Coco Martin & Julia Montes (MNS Photo)

Coco Martin & Julia Montes (MNS Photo)

Julia Montes emphasized that she and Coco Martin are just friends even if Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino have been teasing her to the actor on their shows recently.

Montes admitted that she and Martin are really close because they have known each other even before they started working together.

Niloloko talaga nila ako on and off cam. Ako kasi honestly kapag hindi ako nakikita sa screen, mahiyain talaga ako. Bibihira ako makipag-usap kung hindi ako kakausapin kasi ganun ako kamahiyain. Siguro nakikita nila na kay Coco, close ako. Kasi ever since, hindi pa ako nagma-‘Mara Clara,’ close na kami. Magkakilala kami way way back. Hindi pa sa mga shows dito sa ABS, kakilala ko na siya. Friends talaga kami,” she explained.

Martin and Montes have worked together in several projects including the teleseryes “Walang Hanggan” and “Ikaw Lamang,” as well as the movie “A Moment in Time.”

In his past interviews, Martin had been vocal about his plans to court Montes once she turns 18. The actress celebrated her debut in March 2013.

Although almost two years have passed since then, Montes said work remains her top priority and that she is not yet ready to enter into a romantic relationship.

“Kapag nag-focus kasi ako sa isang bagay, focused talaga ako. Siguro work muna talaga ‘yung focus ko. Hindi natin masasabi. Ayaw ko magsalita ng tapos pero work muna,” she said.

Asked if she is willing to go on a date with Martin on Valentine’s Day in case he invites her, Montes said: “Kapag nagyaya na lang saka na pag-isipan. Bilang wala pa naman po, wala muna.”

Meanwhile, Montes shared that she is hoping to work with Gerald Anderson again in future projects after she has gotten to know him in their movie “Halik sa Hangin.”

At first, ‘yun din ang iniisip namin. Ano kaya ang magiging reaction nila sa bagong team-up? Lahat naman po ng artista, kapag may bago na ka-love team or ka-partner, ‘yun naman ang unang pumapasok sa isip namin. Now, unexpected na nagustuhan nila. Hopefully masundan kung meron,” she said.

Montes admitted she will miss her “Halik sa Hangin” co-stars, especially Anderson and JC de Vera.

Silang dalawa nakilala ko sa movie na ‘to. Nung nagsisimula kami nagkakahiyaan kami and nung patapos na, doon lang kami nagkakilanlan, nagkakabiruan na. Sabi nga namin, sa huli pa kami naging close lahat,” she said. (MNS)