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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 25, 2010

Solenn Didn't Expect She'll Be Popular Because Of Survivor

SOLENN HEUSSAFF says she never expected her exposure in “Survivor Philippines Celebrity Edition” to make her famous overnight. She’s in demand in internet searches and she gets a lot of twits. People now recognize her in public. “I really didn’t expect it to be this big kasi I’m just quiet in the challenges, but it’s a new experience for me and I’m learning,” she says.

Considering she comes from a rich family in Forbes Park, she registers as someone so simple and unassuming compared to other castaways who are so “maarte”. “I’m not a complainer and I should thank my parents for bringing me up well. When our group won suka, soy sauce, onion, tomatoes and cooking oil lang, I was so happy na. I don’t usually eat carbs but in the island, I ate a lot of rice everyday and still I lost 5 kilos.”

So is she now open to acting? “I am, but I admit I’m a bad actress because my Tagalog is sobrang pangit. Sa TV commercials nga that I did, I have no speaking lines at all. But now, I’m learning to speak it better with the help of a Tagalog coach.”

What about her rumored romance with Richard Gutierrez? “There’s none. We’re just friends talaga from way back. But we did get closer in the island and after that, we also bonded well kasi we go to the gym together. Now, people are saying we’re bagay to each other and some people are even insinuating I caused his breakup with his girlfriend (Jewel Mische) which is not true at all. It’s definitely not my fault.” See Richard is smitten by Solenn Heussaff.

Why doesn’t she ride on her rumored romance with Richard? “Sorry, but I don’t use people.”

There’s talk she’d be included in Richard’s return as Captain Barbell and in his Valentine movie. “Okay lang. But it’s all just talk. No word yet from GMA. What I do now is prepare to cut my first album as a singer.”

Is there a possibility that love will develop between her and Richard later? “I don’t know. I don’t want to pre-empt the future.”

Did Georgina Wilson, Chard’s ex who’s also her good friend, really warn her not to fall for him? “No, she didn’t tell me anything. She’s very much in love right now (with Borgy Manotoc) and I don’t think she’d meddle with others now.”