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Judy Ann Santos hopes Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes won't be compared to other big stars

Judy Ann Santos says she would be very happy to do a project with the new 'Mara Clara' stars.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

8/13/2011 1:50 AM
Judy Ann Santos hopes Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes won't be compared to other big stars


081311-juday-main.jpgAfter starring in the top-rating teleserye Mara Clara and the upcoming movie entitled Way Back Home, Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes are now being dubbed as the next big dramatic stars of this generation. As early as now, the two are predicted to likely follow in the footsteps of Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto. Push.com.ph had the chance to ask Judy Ann for a comment during the press conference of her new show in ABS-CBN entitled Junior MasterChef: Pinoy Edition, and she said, “Napapanood ko naman sila. Nakakapanood pa naman ako ng TV. Hindi ko naman in-alienate ang sarili ko sa panonood ng teleserye. Napapanood ko sina Kathryn and Julia at nakikita kong malaki ang potential nila na maging mga big stars in the future. With little steps they will get there.”

However, Judy Ann explained that she thinks it would be best if Kathryn and Julia will be allowed to establish their own names rather than to always be compared to either her or Claudine. “But I think para naman maging fair, bigyan natin sila ng sarili nilang pangalan. Pinaghihirapan din naman nila nang matindi ‘yun. Nakikita ko kung gaano sila kasipag. Unfair naman na ikinukumpara lang sila sa amin ni Claudine. Iba naman ang generation nila sa generation namin.”

The original Mara added that constant comparison will only put pressure on Kathryn and Julia which will not be helpful in their growth as actresses. “Bigyan natin sila ng chance na ipakita ang mga sarili nilang kakayahan. Huwag muna natin silang ikumpara sa amin o kung kanino pa kasi parang pinuputol mo na agad ‘yung diskarte nila bilang artista. May sarili silang diskarte, style sa pag-arte. May iba pa silang pwedeng i-offer sa mga tao. Nagsisimula pa sila. Marami pa silang gagawing pelikula. I believe they can establish their own names.”

Judy Ann shared that she would love to work with the two, for as long as she won’t play their mother on screen. “Okay sa akin ang mother roles basta ‘wag lang sila ang magiging anak ko. Ha ha ha! Hindi naman sa ayaw ko silang makatrabaho. Gustong gusto ko silang makatrabaho. Kung mangyari man ‘yun magiging masaya ako. Pero masyado naman akong magiging matanda kung sila ang anak ko.”

The 32-year-old actress is married to TV host/actor Ryan Agoncillo and they have two kids, Yohan and Lucho. Judy Ann explained that since she already has children in real life she doesn’t have any problem accepting mother roles. “Bakit ko naman hindian ang mga mother roles? Mother naman na talaga ako sa tunay na buhay. Kung ang kwento naman ay makatarungang nanganak ako ng maagang edad, okay lang. Kung dapat nanganak ako na six years old, e ‘di ipakitang ganun. Ha ha ha!

For now Judy Ann said she will be a mother to the young contestants of Junior Master Chef. Aside from hosting the show, she also experienced comforting the kiddie cooks whenever the tension of the competition is on. “Automatic na yata ‘yung pagkapanganak mo magiging malambot na ‘yung puso mo pagdating sa mga bata. I love talking to kids kasi hindi lang sila ang natututo, ako rin may natututunan sa kanila. May mga sinasabi at ginagawa ang mga bata na minsan maiisip mo, ‘Bakit nga ba hindi ganun ang ginawa ko?’ They’re very innocent and raw. Ang sarap nilang kausap at turuan.”

As a culinary arts graduate herself, Judy Ann expressed her amazement with the skills shown by the kids in the various cooking challenges done on JMC. “Mahuhusay talaga sila. Hindi ko sinasabi ito para mag-promote lang. Bawat challenge na ibinibigay namin sa kanila nagagawa nila kaya pahirap nang pahirap ang trabaho namin bilang mga judges.