Kathryn teases Julia, "First kissing scene niya, tapos kinakabahan siya!"

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes (right frame) posed with Lino Cayetano, their director in Growing Up. The reunion was graced by Daniel Padilla (leftmost) and Diego Loyzaga (second from left), among others.



Mara Clara
stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes are reunited!

The two had a get-together with their Growing Up co-stars (and love team partners) Daniel Padilla and Diego Loyzaga.

Julia and Diego shared this through their Instagram accounts last April 22.

Growing Up director Lino Cayetano, executive producer Marissa Kalaw, and co-star Gerald Madrid were also present at the reunion.

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Julia also posted a photo with Kathryn together with Direk Lino.

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Diego and Daniel also posed for a photo with Direk Lino.


Their other Growing Up co-stars Maricar Reyes, Kiray Celis, Yen Santos, EJ Jallorina, and Neil Coleta were not present.

From being part of the kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit to playing younger versions of lead actors in various teleseryes, Kathryn and Julia eventually found their niche in drama. They were tapped to play the iconic title roles in the 2010 remake of Mara Clara.

Kathryn took on the role of Mara, first portrayed by Judy Ann Santos in the original version. Julia, on the other hand, portrayed Clara, played back then by Gladys Reyes.

Because of the teleserye's success, Kathryn and Julia were tapped to topbill the youth-oriented series Growing Up in September 2011, where they were paired with Daniel and Diego, respectively.



When the series finished its run on February 2012, Kathryn and Julia did separate projects. Kathryn did a string of box-office films and teleseryes with Daniel, while Julia established herself as a dramatic actress.

MAGANDANG BUHAY REUNION. Kathryn and Julia were together on television once again after five years when they guested in the April 17 episode of Magandang Buhay.

During Mara Clara, Kathryn and Julia clicked and became the best of friends because they were inseparable at that time.

Kathryn said, "Hindi ko in-expect na magiging ganun kami ka-close sa Mara Clara kasi noong Goin' Bulilit, hindi kami masyado close kasi noong pumasok ako, parang ilang months, grumaduate naman si Julia. Hindi ko inexpect na magki-click kami."

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The 21-year-old actress even described her team-up with Julia, "Kami yung original love team!

"Pag sa ASAP, magdu-duet kami. Tapos sa lahat, may endorsements kami before together, parang naging package kami for a time.

"Especially during Mara Clara na pag andun yung Julia, dapat andiyan si Kath. Pag nandiyan si Kath, dapat nandiyan si Juls."

In 2012, Kathryn and Julia started making their mark on showbiz as individuals.

At that time, Julia accepted a more mature role when she was paired with Coco Martin in Walang Hanggan.

Julia recalled how she would open up to Kathryn about her apprehensions during the first few months of the primetime soap.

"After ng nagkatabaho kami sa Growing Up, naging busy, meron pa rin kaming communication.

"Minsan nagsasabi ako sa kanya, grabe dito ako sa work na ganito, e, dati first time ko, Walang Hanggan.

"So first time ko magmature, nagkukuwento ako sa kanya, grabe ang hirap pala ng ganito."

Kathryn then teased Julia, "First kissing scene niya, tapos kinakabahan siya!"

For her part, Kathryn recealled how she adjusted when she parted ways with Julia.

"Hirap kasi imagine mo, magkasama kami almost a year yung Mara Clara, tapos pinaghiwalay kami ng project.

"Parang nahihiya ako sa iba kong kasama tapos magwa-warm up ka na naman.

"[Sabi ko], 'Juls, ang hirap pala dito, na-awkward ako mag-isa.'

"Nakakaproud naman kasi kahit magkaiba, si Julia ang dami na niyang nagawa ngayon and nandoon pa rin yung friendship."

Kathryn will return to television via the series La Luna Sangre with Daniel Padilla.

Julia currently topbills the Wansapanataym episode Annika Pintasera. She will be part of the Kapamilya teleserye Victims of Love, where she co-stars with Angelica Panganiban, Paulo Avelino, JC Santos, Cherry Pie Picache, and Lorna Tolentino.


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