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Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes say they will not be copycats of the original Mara Clara

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes talk about what original 'Mara Clara' teleserye stars Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes told them.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

10/21/2010 8:30 AM
Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes say they will not be copycats of the original Mara Clara


Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes are ready to grace primetime television beginning October 25 as the new title characters of the ABS-CBN teleserye Mara Clara. The drama is based on the 'lsquo;90s series that starred Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes in the title roles. During the press conference of the new Mara Clara, Kathryn and Julia talked about meeting Judy Ann and Gladys. "Before po kami mag-taping na meet ko na sina Ms. Judy Ann and Ms. Gladys. Nagbigay po sila sa amin ng ilang advice. Sabi nila galingan namin sa bawat eksena kasi napakalaking project nito na ipinagkatiwala sa amin. Sobrang bait nila sa amin," shared Kathryn. According to Julia, the most important tip they got from the original Mara and Clara is not to be just copycats. "Ang pinakaimportanteng sinabi nila sa amin is hindi naman talaga namin sila kailangang eksaktong gayahin. Gawin namin siya as original na sa amin."

Kathryn looks up to Judy Ann as her acting idol, that'rsquo;s why she admits feeling the pressure as she takes on the role originally done by the Young Superstar. "Idol ko po si Ms. Judy Ann and alam po natin na talagang napakagaling. Nakaka-pressure na kailangan kong tapatan 'lsquo;yung galing niya para hindi naman masira 'lsquo;yung pangalan ng Mara Clara."

Julia also talked about the challenge of reaching the high ratings of the first Mara Clara which ran for five years. "Goal namin talaga na ma-achieve 'lsquo;yung level ng success ng original Mara Clara. Kaya patuloy kami sa pagdadasal at minamahal lang namin 'lsquo;yung trabaho namin para maging maganda para sa aming lahat."

Opposite of their roles as Mara and Clara, Kathryn and Julia are good friends in real life, dating back when they were just child stars on Goin'rsquo; Bulilit. "Since Goin'rsquo; Bulilit kami na 'lsquo;yung magkasama. Ako na 'lsquo;yung Ate niya, pero ngayon kontrabida na ako ni Kathryn. Wala pong kumpetisyon. Nasabihan po kami na wala dapat ganun. Tulungan lang sa ikakagaganda ng show."

Since they already feel comfortable with one another, Kathryn and Julia would make it a point to talk and prepare whenever they would do a physical scene. "Bago pa man mag take nagso-sorry na kami sa isa'rsquo;t isa. Talagang pinaghahandaan namin 'lsquo;yung eksena, kung paano gagawin, ang position, para hindi siya maging masyadong masakit."

As the new primetime villainess, Julia said she is not afraid if she will be typecast in kontrabida roles. "Hindi naman po ako natatakot kung ma-typecast man ako sa kontrabida roles. Kung magkaganun man siguro bahala na ang management kung sa tingin nila bagay talaga ako sa ganung roles at kung gusto rin ng mga tao."