Claudine Barretto doesn't want her niece Julia Barretto and love team partner Joshua Garcia to be tagged as "the next Rico Yan-Claudine Barretto."
The 38-year-old actress admitted this when she was asked by ABS-CBN News during the recently concluded Star Magic Ball 2017 last September 30 at Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City.
Claudine said, "Ako, ayaw ko talaga. Ayaw ko na sila yung next."
She said that with Julia's talent, her niece can surpass what she has achieved in the past.
The former Mula Sa Puso star explained, "Bilang pamangkin ko, I want na higitan pa niya yun sana.
"Given the right projects lang, she’s doing very well. Magaling siyang umarte. Naniniwala ako na kaya niya. Kaya nila."
The comparisons between the love teams of Joshua and Julia and Rico and Claudine began with the movie debut of JoshLia in Vince and Kath and James.
VKJ was part of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, and proved commercially successful.
There was one scene in VKJ where Joshua and Julia's characters reenact a scene from the 2002 movie Got 2 Believe, which had Claudine and Rico as its lead stars.
And last August, during the screening of JoshLia's movie, Love You To The Stars and Back, a photo of Joshua and Julia went viral which reminded fans of Claudine and Rico's heyday as a love team.
Some fans expressed their wish for Julia and Joshua to do a remake of Claudine and Rico's 1998 blockbuster film Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita.
Even Claudine herself suggested in a 2015 interview that Julia could do a modern adaptation of her film. Claudine was willing to play the lead character's liberated aunt, which was originally played by Jaclyn Jose.
Claudine said back then, "I told Direk Wenn [Deramas] and I told Tita Malou Santos, I want Julia to do the remake of Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita."
"And then ako si Jaclyn Jose, mas pinalakihan yung role."
The late Wenn Deramas was the acknowledged box-office director of his time. Malou Santos is the managing director of ABS-CBN's film production arm, Star Cinema.
DREAM CO-STARS. During her interview at the Star Magic Ball, Claudine revealed that she is set to have a comeback soon, but did not specify if this would be through a movie or a TV project.
When asked about the stars she would like to work with, Claudine named her niece Julia Barretto. She also mentioned Julia Montes and Arjo Atayde.