Instead of being affected by cyberbullying, Julia Barretto is channeling all the emotions for her role in ABS-CBN's upcoming fantaserye titled Mirabella.
The daughter of Marjorie Barretto is also unfazed by comments comparing her with her famous aunt, Claudine Barretto.
In the teaser of Mirabella, two sides of Julia is shown: as a young lady with markings etched on her face and another as a young beautiful lady with flawless skin.
How does she feel about being the lead star of this ABS-CBN show that will premiere by March 2014?
"I am excited, nervous, I'm feeling everything all at once. But mostly, excited ako kasi ang tagal ko na nga itong inantay.
"Since baguhan ako, everything is so new to me. Every taping day is a learning experience so I don't pressure myself to be good [right away].
"I'm allowing myself to improve. I'm giving myself time. It's my launching teleserye."
What is the most challenging part for her?
"Just playing Mirabella because I am playing two characters here. Kailangan mabigyan ko sila ng difference. That in itself is very challenging."
Is she bothered by comparisons with her aunt Claudine who is known for being part of popular teleseryes such as Marina and Mula Sa Puso?
"Normal naman siya siguro. For my side, I won't let it affect me because my tita has been in the industry for so many years," says the 16-year-old actress.
"You can't compare somebody who's been in the industry for many years to somebody who has just entered. So hindi talaga mako-compare 'yon."
What is her reaction to negative feedback from people regarding the decision of ABS-CBN to make her the lead star of Mirabella?
“Well, I think as a fan it’s normal to feel that way. Pero there’s also no need to say harsh words kasi tao rin naman ako.
“And also, hindi ko siya binibigyan ng pansin because may ibang tao na gustong-gusto yung casting.”
Will her Mirabella character be a target of bullying because of her appearance?
"Yes, siyempre with her appearance, may mang iinsulto sa kanya. May mga taong magpapababa ng self-esteem niya.
"Pero, di ba, it's good that I'm experiencing this in real life because I can put into my character.
"You'll see in the story how Mira faced these people."
How is she dealing with cyberbullying?
"Since they have easy access to bash you, they are trying to put you down through social media. Sa mga bagay na ito, hindi ako apektado. I think it's better that you give attention to those na sumusuporta sa iyo.
"[The bullying is online] but it's the same thing kasi nasasaktan ka. I want to inspire teenagers to handle it well, to fight for yourself and stand up for yourself. Huwag mo silang bigyan ng power to let you feel that way."