Claudine Barretto had a ready answer when asked to choose who between her niece, Julia Barretto, and the latter’s contemporary, Julia Montes, she thinks is the better actress.
The Optimum star, 40, spoke on the topic when asked by a netizen on Instagram which Julia does she think is better skilled in acting.
“Miss Claudine, sino mas magaling na umarte as an actress, si Julia Barretto o si Julia Montes?” asked the user.
To which, Claudine replied: “JULIA MONTES, OF COURSE.”
Another user then asked the actress whether she answered Montes out of honesty or just to spite her own niece.
“Sweetheart BOTH,” replied Claudine.
Claudine considers Montes her younger sister after they became close in 2015, when the latter had just starred in the mystery-thriller film “Halik sa Hangin” opposite Gerald Anderson and JC de Vera.
In her birthday greeting for Montes in March 2018, Claudine described the younger actress as “a person who has a heart of gold.”
To my Baby sister Julia @montesjulia08 belated happy birthday sweetie.i hope na happy ka when i surprised u last night.thank u for always calling,texting me & showing me that u luv my kids & i.my prayer for u last night is the same prayer i pray for my kids.may u always be covered with the blood of jesus & may no weapon formed against u shall prosper.i thank God & u for being an Amazing Daughter,apo,Sister,friend,Actress.you are a person who has a heart of Gold.i pray that the world will know & can see the real you the way all of us know u.i will always always be your Ate & will always have your back.the Most important thing i luv about u is when we talk about our fans/friends the way u appreciate them & luv them even if u don’t know all of them is WONDERFUL & AMAZING Kaya naman as young as u r i look up to u.your family,friends & all the people who’s lives you have touched luv u even more.i luv u my 2nd Julia😘❤️🙏🎂🎉🎁🎈🥂🍾👯♀️🎂🎉 #happybirthdayjuliamontes @montesjulia08
“I will always, always be your ate & will always have your back. The most important thing I [love] about u is when we talk about our fans/friends. The way [you] appreciate them & [love] them even if [you] don’t know all of them is WONDERFUL & AMAZING, kaya naman as young as [you are], I look up to [you],” she said.
On the other hand, Claudine has long been estranged from the 22-year-old Barretto following a longstanding feud with her mother, Marjorie—the latest being the physical confrontation that took place at the wake of the Barretto clan’s patriarch, Miguel Alvir, which also involved another sister, Gretchen.