Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Definitely Janie

In the romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe, Jane Oineza gives advice to Gerald Anderson's character. I can attest to Jane's advice-giving abilities. I don't know what I'd have done if she hadn't been there at critical moments in my life.
Jane Oineza and I have been through a lot together. We’ve seen each other through happiness and heartbreak a thousand times over. I’ve memorized the way her eyes light up when she’s happy, and the way the corners of her mouth turn down when she’s not. I have to say I prefer the former, so I was glad to see that expression on her face when she told me that she had been cast in the movie Always Be My Maybe.

Jane broke the news to me while I was riding shotgun in her van as she wove expertly through the clogged streets of Metro Manila—oh yes, she was driving! Jane, our friend Jan Enriquez and I were looking for a place to eat and had just decided to head for Bonifacio Global City when talk turned to Jane’s career. That was when she brought up her role in the romantic comedy starring Arci Munoz and Gerald Anderson.

At the time, Jane had barely begun work on the movie, so she couldn’t tell us much about it because there wasn’t a lot to tell pa, aside from the fact that Dan Villegas was directing it. Besides, we had other, more personal matters to discuss over dinner. Hehe. So when the grand press conference of Always Be My Maybe rolled around, I made sure to send a representative—my photographer friend Allan Sanconso I could find out more about my BFF's latest project.

At said press conference, Jane revealed that she had been cast as Telay, whom she described as the best friend-slash-assistant of Gerald’s playboy character Jake. Most of Jane's scenes were with him, so she really got a chance to know and learn from him on the set. “Ako yung nagbibigay ng advice kay Jake sa mga times na kailangan niya nun, pero from a girl’s point of view,” Jane explains. “Isang eksena lang ako with Arci, pero super fun niya kasama and bilib ako sa work ethic niya. With Gerald naman, sobrang bait niya. Cool siya kasama, talagang parang tropa-tropa lang kami.”

Jane told reporters that she considered Always Be My Maybe a breath of fresh air, at least as far as her filmography is concerned. “First time in a long time ko gumanap ng boyish na role. Isa yun sa mga gusto ko sanang gawin noon, and ngayon nagawa ko na. This movie is something new for me kasi it’s very light, and sanay ang mga tao na makita ako mag-drama,” she explains.

Jane may have started on the kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit, but her subsequent career was largely built on heavy drama. She’s known for her star turns in several gut-wrenching Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes (one such episode even garnered her a nomination for an international acting award), as well as her most recent teleserye Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita. This latest movie of hers means a lot to Jane because it allowed to stretch herself creatively and break out of her shell a little bit—and what actor or actress wouldn’t welcome an opportunity to do that?

One of the more, uh, interesting moments of the grand presscon came when Jane was asked about the status of her relationship with Jeron Teng. Specifically, she was asked for her opinion on when a relationship should be called a “maybe.” She replied, without hesitation, “Siguro yung hindi niyo pa napaguusapan kung ano ba yung status niyo, kasi dapat malinaw sa inyong dalawa kung ano ang meron kayo.” (Pak!)

So when she was pressed for comment on kung ano ang meron siya with the De La Salle University Green Archers standout, Jane didn’t even blink—she knew exactly what to say. “OK naman kami. Busy kasi siya, busy din ako. Gusto muna namin mag-focus sa careers namin. Like siya, last year or last two years na niya sa UAAP. I’m not sure, about that, pero sure ako na friends kami. Walang maybe. Sure na friends,” she said.

As a friend to Jane and Jeron, I can tell you all that her answers mean that they’ve talked things over and decided that the best thing for both of them right now would be to focus on their careers. It’s not my place to agree or disagree with their decision because it doesn’t really involve me, but for the record, I’d like to say that I support it. After all, both of them have a lot on their respective plates right now anyway.

Jane at the Always Be My Maybe premiere. The movie has been met with success, and Jane attributes that to the working environment on set. "I was really having fun. Sobrang bait ni Direk Dan at parang barkada lang kaming lahat."
Fast forward to the Always Be My Maybe premiere night, to which I also sent Allan Sancon, who caught up with Jane after the screening. He got a video interview with her, and when I watched it back, I saw that she was bubbling over with the kind of excitement that I’ve seen when she’s talking about a really good book she’s read. But I digress.

“Sobra akong proud sa buong film,” she gushed. “Gusto kong i-congratulate everyone behind the movie. Very proud ako sa kanila. Natuwa din ako sa reaction ng mga nanood. Nakaka-overwhelm na affected sila sa mga lines na sinasabi mo. Nakikita mo na natatawa sila, umiiyak sila. Super sarap nung pakiramdam na nakikita mo na yung pinaghirapan mo, appreciated ng ibang tao.”

The people who appreciated Jane’s performance in Always Be My Maybe should keep an eye out for her next project—another movie under Star Cinema. But this one will be a change of pace for her yet again.

“I’m doing Bloody Crayons, it’s a barkada horror movie and we’re all very excited. Nag-cam test at storycon na kami. Olivia ang name ng character ko, and boyfriend ko sa movie si Diego Loyzaga,” she shares. “Ano to, uh, patayan siya. It’s a slasher movie.”

I’m really happy that Jane has a lot lined up, career-wise. It sucks that I can’t see her as often as I’d like to because she’s really busy, but I’d rather she be busy with work than idle. Being busy equals success, and as a friend, there’s definitely nothing more important to me than seeing Jane succeed.

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All photos by Allan Sancon for Jules Explains it All.

20 comments

  1. very personal yet well written. Thanks Sir Julian for this!

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  2. Tnx sir julian..we r proud of jane too..

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  3. Thanks sir Julian for this write-up and for being a great friend to Jane.

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  4. Thank you sir for the love..love u both!

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  5. julian she very talent person even i dont know her personally pero nakikita ko yung humblesness niya at galing niyang bilang artista i hope abscbn could give her more projects sana ibalig din siya sa kapamilya gold!!! hoping a new teleserye for her nakakamiss narin siya sana this time with marco gumabao naman :D

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  6. Nakakatuwang basahin kasi ur not just reading a blog for an artist pero this writeup is for a friend pero nkikita ko prin ung pgging professional mo without any biased. And thankyou for the.love juls. I hope na sabay sabay kaung mgng busy pra sabay sabay dn kau mgng successul loveu

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  7. Thanks sir Julian! We love you Jane

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  8. Bilang isa sa mga fans ni jane masaya ako para sakanya. Sa mga narating nya. God bless you jane. More blessing's to come.

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  9. Thanks Julian ! You are trully a real friend of her.

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  10. Tnx sir Julian for always loving janey...A friend like you is truly a gem!

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  11. Super worth it basahin, Nakakatuwa na maraming blessings ang dumarating kay jane :)

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  12. Super like na talaga kita sir julian. Dahil sa pagmamahal mo sa super idol kong c Jane, idol na rin kita. I love ur friendship. Pls stay with her (ups and downs man yan.) Thanks a lot.
    Ps. Mahal ko din ang spongecola esp.sir Yael Yuzon kc binigyan nya rin ng halaga c Jane. Pareho kayong naniwala sa kakayahan nya. I also love sir Jan Enriquez kc pareho kayong super love c Jane. Thank you so much.

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  13. Thanks sir julian i am super fan of jane oineza since pbb days. God bless Sir Julian����

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  14. very greatful for the both of you. before she entered pbb house she is under rated artist,coz' after she bagged an international recognition, there's no follow up projects for her. Konti lang exposure nya dati eh. Pero sa sobrang husay nya talagang umarte we're happy kc mas nangibabaw yun kesa dun sa pamamalagi nya sa loob. Highlights na pinakagusto ko sa pbb eh sya lang ang natatangi na na nag grand debut sa loob, at thankful din Kay big bro kc pinakilala yung real Jane na nagustuhan namin na di sumusuko at di nagbibitaw ng bad words sa kasamahan nya kahit pinagtutulungan sya dun. And this time sana magtuloy tuloy pa ang pag usad ng career ni Jane. Naniniwala ako na sana this year, sa kanya na to. #Primetime Leading Lady or #Kapamilya Gold Queen or Princess at #Box Office Movie Star samahan pa ng #Platinum Recording Artist. #iBelieve&claimit! More power to both of you, your friendship and successful journey.
    -itsOver

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  15. Thanks sir Julian for always loving our Janey! naiyak ako!! seryoso..siguro naramdam ko yung tunay na pagmamahal mo kay jane since then! super lucky ni janey to have you..hope your friendship always bloom..We love u po:)

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  16. Sir Julian, I have always been a fan of Jane ever since we were both young. I hope one day, I'll be able to meet you and Jane :)

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  17. im so proud of you Jane, im a silent fan im so happy for you...thanks Julian for always being there for Jane :)

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  18. Well-written with sincerity. Thank you Mr. Julian for writing this up. Jane's so lucky to have you. I'm just a silent fan of Jane but I genuinely admire and love her. :) God bless and more power to both you.

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