After successfully portraying Mara in ABS-CBN’s remake of Mara Clara, Kathryn Bernardo is reportedly being considered to reprise another character originally portrayed by Judy Ann Santos—the upcoming remake of Esperanza.
When asked for her reaction, Kathryn was visibly excited during the thanksgiving presscon of Mara Clara held yesterday, May 25, at the 9501 restaurant in the ABS-CBN compound.
"Kung sakaling ibigay po sa akin ang Esperanza, sobrang laking project po nun lalo. Wow!
"Siyempre, sobrang saya ko po kung makukuha ko po ang role na yun," she gushed.
But she clarified that there has been no formal offer for her to do the role.
Kathryn reiterated, "Kung sa ’kin nila ibibigay, sobrang thankful po."
Is Kathryn willing to have her career patterned after Judy Ann Santos?
The 15-year-old actress pointed out, "Okay lang naman po ma-pattern parang si Ms. Judy Ann Santos, kasi siya po ang Queen of All Teleseryes.
"Pero gusto ko rin po sanang gumawa ng sarili kong image. At hindi lang po puro younger version ni Ms. Judy Ann Santos.
"Okay lang naman po kasi alam ko lahat ng projects ni Ms. Judy Ann, sobrang ganda naman po."
FINALE WEEK OF MARA CLARA. The hit show Mara Clara will air its finale by June 3.
Kathryn expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped them achieve a successful run.
"Mixed emotions po kasi close na po kami ng staff.
"Pero at the same time, masaya po kami na natapos na namin ang Mara Clara na maganda ang kinalabasan ang lahat ng pinagpaguran namin.
Julia Montes, her co-star, added, "Masaya po kasi nakabuo kami ng bagong pamilya at friends. Masaya rin po kasi maganda ang feedback ng tao."
Do they feel that they were able to match the expectations of people considering that the original series starred Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes?
Kathryn answered, "Hindi po namin masasabi na napantayan namin ang level ng Mara Clara noon, kasi siyempre, dun po nag-originate yun.
"Ayaw namin angkinin ang show, pero sila po ang naging inspiration namin para galingan sa Mara Clara."
Julia agreed by saying, "Sila po ang naging inspirasyon namin sa show.
"Gaya po ng nangyari sa kanila, yun din po ang naging way para mapakita namin ang talent namin.
"Sila po talaga ang ina-idolize namin."
One of the most talked about scenes in the show was when Jhong Hilario’s character beat Kathryn up.
Kathryn narrated, "Nagso-sorry po talaga si Kuya Jhong at pag ganyang mga scenes, sobrang maalalay siya talaga sa amin.
"Pag may sampalan, ilang beses niya pina-practice para hindi kami masaktan.
"Talagang inaalagaan niya kami."
ON THEIR UPCOMING FILM. Kathryn and Julia will portray sisters in an upcoming movie, which will be directed by Jerry Sineneng.
They say that the movie will focus on family conflicts.
Kathryn will still be paired with Albie while Julia’s love interest will be Sam Concepcion.
Is Kathryn willing to do a kissing scene with Albie for this movie?
"Natutuwa ako na sinuportahan ng mga tao ang love team namin ni Albie.
"Pero first kiss...bawal pa rin po sa amin kaya hindi ko pa naiisip yun.
"Bawal pa ang ganyan sa movie namin."
Does Kathryn believe that she and her co-stars can already headline their own movie?
"Kinakabahan po ako," she admits.
"Actually, sa first shooting day ko hindi ko alam kung gaano ako kakabahan kasi iba raw po talaga pag movies.
"Doble po ang pressure sa amin."
What is her reaction to the fact that Diego Loyzaga is not included in their upcoming film?
"Siguro po si Diego, school muna ang priority niya.
"Pero hindi naman po siya mag-i-stop sa pag-arte.
"Gusto siguro niya tapusin ang goal niya na regular schooling."
Aside from working on their movie, Kathryn, Julia, and Albie will also be appearing in ABS-CBN’s mini-series Your Song.
Kathryn will be in her fourth year of high school this coming June.
She says that she is thinking about studying Advertising or Mass Communication in college.