Mara Clara stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes recently signed contracts with Star Cinema, formalizing the plan to launch the two young stars on the big screen. The film project includes Kathryn’s Mara Clara leading man Albie Casiño. AJ Perez was supposed to be paired with Julia, until a tragic accident claimed the life of the young actor last April 17.
During the contract signing, Julia expressed her sadness over AJ’s passing and her regret about losing the chance to be working with him. “Nakakalungkot talaga na hindi na namin siya makaka-work. Alam nating lahat na magaling siyang aktor. Napanood ko ‘yung huli niyang MMK. Talagang napatunayan niya ‘yung galing niya sa pag-arte. Nanghihinayang ako na hindi na matutuloy ‘yung love team namin.”
Push.com.ph had earlier interviewed AJ during the story conference for the movie project and when asked who between Kathryn and Julia did he find more attractive, the young actor said, “Sa kanilang dalawa? Si Kathryn kasi sobrang mas bata sa akin. Siguro I’ll just go for Julia.” AJ had added that he gets attracted to mestiza girls just like Julia.
When told about this, Julia felt very flattered. “Well, of course, nakaka-flatter naman na manggaling ‘yun sa isang AJ Perez.” The young actress shared that prior to the accident, she and AJ, together with Kathryn and Albie, would text each other about their plans to go out. “Nagkaka-BBM kami minsan. Kamustahan tungkol dun sa gagawin naming movie. Plano na talaga naming apat na lumabas at mag-bonding to prepare sa movie. Lahat kami excited na talaga mag-shooting. Kaya lang nangyari na nga. Kaya sobra kaming nalungkot na nangyari ‘yung aksidente.”
As for their upcoming movie, who does Julia think can play her leading man? “Madami kasing magagaling na young stars, ‘yung ka-edad ko. Wala akong masyadong maisip. Sayang nga talaga si AJ. Kung sino na lang ‘yung mapili ng ABS-CBN. Konti lang kaming magkaka-edad sa ngayon. Siguro kung edad ang pagbabasihan, siguro si Sam Concepcion.”
Now that Kathryn and Julia are about to cross over from TV to the big screen, the two confessed that they are feeling pressured over the responsibility of commanding a box office hit. Julia explained, “May pressure talaga kasi iba ang teleserye sa movie. Ipinagpe-pray na lang namin na ‘yung mga tumangkilik sa amin sa Mara Clara, suportahan pa rin kami kapag lumabas na ‘yung movie namin.”