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.”