Very much like the title of the TV show they star in, Tubig at Langis, Vivian Velez and Cristine Reyes, as it turns out, are immiscible.
Velez—the veteran actress who had a stellar career from the ‘70s to the ‘90s until she pursued family life and business ventures—posted on Facebook Sunday that she is leaving her ABS-CBN drama series show Tubig at Langis.
“With much trepidation, I would like to tender my immediate irrevocable resignation, effective immediately, from the show, Tubig at Langis. I have never been so upset and humiliated by an actress in my entire career spanning four decades!” she wrote, leaving the name of the actress who humiliated her out of her statement.
But she eventually told online showbiz website Pep.ph. in an exclusive interview on the same day that the culprit was Cristine Reyes.
She told Pep, “The straw that broke the camel’s back was when we shared a designated standby room and she asked me to leave the room because she wants it only for her own. She bangs the doors, shouted at me. She keeps on singing ‘Goodbye, Farewell’ in front of my face while we are rehearsing.”
Velez added, “She complained to the production staff why they are nice to me and she should be the priority all the time. And many other instances of rudeness that were uncalled for.”
The 47-year old actress, best known for her move Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang said that Reyes has acted offensively toward her for the last month, with Saturday’s incident as the final blow.
In a follow up interview with Pep.ph on Monday, following meeting with the management, Velez revealed that the show accepted her resignation and that she has to shoot her unfinished scenes before being allowed to move on. She said she requested not to have any scenes with Reyes.
“Regarding my character on the show, they have no choice. My resignation is irrevocable. I will not support a lead actress like her,” she said.
In a separate interview aired in evening news program TV Patrol on Monday, Velez clarified that her motivation was not to get special treatment.
“I’ve earned my stripes naman in the industry. Iyon lang, kaunting respeto. Hindi naman kailangan special treatment,” she said.
Reyes, who is a Viva talent, side has not yet aired an official statement as of press time.