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The entertainment industry is no doubt one cutthroat competition. Lucky are those who get to sign lucrative contracts with major studios. Then again, there are those who prefer to go freelance, happy to choose their own projects with whomever, wherever.

Emmanuelle Vera (

Emmanuelle Vera

It can be tricky at times but freelancing talents Emmanuelle Vera and Albie Casiño consider the set-up more ideal.

Emmanuelle, who entered the business in 2010 and has starred on several ABS-CBN series such as “1DOL,” “Got To Believe,” “Pangako Sa’Yo,” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” among others, revealed she’s okay leaving Star Magic, the training and management subsidiary of ABS-CBN.

The 22-year-old singer-actress noted, “Honestly, I feel like it was nice to be released and to be able to explore other things in my career.”

But what prompted her decision, we asked.

“Networks kasi are very particular whom they will build up. If they decide to build up someone, there are others who get left behind.

“I don’t have any hard feeling with them (Star Magic, ABS-CBN), I’m always very thankful for all the things they’ve done for me. But, I think this is the best time for me to go and find other ways to boost my career.”

Emmanuelle is now with Cornerstone Entertainment agency. She is open to joining GMA Network in the future.

“I wouldn’t mind if Cornerstone brings me there,” she said. “But they also have Spring Films so baka I just might do some movies for them.”

Even then, she would rather be known more as singer.
“Kasi ’yun po talaga ako eh. I’m a singer-songwriter so I think du’n ko gusto mas makilala,” said she, who joined “The Voice Of The Philippines” in 2013.

Albie, on his part, cites his battle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as reason for his departure from ABS-CBN.

It was in 2013 when Albie left Star Magic. He, who joined the Kapamilya network in 2009, became popular after starring on the hit remake of “Mara Clara;” and the romantic–comedy series “On The Wings Of Love.”

He is happy now doing shows on GMA, TV5 and ABS-CBN. He was last seen on the Kapuso drama anthology “Karelasyon.”

The actor now wants to do a variety of roles, noting, “At the end of the day kasi I just love acting, so for me, that’s the most important thing.”

He added, “And I want it to be na parang ’pag sinabing Albie, ‘Ah an actor, he can do whatever role.’”

Now online

Albie and Emmanuelle are featured on D5 Studio’s web series “The Complex.”

Albie Casiño (

Albie Casiño

The mystery-thriller series follows Alex (Albie), a male nurse who moves into an apartment complex and meets Anj (Emmanuelle), a beautiful but mysterious girl. Alex soon experiences strange happenings and vivid haunting dreams. He realizes the hallways, corners and walls of the complex conceal a secret begging to be revealed.

Is it easier to do a 10-minuter web series than an actual half an hour shows on TV, we asked the two.

“Difficult din,” Albie said. “’Pag nakita n’yo how we shoot, parang isang TV series din.”

Direk says

“The Complex” director Prime Cruz said in the same interview that he sees the series as a different type of thriller as “it will hook audiences mainly on mood and ambiance and not just on the jump scares.”

“This is my first psychological thriller,” said Prime, who is responsible for the horror films “Sleepless” and “Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B.”

“This is more challenging kasi series siya eh, so utay-utay ’yung pagpapalabas nito,” he explained. “So we have to do it well, para ma-keep namin ’yung attention ng mga tao and para abangan nila ’yung mga susunod na episodes.”

“The Complex” also stars Lou Veloso, Boo Gabunada and Kate Alejandrino. It premieres exclusively on D5Studio and on

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