Julia admits she was culture-shocked at first in doing wife and mother roles.
Actress Julia Montes shared her thoughts on doing mature roles, her friendship with Kathryn Bernardo and practicality in life to Tapatan ni Tunying
’s Anthony Taberna.
The 19-year-old star of the horror-romance film, Halik sa Hangin, denied she’s going the sexy route. “Hindi po. Kaya siguro nasasabi lang yun kasi matured yung nabibigay sa’king role pero sabi ko nga, role lang naman po yun. Iba naman yun sa totoo at saka yung role as a character.” Further, she said that is not considering posing for any men’s magazine either.
Doing mature roles at a young age, Julie admitted getting culture-shocked at first, considering that after her teeny-bopper roles in Growing Up and Mara Clara, she did the role of a wife, and then a mother. However, she admitted enjoying the transition for it was challenging. She said she would ask a lot about the roles she has not experienced yet.
When asked if there is a person she owes a lot to in show business, she answered, “Siguro pag talagang general, Dreamscape at Star Magic yung dalawa yan. Pero pag pinaka siguro, si Coco (Martin).” Julia shared that the actor coached her a lot during their first project together. “Kasi sa Walang Hanggan, 17 ako that time tapos hindi ko talaga alam siyempre kung papano gagalaw, kung paano maging office girl so sabi ko, paano ba ‘to. Nakatutok talaga siya.” Denying that she and Coco became a couple, Julia said that they are just super close.
Julia also recalled the time she was discovered. She and her grandmother were just walking by a railway station near Pandacan when somebody approached her and asked her to do VTRs. She remembered getting excited whenever she would land a role, thinking that she will have income for her and her grandmother. Both of Julia’s parents are deaf and mute. She was only an infant when her mom separated from her German father. She admitted looking for him but right now, “Ngayon siguro, ano lang, relax muna. Hindi ko na muna siya finocus. Kung ano yung naging trials before, pinagpapasalamat ko na rin siya ngayon.”
Julia said that her role as Clara in the teleserye remake, Mara Clara
changed her life, as well as co-star, Kathryn Bernardo’s. “Dun kami nagstart. Siyempre, nung nagsisimula kami, hindi namin alam kung after ba ng Goin’ Bulilit, pano na tayo? Ano bang mangyayari sa ’tin kasi awkward stage? Pero yun nga, dumating yung opportunity na Mara Clara so talagang totally nabago niya talaga yung buhay namin.”
Speaking of Kathryn, Julia said that they are still very good friends. “Yes po. Kami yung magbest friend na hindi kailangan everyday mag-usap. Pero pag nagkita kami, as if alam namin bawat detalye sa bawat isa’t isa.”
Julia revealed that her greatest investment was the house she built for her family when she was just 17 years old. She also admitted that she is the practical type of person. “May mga teenagers na nakikiuso or parang pag may bagong bag, bibilin. Medyo wala po ako sa point na ganon. Lagi kong iniisip kailangan sa school ng kapatid ko, yung monthly bills. ‘Yun yung in a way, parang nagiging hobby ko na nga kasi maya’t maya, naglilista ako ng gastusin. Ang lagi ko lang iniisip, hindi forever ang pag-aartista na kailangan after nito, may natabi ako para rin sa future ng pamilya ko.”