New love team sails: Why ‘JoshNella’ became top trend online


Posted at Aug 16 2019 12:52 AM

Janella Salvador and Joshua Garcia are first-time co-stars in ‘The Killer Bride.’ ABS-CBN/RCD Narratives

MANILA — A new ship has sailed, at least according to several trends on Twitter Thursday night, during the telecast of ABS-CBN’s gothic romance “The Killer Bride.”

The pairing — or “ship,” as termed by fans — is between first-time co-stars Joshua Garcia and Janella Salvador, who play Elias and Emma in the primetime series.

“The Killer Bride’s” episode on Thursday saw the introduction of their characters, with the mysterious Emma’s arrival in Elias’ hometown of Las Espadas.

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Emma, who has been hinted as a vessel of possession by Camila (Maja Salvador), relocated to Las Espadas from Manila for a job as a mortuary makeup artist.

Elias, meanwhile, has close ties with the family of Vito dela Cuesta (Geoff Eigenmann), Camila’s former love whose court testimony several years prior resulted in her imprisonment.

Sparks fly immediately on Elias and Emma’s first meeting. To the characters, the attraction appeared instant, and to fans, the chemistry between the actors, palpable.

During and well after the episode, several terms related to “The Killer Bride” and its newly introduced cast members ranked among the trending topics on Twitter.

Aside from the official hashtag of the episode, which topped the list, “Janella,” “Elias,” “Emma,” “JoshNella,” and “Las Espadas” also became trends.


Joshua Garcia and Janella Salvador share a light moment during a recent press conference for ‘The Killer Bride.’ ABS-CBN News

Garcia and Salvador, in an earlier interview, agreed that “The Killer Bride” marks the formation of a new love team, following their respective onscreen tandems.

Garcia has starred in 4 films and a teleserye with Julia Barretto, his former girlfriend, in just 3 years; while Salvador was paired with Elmo Magalona, her former boyfriend, in a TV series and 2 movies.

While Garcia and Salvador owe their popularity, in part, to “JoshLia” and “ElNella,” respectively, the two said getting paired with a different star will benefit their careers and contribute to their growth as actors.

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“This is the right time for us, and I’m happy,” Garcia previously said.

Garcia and Salvador noted that they had been given numerous projects meant to pair them, which ultimately would not push through, to give way to their more tested, respective love teams at the time.

Garcia and Salvador are both no longer attached to their onscreen partners. 

Garcia’s breakup with Barretto has been the subject of controversy in the last two months, while Salvador and Magalona have been separated for a year.