One does not have to be a Judy Ann Santos and Rico Yan fan to feel the unique on-screen magic they had. Even with only a few projects as a love team back in the '90s, the two left a mark in viewers that still rack up kilig up to this day.
During the pre-show of the restored version of their 1998 film "Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay" held last September 22, the actress shared what it was like working with the late actor whom she likened to her husband, Ryan Agoncillo.
"Si Rico kasi, para siyang si Ryan na akala ng mga tao sobrang hirap makausap kasi Inglesero, medyo sosyal, commercial model. But napakabargas na tao ni Rico Yan yet napakatotoo rin niya," she spoke of the late actor.
Judy Ann also believes it was the same reason why they instantly hit it off. "Kaya siguro nag-click din kami because he has a way of making you feel comfortable," she said. "Kung bastusan ang usap, bastos pa siya sa bastos in a way na it's not offensive, and napakagenuine din niya kasing tao. Napakatalino at napakabukal ng puso niya sa maraming bagay."
Even after they were paired in the Rory Quintos film, the communication didn't stop between them, according to Judy Ann. In fact, he was among the few leading men she worked with who never failed to check up on her especially when she's at her lowest.
"He was one of the few people na whenever I have a breakdown, siya ‘yung tao na mangangamusta sa'kin," said Judy Ann. "Even if nung dumating na kami sa point na I was paired with Piolo (Pascual), he was paired with Claudine (Barretto), they have relationship already, he would still come up with the conversation na kumusta ka na. Kumbaga hindi naman masyado nawala 'yung communication namin," she shared.
It is also because of the effortless chemistry they had, even off cam, that many fans rooted for them in real life. While they did have a genuine connection, Judy Ann made clear that what she and Rico had was something that wouldn't cross their boundaries as friends.
"The spark between Rico and I, very genuine in a way na whenever we get interviewed, tinatanong na 'Are you together?' We would always say no kasi hindi naman talaga," she explained. "And hindi rin naman talaga umabot sa punto na naging kami. Parang laging pine-pressure ‘yung friendship naming dalawa."
"We would always say na we're more than friends, but not lovers,” she cleared. “Meron lang kaming respect and point of view sa friendship namin na okay, hanggang dito lang tayo," she added.
Apart from "Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay", Judy Ann and Rico starred in the movies "Paano ang Puso Ko?" and "Gimik: The Reunion".
You can watch the digitally restored and remastered version of "Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay" on KTX.ph!
Read more stories here:
WATCH: Judy Ann and Ryan deal with their mothers' issues in 'Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo'
Judy Ann Santos explains why she's no longer posting new cooking vlogs
WATCH: Judy Ann Santos shares advice on weight loss: ‘Mas naka-focus ako sa health’