After being in showbiz for over 20 years, Judy Ann Santos remains one of the most bankable stars in Philippine television. In an exclusive interview with Push.com.ph, the Queen of Teleseryes shared what she thinks is the reason behind her staying power in show business. “Siguro the key is just to be honest on what you want, kung ano ‘yung pinaninindigan mo, kung ano ‘yung pinaniniwalaan mo,” she remarked.
The actress added that in order to produce quality work, you need to be honest enough with management and with your co-workers. “Feeling ko pag naging honest ka naman sa kanila at na explain mo ng maayos kung ano ‘yung gusto mong mangyari, iintindihin ka naman nila eh. Kaysa don sa hindi ka naging tapat sa kanila, tapos parang niloko mo lang sila, may inis factor, so you might explain kung bakit, maiintidihan naman nila,” she said.
With so many stars today, Judy shared her advice on how to make it in the industry. “Just give respect to everybody, to all your works, to all your projects. Respect talaga ang magiging susi mo para magstay ka dito. Kasi ‘yung mga taong nakatrabaho mo, ‘yun din ‘yung mag-proprotect sa ’yo along the way,” she relayed.
As she gears up for her new teleserye Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, Judy Ann is happy to know that a lot of people are anticipating her comeback. “It makes me smile. It’s flattering pero it makes me nervous din naman. Kasi parang ang tagal mong nawala tapos nakakatuwa lang isipin na kahit na nawala ka may naghihintay pa rin sa ’yo. So parang tama naman ‘yung desisyon ko pala,” she commented.
Now that she’s a mother, the actress sees to it that she commits her self to projects that will make her children proud of her. “Siyempre you want to do projects na you can show to your kids. And eventually your kids will be able to watch it ‘yung magiging proud naman sila sa mga ginawa mong project. One reason why I choose projects that I do now, it’s really because it’s more of quality than quantity,” she said.
On the lessons that she learned in portraying her new role in Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, the actress relayed, “It’s really respect for everyone, how to defend yourself and how to actually tell your husband na wala namang hindi nakukuha sa hindi magandang usapan. And really ang pagbubuhat ng kamay sa isang tao ‘yun talaga ‘yung nakakatanggal ng respeto sa isang relationship.”