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BB and Zoren are co-stars on TV5′s new fantasy-drama ‘Enchanted Garden’

BB is interviewed by News5 about 'Enchanted Garden'. (Joseph Agcaoili)


After facing off on “Paparazzi Showbiz Exposed” on June 2, BB Gandanghari and Zoren Legaspi will soon share more screen time on a regular basis as co-stars on TV5′s upcoming fantasy-drama, “Enchanted Garden”.

BB and Zoren are part of a formidable cast that includes Alice Dixson, Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Gladys Reyes, and Alex Gonzaga.

 This is the first regular TV gig for BB, the transsexual formerly known as Rustom Padilla, since Rustom became a housemate on “Pinoy Big Brother” and came out to the public in 2006.

 Zoren, the long-time live-in partner of Rustom’s ex-wife Carmina Villaroel, is quick to quash insinuations that his “Paparazzi” interview was a gimmick to promote “Enchanted Garden” in advance.


Zoren says his 'Paparazzi' interview with BB was no gimmick. (Joseph Agcaoili)


“Wala pong ganun. Nagkataon talaga ito. Right after our interview, bigla namang nagtawagan na there is a soap for both of us na hindi namin alam,” Zoren said.

 BB seconds Zoren. ”Ginawa namin ‘yung interview dahil gusto naming mag-usap. Why? For closure and para mawala na ‘yung mga iwasan, ‘yung mga tanggihan sa trabaho. At ito ‘yung bunga,” she explained.

 The other Kapatid stars are also excited to work with BB, especially Ruffa, who admits she used to have a crush on Rustom.

 ”Working with BB, I am very excited. First time ko siyang makatrabaho bilang BB kasi nakasama ko na siya dati bilang Rustom at medyo crush ko siya noon,” Ruffa said.

Flattered, BB retorts that she can’t blame Ruffa for feeling that way then.

“Ang gwapo ni Rustom ‘no? In fairness sa kanya,” she quipped, laughing while keeping true to his habit of referring to Rustom in the third person and past tense.


Ruffa says she used to have a crush on Rustom, BB's past persona. (Joseph Agcaoili)


Zoren, on the other hand, is also being teased about working with his teenage sweetheart Ruffa. The two are co-hosts on “Paparazzi” but this is the first time they will spend long hours working together on the set of a TV series.

 Zoren thinks it’s not an issue anymore. ”Kami naman ni Ruffa hindi kami nagkakapikunan niyan eh. Kahit anong batuhan ng joke, kaya naming sakyan,” he said.

 Ruffa agrees and says they have become good friends and already have a good working relationship.

 For more on this story, you can watch the News5 report of Laila Chikadora here: