Julia Barretto picks Claudine Barretto over Gretchen when it comes to career path

Julia Barretto will not shoot kissing scenes with Mira Bella leading men Enrique Gil (left) and Sam Concepcion (right).



Julia Barretto says she is scared for the outcome of Mira Bella, her first primetime teleserye on ABS-CBN that will begin airing on March 24.

"I'm scared in the sense na magre-rate ba ito? Magugustuhan ba ng tao ang kuwento? Masa-satisfy ba sila?

"You don't know what's gonna happen when it airs so I'm scared."

The 17-year-old actress said this during the March 18 press conference held at the ABS-CBN compound.

Direk Erick Salud pointed out that the young actress is under a lot of pressure because of her lineage. Julia has Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla as her parents while Gretchen Barretto and Claudine Barretto are her aunts.

"Ang taas-taas ng expectations sa kanya because she's a Barretto. Julia can never be her Titas Claudine and Gretchen Barretto but she will be, in time, Julia Barretto.

When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Julia how she would differentiate herself from her aunts, she answered, "I'm still figuring it out but there are so many differences between my aunts and I. I'll just be myself and figure it out."

Did she shoot kissing scenes with her leading men Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion?

"Bawal pa po! Kaka-17 ko lang po," said the actress who celebrated her birthday last March 10.

In the series, Julia's character Mira Bella is cursed, causing her to have an unusual look. She spends around two hours to achieve the wood-like complexion of her character Mira Bella. She is often bullied in school but she develops a close bond with the characters played by Enrique and Sam.

How would her leading men describe Julia?

Enrique said, "Sweetheart talaga siya. Parang maiisip mo, wala talaga siyang kaaway sa mundo. Napaka bubbly, masayahin, laging naka-smile. Yung dimples niya laging nakalabas. Masayahing tao talaga."

Sam added, "Sobrang kulit. Julia is such a lighthearted person and it's such a pleasure to work with her."



CLAUDINE OVER GRETCHEN. Julia says she misses her Tita Claudine Barretto whom she has not seen in a long time.

When asked to choose whose career path she wants to emulate, Julia picked that of her Tita Claudine.

"I'm such a fan of my Tita Claudine's projects and ang ganda ng mga teleserye niya at movies niya. That's the kind of path I want to go through.

"My Tita Gretchen, we all know she's fabulous! And just the way she treats work, kahit pagod ka na, she still works hard. She's very generous and very mabait.

"My favorite thing about her is that she is very religious. Mahilig siyang magdasal and that is the greatest power."

When asked to cite her favorite project of her aunt Claudine, Julia answered, "My favorite was Marina," referring to the fantaserye wherein she played a mermaid.

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