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Scout - - CONTENTS - In­ter­view by JED GRE­GO­RIO Pho­tog­ra­phy by PAOLO CRODUA Styling by KAREN BOLILIA

In an in­ter­view, Ellen Adarna was asked to re­spond to crit­i­cism on her ques­tion­able work­out meth­ods, par­tic­u­larly her wildly pop­u­lar box­ing videos. The crit­i­cism seems to stem from the lack of er­gonomic sen­si­bil­ity in box­ing bra- less— don’t her breasts hurt? To which Ellen only re­sponded with a re­sound­ing duh. Be­cause it doesn’t mat­ter. “Of course, they’re fake!” she says. No de­nials, no tears. In another in­ter­view, the “40 For­bid­den Ques­tions” seg­ment of ra­dio DJ Mo Twis­ter’s Good Times

With Mo pod­cast, Ellen can­didly an­swered a stream of ques­tions that in­cluded, among oth­ers: Have you re­ceived in­de­cent pro­pos­als? If yes, from whom? Which celebrity do you think has had her boobs done and should ad­mit it?

This time we give Ellen another ques­tion­naire. ( We’re skip­ping “Who would you have a three­some with?”, though, sorry.) Here she talks love, heart­break, and her big­gest in­se­cu­rity.

What ad­jec­tive best de­scribes you?



Be­cause… I’m a girl! ( Laughs) I guess I got it from my dad. I have my mood swings. Why do you think you have this rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing fear­less? I just don’t care. I grew up like this, so for me it’s just nor­mal. I grew up be­ing sur­rounded by peo­ple like that in my fam­ily. The girls, they’re all like me. Isn’t that how you’re not sup­posed to be, when you’re in showbiz? Here’s the thing with me—I do what I want and I do what makes me happy, so I re­ally don’t care for other peo­ple’s hap­pi­ness. I’m sel sh like that. ( Laughs) In showbiz they try to con­trol you but… they just can’t do it to me. I mean, if my dad can’t… What’s your great­est fear? Lizards. They’ve fallen on me count­less times, I’ve stepped on one. Even three days af­ter the fact I still feel grossed out. What do you en­joy do­ing the most? Work­ing out, but lately I haven’t. I haven’t gone to the gym for the long­est time. When did you start be­ing into that? Since we were kids we’ve been very ac­tive. I did bal­let, gym­nas­tics, karate, vol­ley­ball. I have four younger broth­ers, so we’ve been used to al­ways do­ing some­thing. When I’m sweat­ing I for­get my prob­lems. I for­get the world when I’m just fo­cused on do­ing that. Cook­ing, too. I make a good paella and baked chicken.

What do you do to un­wind?

I go to the spa or I drink.

Do you easily get drunk?

No. What’s your dream va­ca­tion? To go some­where re­ally cold—the North Pole! I’m ac­tu­ally do­ing it next month. It’s not the ac­tual North Pole that’s cov­ered in Arc­tic ice, but it’s Fin­land, Nor­way, that area, where there’s a Santa Claus Vil­lage. I’ll be there for two weeks. I’d also like to see the aurora bo­re­alis. What do you con­sider to be your big­gest break? When I moved to ABS-CBN. It hasn’t been a month but I al­ready met with the big bosses, I was given a pro­ject, an af­ter­noon soap, Moon of De­sire. But showbiz started when I ran away from home. I didn’t have a job, so the tim­ing was great when GMA called. So I just left. What’s your fa­vorite food? Adobo. I can eat it ev­ery day! I have my own recipe, but it’s re­ally ba­sic. What I do is, af­ter three days, I fry it. I make a huge batch of chicken pork adobo, stick in the freezer, and I just get from that stock when­ever I want to. If I want it to have sauce, I mi­crowave it. If I want it fried, I can do that, too. If that batch lasts for a month, it tastes bet­ter. What’s the most mem­o­rable mo­ment in your ca­reer? When I was asked to cry for 2 hours straight for the rst soap I did. It’s like ev­ery sin­gle scene had me in it. I was raped, my dad died, my boyfriend left me, I was beat up—all in one day! Look­ing back I ab­so­lutely don’t know how I did it. Maybe it’s be­cause the di­rec­tor was re­ally good. For the rst few scenes it was easy, I can cry, I can draw emo­tion from some­where, you know? But then noth­ing was com­ing out any­more and I was get­ting scolded. The only way to get any emo­tion out of me was to re­ally break me down. I guess it worked. But usu­ally, I would read the script, so that I have an idea about where the story is go­ing. I try to char­ac­ter­ize my role. Based on the story I try to get a feel of the scene. Most of the time it works, but I just can’t cry any­more, I just think of a last re­sort, my fam­ily. Are you close with your fam­ily? Yes. If I re­ally have to cry and I can’t, I imag­ine them dy­ing. It’s so bad! It’s not nice! But if you re­ally can’t feel that you’re the most mis­er­able per­son on earth, if you can’t feel what the char­ac­ter is go­ing through… I’ve killed my sib­lings, my dad, so many times. ( Laughs) But I try not to do that tech­nique all the time. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A doc­tor. But in school I re­al­ized early on that I hated read­ing, I hated study­ing. I can’t be a doc­tor. But if you weren’t an ac­tor… My dad’s as­sis­tant. Maybe I’ll be an ar­chi­tect and engi­neer, my dad is. That’s what I en­joyed most when I was work­ing with my dad, the site vis­its, the mea­sur­ing of things, the draw­ings. Af­ter showbiz, I guess I’m go­ing back home, be­cause there I can be the boss. And it’s con­ve­nient and easy and com­fort­able. That’s what I can think of right now, be­cause work is just re­ally tough. Some­times I just want to be in con­trol of my time, I want to be the boss. I’d like to have a busi­ness that I can just leave, some­thing that can sus­tain it­self some­how. Go­ing back home is part of the plan, I just don’t know when. I live in the mo­ment. I don’t plan much. What was it like grow­ing up? I’ve been out­go­ing since I was a kid, I never changed. I was never shy. But I had my mo­ments. I was in­se­cure, but I’m way past that. I think ev­ery­one goes through it, when you’re un­sure of your­self. But now I think those were all just shal­low thoughts. Even­tu­ally you’ll for­get them, out­grow them. Once in a while you’ll have a small in­se­cu­rity, maybe, but not as bad as those when you were younger. What’s your big­gest in­se­cu­rity? Now, it’s when I think about my fu­ture. If you didn’t ask, it re­ally doesn’t bother me much! Maybe it’s not an in­se­cu­rity, be­cause it’s just nor­mal, right? When you’re not sure about things. I mean, it’s the same for ev­ery­one, we’re all not sure what’s go­ing to hap­pen. So it’s just that, there’s al­ways that fear. What do you miss most about your life be­fore be­com­ing a celebrity? My time. I ac­tu­ally miss the eight-to- ve job. As I said, I was an all-around as­sis­tant to my dad. The job de­scrip­tion was uid, it was what­ever he told me to do. I re­ally miss that, be­ing able to con­trol my time. It’s im­pos­si­ble in showbiz.

Are you closer to your dad than to your mom?

I’m close to both, but in very dif­fer­ent ways. What do you think about be­ing viewed as a sex sym­bol? Be­fore, I used to get re­ally pissed about it. But now I’m just like, what­ever. Feel free to say what you want about me. What does it mean to be sexy? My close friends, or the peo­ple who come to re­ally know me, they’d say, “Oh, you’re dif­fer­ent from what I ex­pected.” It’s my per­son­al­ity that’s sexy. It’s con dence that’s sexy. I’m a good per­son. Oc­ca­sion­ally crazy, but al­ways fun. I’ll just brag about my per­son­al­ity. ( Laughs) As op­posed to brag­ging about my body, [which I won’t do]!

“I used to get re­ally pissed about be­ing called a sex sym­bol. But now I’m just like, what­ever. Feel free to say

what you want about me.”

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