By MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE
MANILA, Philippines – Although a lot may appear to have changed in her life as a person, as a mother, and as a woman, the actress in Judy Ann Santos remains the same—determined and driven with a solid set of work ethics.
She is not deemed a superstar of her generation for nothing and she’s managed to be successful for so long—despite predictions that she would lose her luster after tying the knot and giving birth—because she takes every project with utmost commitment and passion. Whether she’s appearing in soap drama or a fantasy flick like her upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 entry “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako,” Juday goes all-out in effort every single time.
“Kahit naman noong dalaga ako, kung anuman ang kailangan sa eksena. At saka nakakahiya naman kung mag-iinarte ka pa eh, ginagawa nga nung dalawang bida, sino ka naman para mag-inarte, ‘di ba?” said she in an interview with Interaksyon.com posted on Nov. 3.
The 34-year-old award-winning actress is pertaining to box office giants Vic Sotto and actor-politician Bong Revilla, who both play the other leads in the film.
Juday has no qualms about doing difficult sequences even when she was younger when she even took on more physically challenging roles like the superhero “Krystala.” In fact, she has prepared herself mentally and physically for the challenge of playing a nymph in her upcoming movie.
“Simula pa lang, alam mo na ‘yung p’wede mong gawin. Alam mo na ‘yung proseso. Bago mo siya tanggapin alam mo na ‘yung role na magha-harness ka, may fight scenes. So, basically, na-anticipate mo na ‘yung moment kung ano ‘yung ipapagawa sa ‘yo,” she said.
The star of the upcoming soap “Against All Odds” is, of course, no stranger to the MMFF roster, having starred with real-life husband Ryan Agoncillo in the marital comedy “My Househusband” last year. She has also been the lead in MMFF top grossers “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” (2006) and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo” (2007). Still, Juday counts her entry this year as something really special.
She stressed to Intreraksiyon that her collaboration with Bong and Vic (it’s her second movie with the senator and her first project with Vic) is a both a privilege and an altogether distinct experience.
“Nakaka-tense pero at the same time, nakakatuwa naman nang bongga. Kasi, hindi ba, hindi naman lahat ng artista nabibigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng dalawang leading men na… parang pioneer na, in what they’re doing.
“Napakasuwerte ko na napasama sa kanila at napasama ako sa title role. So, it’s a chance of a lifetime,” said she.
Despite working with such big stars that tend to eclipse all others, Juday noted, “Alam mo wala akong pakialam sa exposure. Ang importante, kasama ako sa pelikula, tapos ang usapan.
According to her, it’s not about how long the camera is trained on you, but rather it’s about “how you deliver your role.”
“It’s how you do it at kung papa’no ka maging professional… Nasa sa iyo na ‘yun kung mapapansin ka o hindi. Kapag hindi ka napansin ng tao sa pelikula, ibig sabihin may mali sa ‘yo,” she said