Actress Julia Barretto was never a stranger to the spotlight. With a beatific face and a showbiz upbringing that only a member of the Barretto brood can claim, it’s hard to imagine that she won’t follow the path of the generation before her. But family ties aside, Julia is thoroughly persistent in breaking the mold, proving to us that the only person she’s focused in living up to is herself.
Coming from a household of famed personalities, it’s easy for anyone to assume that things are painlessly handed to the 19-year-old star, but this notion is something that Julia strives to negate. If there’s one thing that she owes to her family career-wise, it’s that inexplicable passion for her craft that has been deeply rooted in her from the start. “I think it’s really in the blood. I still can’t explain my love for it. I think that’s when you know you’re really passionate about something – it’s when you can’t even begin to explain why you want to do it.”
But beyond that, all the credits belong to Julia alone. The hard work is utterly hers and no one else’s. Her impressive work ethic comes through as she squeezes our after-hours photo shoot in between her tight schedule for her upcoming teleserye entitled A Love to Last with such gracious attitude. Contrary to presumptions and thoughtless headlines directed at her, Julia gets the job done despite already having a full day and an early call time the next morning. And in just a few days, her much-awaited film Vince and Kath and James, where she plays Kath whose story unfolds when she starts receiving sweet messages from a mystery admirer, is hitting the big screens as Star Cinema’s official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival.
As we all anticipate to see Julia star in her first ever romantic comedy alongside Ronnie Alonte and Joshua Garcia, we satiate you first as we dress her up in cozy, boyish style and reveal to you that this porcelain beauty has her own brand of relentless grit.
What did you enjoy most about filming the Vince and Kath and James?
It’s my first time to do a romantic comedy in my career. It was very new to me. It’s also a very fun experience because I learned so much from the director, my co-actors, and just from the whole production.
How do you usually pick your movie roles?
So far I have not had a hard time agreeing to doing anything. Everything that has been offered to me is a project that I really want to do and characters that I want to portray.
What do you always look forward to when you’re going to work?
Just portraying that certain character. Every role that I take on is an opportunity for me to be in somebody else’s shoes. I enjoy being somebody else. It’s like an outlet of my emotions which allows me to express myself at the same time.
Who was has been your most memorable co-actor?
Angel Aquino. There are so many things that I’ve learned from her even just by being in a scene with her. Her love for her craft is still so evident even though she’s been in the industry for so long. She’s so passionate about what she does and she gives her best in every scene no matter how small it is.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
A lot of things. I’m often thought to be something that the media portrays me to be. There are many things people think I am, but I’m really not. I think it will take time for them to know me for who I am. That is also the reason why I’ve been real all this time. I want people to accept me for who I am.
If there’s one thing that you want to be known for, what is it?
I love being an actress and I pray that one day I will be recognized for my work and get the credit for it. Usually, my last name gets the credit at the end of the day no matter how hard I work. One day I just want to have a project that everybody appreciates because I did all the work and no one else.
Let’s talk fashion. Describe your style in three words.
Tomboy, street, and laidback.
If you only have 15 minutes to get ready. What would you wear?
A bodysuit, trousers, and sneakers.
Who’s your style icon?
Kristen Stewart. She’s the one I can relate to the most.
Is there any fashion item that you unconsciously hoard?
I have accumulated way too many jeans in my closet. I probably have more than 50 pairs.
What’s the best fashion advice you received?
You know when they say that your style says so much about your personality? I believe in it so much. Fashion is an expression of who you are, and that’s really what I live by up to this day.
What’s the most memorable fashion piece that you wore?
In this business, I feel like you’re given the chance to wear so many memorable pieces. But I think one of them has got to be my debut gown by Michael Cinco. It was literally the best night of my life so there’s no way I will forget that.
If you can only put 3 beauty products in your bag, what would they be?
Moisturizer, lip balm, and eyelash curler.
What skincare rule will you never break?
Always wash your face first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Any advice for girls your age?
Never ever sleep with your makeup on.
What are your guilty pleasures?
A lot, but I think the simplest answer is comfort food. Cheeseburger with bacon is the best.
What’s the best advice your mom has given you?
To be kind. She always reminds me that kindness is what’s really going to take you far in this industry.
How are you spending Christmas this year?
Just a simple get-together with the whole family. Having dinner every year has been our tradition.
What’s in your Christmas wish list?
The success of Vince and Kath and James.
What do you look forward to in the New Year?
I hope that 2017 will be a year of miracles and for more of my dreams to come true.
Featured Image: Sweater and pants by Randy Ortiz
Title Spread: Shoes by Charles & Keith