Julia Montes was likened to the fairy-tale character Cinderella at the press launch of Comfit, a women’s footwear brand that the young actress endorses, last Thursday night, August 8.
Has she found the prince charming to put on her missing shoe yet?
The 18-year-old actress laughed off the question and told the media, “Yun ang hinahanap [ko] pa. Wala pa nga akong guy na magbibigay ng perfect shoe!”
Actors Coco Martin, Julia’s former Walang Hanggan co-star, and Enchong Dee, Julia’s ex-boyfriend, are the top-of-mind candidates, naturally.
But these days, however, it is Julia’s Muling Buksan Ang Puso leading man Enrique Gil who could be playing the prince charming in the young actress’ life.
On screen, Julia and Enrique, who star as Sarah and Francis in the primetime teleserye, display a noticeable chemistry—something that the young actress is happy about.
“Yun naman po yung goal talaga namin at first… na ma-feel talaga nila yung character namin, [na] talagang tatagos sa tao.”
As the conflict between Sarah and Enrique’s families in the soap are heating up, so are their characters becoming closer to each other, giving them space to develop feelings for each other.
Is this also the case with Julia and Enrique when the cameras are not rolling?
When asked what the real score is between her and her leading man, Julia replied, “Guwapo siya!
“Para siyang prinsipe pero ewan ko kung siya na yung perfect one.”
To the actress, the "perfect one" doesn’t have to possess good looks or an impressive personality.
Julia, in the first place, said she doesn’t trust “first impressions.”
“It’s not about the looks, it’s not about the personality lang.
“Marami akong hinahanap, [like] kung paano sila sa family.”
She added, “Hindi God-fearing [but] God-loving ang hinahanap ko.”
“DIVERTING ATTENTION.” Julia admitted during the interview that she and Enrique have gotten to know each other more in Muling Buksan Ang Puso than in their previous show, the teen music-reality program Shoutout! (2010).
“Kung titingnan mo siya, parang batang-bata lang na yung typical na ma-party.
“Pero when you get to know him, iba siya. Malalim din siyang tao,” Julia told about Enrique.
Asked on the spot if the young actor is making a move to woo her, Julia, smiling, replied, “Hindi ko alam kung move yun bilang Enrique o Francis.”
She has no clue, she said.
Does she personally feel that he is making an effort?
“Hindi ko alam kung tama yung napi-feel ko!” the young actress chuckled.
“Gaya po ng lagi kong sinasabi, wala namang kinu-close.
“Basta ngayon lang, [I’m] happy sa work and enjoy muna. Go with the flow.”
Julia assured the press some more that she and Enrique are nothing more than co-stars and close friends for now.
“Boyfriend ko ang work ko,” Julia said.
She stressed that there is a conscious effort on her part to stay focused on work.
“I can say na conscious talaga akong i-divert yung attention ko.
“Ako kasi yung tipo ng tao na pag pumasok ako sa isang bagay, all out ako.
“Iba ako pumasok sa isang plano o kung anong gusto kong mangyari.”