Despite her superstar status at such a very young age, Julia Montes still knows how to respect her management’s decisions. There have been speculations that her recently launched soap Muling Buksan Ang Puso with Enrique Gil and Enchong Dee would be moved to a new timeslot due to the upcoming soap Got to Believe of returning hot love team Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
“On that part po kasi wala po talaga kaming alam sa timeslot basta ang alam namin papasok sila Kathryn anytime,” said Julia in an interview with Push and other members of the press during her launch as the brand new ambassador of locally-owned company Comfit on August 8 at the 55 Events Place.
With this rumor, Julia is seemingly being pitted once again against Kathryn, an incident which started in 2010 when they reprised the role of Clara and Mara, respectively, on the remake of the acclaimed soap Mara Clara.
Although she confessed that the pressure to prove herself has become an ever-present feeling in her career, she said she and Kathryn are not out to compete with each other. She shared, “Sa part namin ni Kathryn kahit anong push sa amin ng tao wala kasi sa amin yun kaya hindi rin ako napre-pressure na, ‘Nako mamaya may something na sa amin ni Kathryn.’ Kasi talagang okay na okay kami at super supportive kami sa isa’t-isa. And I’m happy for her na anytime soon eh papasok na rin siya.”
She also has no qualms if their soap would be moved to another timeslot. “…Basta ang mahalaga po eh yung sumusuporta sa amin eh sa timeslot na bago eh sumuporta pa rin po,” the 18-year-old actress reiterated.
Julia had answered questions that the Judy Ann Santos-starrer Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala was moved to a later airing time because their soap came in. “Ayun po wala po talaga kaming alam, pag nag-start naman po kami ang alam lang po naming ay ang airing hindi po talaga namin alam kung ano po yung timeslot. Yung management talaga ang may alam nun,” she explained. Julia said that they were only informed of such timeslot changes on the day of implementation itself.
Meanwhile, one intense scene from the soap between Julia and antagonist Cherie Gil last week has stirred the audience quite a lot. “Ang problema kasi sa akin kapag umiiyak ako hirap akong mag snap out na para bang ang sakit sakit talaga sa puso. So nung umiiyak ako akala niya sobra niya akong nasaktan. Sabi ko, ‘No, no umiiyak lang po talaga ako kapag sa ibang eksena,’” Julia recounted.
But the fans seemed to have taken the scene way too seriously that they actually barraged Cherie with hate tweets. “Actually ang cute ni Tita Cherie [Gil], kasi sabi niya, ‘Pag gising ko nalungkot ako kasi ang dami kong hate tweets.’ Sabi ko ‘Wag po kayong magalala, iki-clear ko po yan,’” she said of her conversation with the seasoned kontrabida.
To quash whatever animosity her fans were feeling against Marrieta, the character portrayed by Cherie, Julia posted on her Instagram account a photo of her and the actress hugging each other a week ago. “Maybe you hate her as MARIETTA. Pero napakabait at lovable ni tita @macherieamour ... and regarding sa scene she didn't hurt me ... She's just a brilliant actress,” the caption read, with the hashtags “#idol” and “#inspiration” at the end.