Julia Montes on ex-boyfriend Enchong Dee: "Parang tropa kami..."; says ex-screen partner Coco Martin remains her adviser

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Julia Montes on her role in Muling Buksan Ang Puso: “Mas age bracket ko yung gagampanan ko ngayon…”


Her breakthrough role was Clara, who made Mara’s life miserable, in 2010. Almost three years later, Julia Montes has been able to turn the tide.

In an interview held earlier, May 30, she told the press: “Hindi ko po ini-expect after what happened before sa Walang Hanggan, then after, nasundan, so super blessed.

“Mahirap i-explain kung gaano ako kasaya pero yun, super blessed.”

In her upcoming project Muling Buksan Ang Puso, she will once again play the female lead.

She began, “Bida po. Pero bidang palaban.”

Her new character, she said, reminds her of Mara, which was played by Kathryn Bernardo in the series’ 2010 remake.

The Filipino-German actress described, “I-set aside natin yung Julia sa TV. Mara siya in real life kasi parang… parang hindi muna siya lalaban pero kapag nagkamali ka ng… kumbaga yung term na nakanti, ay lalaban ako, so, ganun yung character ko.”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked: Is playing bida roles going to be her career path from now on?

Julia replied with a shy smile, “Ang sabi po ng ABS-CBN ganun… Pero happy nga po ako dahil napagkakatiwalaan ako sa mga ganung roles, and ang dami-dami naming teenagers na puwedeng bigyan ng ganung role na matured na, na puwedeng bida-kontrabida.

“Super blessed, super happy lang talaga!”

But she doesn't want to be complacent; she doesn't want to feel pressured either.

The 18-year-old Star Magic talent answered, “Ako, ang lagi ko lang pong mindset, as long na ginagawa ko yung work ko nang tama, mas binubutihan ko pa every time, siguro hindi naman po ako dapat matakot.

“And yun nga, mas confident ako na parang every time, alam ko sa sarili ko na ginagawa ko yung best ko.”



LOVE LIFE. The topic shifted to the two men who were linked to her.

First, the name of her ex-boyfriend Enchong Dee.

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How are they now?

It will be recalled that early this year, Julia admitted that she and Enchong were not on speaking terms.

Julia cut in, “Gaya ng lagi naming sinasabi wala namang nawala dahil naging awkward…

“Inamin naman namin naging awkward kasi, yung communication, nawala.

“Pero ngayon, okay naman kami. Kumbaga naibalik naman yung hi-hellos… parang tropa kami magkuwento…

“Okay naman.”

How about the real score with Coco Martin, her screen partner in the series Walang Hanggan and the film A Moment In Time?

“Sobrang busy rin namin, alam mo yun… Busy rin naman siya sa JDC [Juan dela Cruz].

"Bilang mataas ang rating niya, so siyempre, yung bonding, unlike before halos every week kaming magkasama dahil sa schedule, hindi na tulad ng dati.

“Pero okay kami.”

The Buzz reporter Mash Zapanta asked: Wasn’t he supposed to court you when you turn 18?

Smiling, Julia said, “Hindi naman ako yung nililigawan, si Lola pa rin, e… Si Lola, si Lola yung nililigawan niya.”

So recently, Coco has not sent her any bouquet of flowers?

“Wala naman. Wala namang occasion para magpadala.”

But has Lola Flory given her the go-signal to be in a relationship?

The young actress' reply: “Hindi ko pa natatanong si Lola about those.”

But she assured the Julia-Coco fans, “May communication pa rin. Hindi naman tumigil. Yun lang, sobrang busy lang talaga.”

And even if she’s not presently the leading lady of Coco, “Hindi siya nagbago,” said Julia.

“…Like ngayon sa upcoming [series] ko, may mga advice pa rin siya.

“And hindi naman siya yung tipong porke’t nakatrabaho ko lang siya before, ngayon, wala na.

“Meron pa rin siyang advice. Kung ano siya noon, ganun pa rin naman siya ngayon.”

When the media made a comment about her “blooming” beauty, she quipped, “Sa contact lens siguro.”

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The latest addition to her list of endorsements, by the way, was Fresh Look contact lens.

Last week, her fans campaigned for her nomination as Teen Star of the Year for the first quarter of PEPsters’ Choice on Twitter, where it trended.

Her eyes lit up on learning about what happened. And then she thanked all the people who have been supporting and voting for her.

“Sa mga fans na sumusuporta sa ‘kin, unang-una talaga since Mara Clara pa lang, hindi ko akalaing magkakaroon ako ng supporters bilang kontrabida nga ako pero super thankful and big part sila kung nasaan ako ngayon.

“And happy ako kasi naka-suporta sila and naniniwala sila sa kakayahan ko.

“So, lahat ng mga natatanggap kong achievements, para sa kanila yun. And lahat nung mga opportunity na binibigay sa akin, sila yung inspiration ko.”


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