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Kathryn Bernardo says being compared to Judy Ann Santos is the best compliment she could receive

Mara Clara's Kathryn Bernardo reveals how fans how fans have likened her to her idol Judy Ann Santos.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

1/5/2011 8:33 AM
Kathryn Bernardo says being compared to Judy Ann Santos is the best compliment she could receive


Kathryn Bernardo said that her role as Mara in the primetime TV series Mara Clara has made her a recognizable figure. "Kilala ka na ng tao, kahit saan ka pumunta dahil 'lsquo;yon lagi kang pinapanood ng mga tao, nakakatuwa," she beamed. "Malaking tulong po talaga ang Mara Clara para makilala po ako." 'nbsp;

Kathryn said that while she receives a lot of compliments for her portrayal, the best ones for her are when fans of the first Mara Clara liken her to Judy Ann Santos, who originally portrayed Mara. "[Sinasabi nila] para kang si Judy Ann. Idol ko si Ms. Judai tapos, wow, hindi ako na-compare ng negative sa kanya, gaya ng sinabi nila ng ganon. Sobrang saya [ko] po."

So far, Kathryn said that she has not yet heard any criticism for her reprisal of Mara. The young actress had previously admitted that Judai'rsquo;s portrayal in the original series is a tough act to follow. "Wala pa po akong naririnig na negative pero kung meron, okay lang. Hindi ko naman po mapi-please ang lahat ng tao. Basta sa part ko ginagawa ko lang po 'lsquo;yung best ko." 'nbsp;

Kathryn also shared that her friendship with her co-star Julia Montes, who plays Clara, is going stronger, even if their characters have an intense hate-filled relationship. "Okay naman po. Everyday kaming nagkikita kaya 'lsquo;yung friendship namin lalo pang tumibay." Kathryn described Julia as down-to-earth, a trait that she likes the most about her co-star. "Sobrang humble n'rsquo;ya. 'lsquo;Yung compliment ko sa kanya [na magaling siya] hindi siya naniniwala ganyan, sobrang bait po niya," described Kathryn. 'nbsp;

The young actress also credits her veteran co-stars for helping her to improve on her craft. "Hindi naman po nila ako pinapabayaan. Sina Miss Gina (Pare'ntilde;o), Tita Mylene (Dizon), tinutulungan po nila akong mag-motivate. Sila talaga 'lsquo;yung nagsasabi kailangan mo pang galingan."

She also named Mylene, who plays her mother in the show, as the co-star who really motivates her to act better. "Sobrang mommy siya sa set. 'lsquo;Uy 'lsquo;yung camera mo hanapin mo, tapos straight body ka.'rsquo; Kahit po off-cam talagang inaalagaan niya ako."