EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes With "To Love Some Buddy" Stars Maja Salvador And Zanjoe Marudo
In the Jason Paul Laxamana movie To Love Some Buddy, which will be released on October 31, Maja Salvador and Zanjoe Marudo play best buds Faith and Julius who end up falling in love and taking the risk in leveling up their relationship.
Like their big screen characters, offscreen, the two have the same type of personalities, where they find happiness in even the simplest things. This became clearer when Metro.Style chatted with them about the things that inspire and motivate them when they're not under the showbiz spotlight.
Behind the scenes photos by Cara Tirona
“I think it would be good for a relationship to start with friendship first. But there are times when you just can’t help but fall in love with someone right away." #ToLoveSomeBuddy lead stars @onlyzanjoemarudo and @iammajasalvador talk about the link between friendship and romantic relationship in this Metro.Style exclusive digital cover feature. Full story at the link in our bio. Produced by: @gracelibero Photography by: @rxandy Creative Director: @theonlychookiecruz Stylists: @mr.miguelcruz for @styleListinc (Maja) and @perrytabora (Zanjoe) Makeup for Maja: @deniseochoa Hair for Maja: @rjdelacruz Grooming for Zanjoe: @jaybherrera Video Producer: @joknutsss Videographed & Edited by @berwincoroza Writer: @maanpamaran Shoot assistant: @caragt Shot on location at @juxtapose.psid Specials thanks to: @black_sheeph and @traybien.ph
Maja on what she finds therapeutic
"I like doing my nails (laughs). I also like going to the sauna to relax. For some weird reason, kahit hindi ako nagmamaneho, therapeutic para sa akin 'yung mahabang byahe. 'Pag land trip, nakatingin lang ako sa labas ng bintana. 'Pag sa plane naman, nagsusulat ako ng notes, 'yung mga ideas na gusto ko pang gawin. Umaandar din 'yung utak ko. Pag-land ko, feeling ko na-recharge na ako, at excited na ako mag-work ulit.
Zanjoe on what he does on his days off
"Nasa condo lang ako, nagpapahinga. Sometimes I have dinner with friends. Pero lalo na before ako mag-start du'n sa bahay na ginagawa ko sa Batangas, nasa bahay lang ako talaga. Gusto ko simple lang ang buhay—tahimik, kaya naisipan ko na din magtayo ng bahay ko sa probinsya."
Zanjoe on building a new home
"'Yan ang obsession ko ngayon. Matagal ko na gusto 'yung may uuwian ako sa gitna ng bukid. This will be my sanctuary someday. Dito ako makapagpapahinga and just be myself, without other people watching my every move. Diyan ko dadalhin ang family ko kapag may special occasions sila that they want to celebrate."
Maja on being friends with an ex
"Hindi malalim ang friendship pero andu'n 'yung okay kami. Civil."
Zanjoe on relating to the movie
"Nu'ng nabasa ko 'yung script, natuwa ako kasi relatable siya. 'Yung characters namin ni Maja, mapa-babae ka o lalaki, may mga na-experience ka na ganyan sa buhay mo. Actually, kinabahan ako nu'ng una kasi hindi pa kami close ni Maja, so iniisip ko kung paano namin gagawin 'yung pagiging best friends. Pero ang dali lang pala kasi masarap siya katrabaho at madali siya maging kaibigan."
Maja’s advice for those who are “sawi sa love life”
"Tulad ko! (laughs). Ganyan lang 'yan, sasaya din tayo. Enjoy niyo 'yung pagiging single niyo kasi kapag in a relationship na naman kayo, hindi na naman kayo makakawala sa responsibility sa relationship. Isipin mo na lang 'yung wala kang sakit ng ulo, hawak mo ang oras mo, at wala kang pinag-papaalaman. I-develop mo ang sarili mo para 'pag nahanap mo na 'yung bago mong love, you are ready."
Zanjoe on exploring his other passions
"Nag-try ako mag-pitch ng concept para sa sitcom, at na-approve siya! Nagulat ako may pinapirmahan silang voucher sa akin, at sinabi nila na in development na 'yung project. It is one of the things I want to pursue, because I often get ideas kapag nasa shoot, at kapag may naisip ako na idagdag sa scene, ginagamit nila. I think 'yan ang gusto ko maging next goal, ang mag-trababo behind the camera, 'yung makapag-direct ako in the future."
Maja on the importance of family
"Kung tingin ng iba walang forever, sa family, may forever. Kahit ano'ng mangyari, and'yan pa rin ang family mo para sa iyo."
Some of the most beautiful love stories came from true friendships. Your best friend is that person who has been there for you through good times and in bad times. They care for you, protect you and love you with all your flaws. Really, how can you stop yourself from falling in love with them? #ToLoveSomeBuddy Produced by: @gracelibero Photography by: @rxandy Creative Director: @theonlychookiecruz Stylists: @mr.miguelcruz for @styleListinc(Maja) and @perrytabora (Zanjoe) Makeup for Maja: @deniseochoa Hair for Maja: @rjdelacruz Grooming for Zanjoe: @jaybherrera Video Producer: @joknutsss Videographed & Edited by @berwincoroza Writer: @maanpamaran Shoot assistant: @caragt Shot on location at @juxtapose.psid Specials thanks to: @black_sheeph and @traybien.ph
Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz
Photography by Rxandy Capinpin
Creative Director: Chookie Cruz
Makeup for Maja: Denise Go-Ochoa
Hairstyling for Maja: RJ dela Cruz
Grooming for Zanjoe: Jay Herrera
Video producer: Joan Ko
Videography by Berwin Coroza
Shoot assistant: Cara Tirona
Shot on location at Philippine School of Interior Design's Juxtapose exhibit at Santolan Town Plaza