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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.

Jan 21, 2021



ELLEN ADARNA is making a showbiz comeback in TV5’s new sitcom, “John en Ellen”, which starts airing this Sunday at 7 PM. 

The show brings back memories of the long running “John en Marsha” that starred the late Dolphy and Nida Blanca.

It will be recalled that Ellen was last seen in the Kapamilya sitcom, “Home Sweetie Home”, where she met John Lloyd Cruz and where their romance bloomed. Ellen had to take a rest when she got pregnant and gave birth to their son, Elias, who’s now two years old. 

After three years of being away from the camera, she’s now acting again and she says she liked the project when it was pitched to her. 

She plays the role of Ellen, the wife of John Estrada as John Kulantong, and they have two teenage kids played by former child actor Yogo Singh and the daughter of Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano, Angelina Cruz. 

The show will tackle issues concerning today’s modern family, in law problems, as well the reliance of today’s young people on gadgets and the internet. 

Just like in “John en Marsha”, John here also has a meddlesome in law. But instead of a mother in law like Donya Delilah, John’s in law here is the very rich Don Lucky de la Suerte, played by Ronaldo Valdez.

The sidekick of Donya Delilah before was Matutina. This time, Ronaldo’s sidekick is comedian Long Mejia as Tangee. They act as the villains who scheme to break up John and Ellen’s marriage.

How does it feel for Ellen to be acting again? “Masaya ako to be back. I was kind of nervous at first but everyone’s supportive at our lock in taping. I enjoyed it and now it doesn’t feel work at all but fun.”

Since they they did lock in taping for almost a week in Antipolo to complete five episodes in advance, how did she find the setup of doing lock in taping? 

“It’s okay. Ang mahirap lang, I was taping straight for five days at napalayo ako from my son, who’s my priority now. It’s good maganda ang timing, kasi his dad (John Lloyd Cruz) was also here in Manila, so he stayed with his dad muna. 

"But sa lock in taping, ang maganda, dere-deretso lang ang flow ng trabaho and you feel safer on the set kasi we observe all the necessary health protocols.”

How is it working with John Estrada? 

“It’s really fun to work with John. Masaya siyang kasama sa set and we’re glad people say we have good chemistry on screen. He helps me even with my Tagalog and gives me tips on how to do our scenes more effectively.”

What does she prefer to do, drama or comedy? “I’ve done drama before, but I miss comedy rin. Actually, mas mahirap magpatawa kaysa magdrama as it requires a lot of energy. 

"I also like my role in our sitcom kasi si Ellen here, she comes from a rich family, but hindi ako materialistic and I fell in love with John even if he’s poor. Kahit naghihirap kami, hindi ako umaasa sa tatay kong mayaman.”

She’s currently being linked to Derek Ramsay and although, they’ve both denied it, rumors persist. Would Derek be a guest in “John en Ellen” someday. It’s John who answered the question. 

“Why not? We are all good friends and we’re sure he’d be willing to support our show.”

John has always said there’s nothing wrong if romance would really brew between Ellen and Derek. 

“They are both free and single. They are not stepping on anybody’s toes, so I don’t see any problem there. I mean, you know, they both deserve to be happy.”