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Judy Ann Santos admits she has many demands before she accepts her next TV acting project

Judy Ann Santos says that because of motherhood, there will be a lot of restrictions when she returns to acting.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

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5/12/2011 8:46 AM
Judy Ann Santos admits she has many demands before she accepts her next TV acting project


051211-juday_main.jpgAfter being away from showbiz for eight months to fulfill her domestic duties, Judy Ann Santos will soon return to the limelight via the reality-based cooking show for kids, Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition. The Teleserye Queen, who also has a degree in Culinary Arts, said that she is excited but also nervous about the project because it will be her first-ever full-fledged hosting job.

Apart from the cooking show, Juday explained that it might take a while before she will return to acting. Since she concentrated on being a mom to Yohan and Lucho for many months, Juday said that she needs to be prepared with being away from her kids. “Nagre-ready pa ako hindi ko pa kaya matagal mahiwalay sa mga bagets ko kasi nasanay ako for eight months na sila lang nakikita ko, kami lang ang magkakasama,” Juday shared.

She revealed that she was already in talks with her home network regarding her acting comeback on TV. “May mga usapan pero nag-iisip pa rin kami ng magandang storya kasi parang lahat na rin ng ginagawa ngayon kung ‘di remake, kagaya sa ibang bansa or mag-ina na nahiwalay o magkapatid sa ending. I want a story that’s refreshing na hindi pa talaga napapanood ng ganong storya.”

She pointed out also that there will be adjustments in her working habits in favor of her duties as a wife and a mother. “Pag nag-start ka na uli mag-taping may mga restrictions ng time, location, kasi siguro… ako lang… maarte ako. Inaamin ko po maarte akong ina. Marami akong demands pagdating sa anak ko.” This is why she is grateful to ABS-CBN management because they are understanding about her demands. “What’s good with ABS-CBN is that they are more than willing to wait and they really respect my decision.”

She said that one good thing about her hosting stint is that it does not require too much of her time, unlike with an acting project. “Nami-miss kong umarte pero ‘di ko ata [makakayanang] malayo sa mga anak ko.” Judy Ann also said she needs to shed the extra pounds before she can return to acting.

She revealed though that she might do a movie this year with Coco Martin, which Judai said she can accommodate because the schedule won’t be as gruelling as with a teleserye.  “I think that’s enough for the whole year. Next year pag-uusapan ulit kung ano pwede pa magawa. ‘Pag bumalik na ako sa teleserye, dire-direto na ‘yan, so mahirap ‘pag wala ka do’n sa bahay.”

She also pointed out that she won't do sexy scenes. “Hindi na ata makikita ‘yan ako kasi ‘di ko pa nakikita eh, hinihintay ko pang dumating sa akin. Hindi ko na ata kaya,” she joked. Judy Ann's most daring role to date is 2004’s Sabel. “‘Yun na ‘yung ginawa ko. After non ‘di na uli ako nangahas. Nung pinanood ko kasi ‘yon, ‘Anong nangyari?! Anong ginagawa mo Juday?!’ Pero okay lang naka-Urian [Award as Best Actress] naman ako so bayad na bayad naman ang ginawa ko,” she recalled fondly.

For her birthday on May 11, Judy Ann and her family went on an out-of-town trip, which what they always do on her birthday. “’Pag birthday talagang naga-out-of-town talaga kami. One reason din para sa family to bond and to leave Manila for a short time. ‘Yung birthday ko tatapat siya ng ilang weeks na lang pasukan na naman [so] moment din namin kay Yohan (her daughter) ‘yon na ma-enjoy namin siya and si Ryan [para] makapagbakasyong ng konti sa trabaho niya kasi everyday ang trabaho niya.