THE saying “you cannot serve two masters” is not applicable to Ella Cruz. In fact, this nineteener star has been serving“three masters.”
At present, Ella is ABS-CBN’s contract star for two more years. Her first project for Kapamilya was Ariana. When it ended, while waiting for a follow up assignment, Ella accepted an offer from TV5. She appeared as the leading lady in TV5’s love-drama-comedy series Wattpad Presents. Then, she returned to her home studio after Wattpad and played one of the main cast in the drama show, Bagito.
After her remarkable performance in Bagito, she will be seen again on television through Kapatid’s spooky show titled ParangNormal Activity, starring two young ABS-CBN talents– Ryle Paolo Santiago and Andrei Garcia.
When we asked Ella during our interview at the presscon for the ParangNormalActivity if she’s the one who brought Ryle Paolo and Andrei to TV5, her reply: “Wala po akong kinalaman…”
Writer-director Perci Intalan interfered by saying that he’s the one who chose Paolo and Andrei to co-star with Ella in ParangNormal Activity.
“Nagpa-audition kami ni Direk Jun Lana ng mga bagong mukha para sa papel na Makoy at Red at nakapasa ang ABS-CBN’s budding young actors for the roles. The fourth who plays one of the mystery-solving barkada is commercial model Shaun Salvador as Third,” according to Perci.
Meanwhile, Ella’s character as Charlie in ParangNormal Activity will surely shock TV viewers.
“This is my second appearance sa horror. Pero ako man ay na-surprise sa kinalabasan ng character ko dito. May mga twist dito na kahit kami nina Paolo, Andrei at Shaun ay ‘di namin naisip na ganun ang mangyayari, ” explained Ella.
When inquired if she’ll do another horror show, either in Kapamilya or in Kapatid Network, she said “Ayoko na po yata. Kasi baka naman ma-type cast na ako bilang horror star.”
Ella is aware already of the boundaries concerning her acting career. She knows what kind of character she has to play or must not accept. Although she’s the only one in the family who is in showbiz, her experience in her chosen profession has taught her methods on how to shine.
Ella tried her luck in the entertainment industry when she was just seven years old. Her very first exposure was in GMA7. She moved to ABS-CBN and became one of the child performers in Goin’ Bulilit. At the age of nine, she returned to GMA7 and played young Angel Locsin in one of the former Kapuso soaps. A big break came on her way when she was chosen to play an important role in a widely viewed ABS-CBN series, Ariana.
GMA7 is still looking for an opportunity to have Ella. The latest, we heard that Kapuso is interested to get this 19-year old Bulakenya after her contract with ABS-CBN expires. Meanwhile, there are offers for her to appear as leading lady in some indie films. However, the go signal must come from Star Magic which manages her showbiz career.
In case Kapamilya allows her to appear in indie movies, Ella told the press that she’s willing to do experimental roles, but not to the extent that she would be stereo-typed to it. And there is an exemption, “I won’t accept sexy roles or wear sexy outfits that might expose my private parts.” (MNS)