Basta ako, hindi ako plastik na tao at tsaka nagsasabi lang ako ng totoo. Pero please, sana kalimutan na natin yun kasi New Year naman na. Dapat puro positive vibes lang. Ibaon na lang natin yun sa 2009,” she stressed.
It’s never easy to work with someone you’re at odds with, but Erich claimed that she refused to let that incident affect her performance at work. “Basta po ako pagdating sa trabaho, kung anong kailangan sa eksena at sinabi ng director, yun ang gagawin ko. Kailangan lang talaga maging professional. Kung ano man ang nararamdaman mo sa isang tao, yung personal stuff mo sa kanya, dapat i-set aside mo para maging maganda maging kinalabasan ng eksena.” The young actress also denied that she uses it to motivate her character Nene who hated Gabby (played by Ejay) for trying to come between her and Jojo (Enchong Dee) in the story of Katorse. “Yung sa Katorse naman bilang Gabby at Nene naman yun, hindi Erich at Ejay. Kinakalimutan kong ako si Erich pagdating sa set.”
Now that they’re working on a new soap, Erich insisted that what happened between them in the past doesn’t matter anymore. Asked if she knew that Ejay’s going to be a part of Tanging Yaman when the project was offered to her, she merely shrugged, “Nung sinabi sa akin yung story ng Tanging Yaman at tinanggap ko [yung project], hindi ko alam [na kasama din siya]. Pero siyempre po ‘di ba, kahit anong mangyari trabaho po ito e at pwedeng makatrabaho ko siya ulit. So ganon po talaga ang buhay. Basta masaya ako na may trabaho ako ulit, yun ang importante.”
At the end of the interview, Erich agreed that the ABS-CBN management are also taking steps to remedy the situation. But whatever decision they have made about it, Erich said that she would rather not discuss it in public. “Basta po kung may mga gusto man kami sabihin sa isa’t isa, sasabihin namin sapersonal at hindi sa harap ng kamera o ng maraming tao. Sa aming dalawa na lang po yun,” she added.