GMA Artist Center's Julie Anne San Jose is open to working with other actors her age besides love teammate Elmo Magalona as way of honing her acting skills.
This is why she is amused when people make a big deal when she or Elmo is paired with other teen artists. Sometimes they even get negative reactions from fans of their respective new partners.
"Okay lang i-partner si Elmo kahit kanino like Barbie Forteza kasi hindi naman kami naka-package as just a love team. Siyempre may mga solo careers din kami and we want to grow as individual artists," explained Julie Anne.
The soon-to-be-18 year old actress (her birthday is on May 17) said she is eager to work with different actors to become a versatile artist. With a number of acting projects coming her way, she doesn't want to disappoint her fans and GMA Network which has entrusted her with important TV and movie jobs.
"Kailangang galingan at kailangan dedicated ka talaga. It is an overwhelming feeling and I'm honored and glad na nabibigyan ako ng attention and opportunities ng GMA7. Sobrang thankful po talaga ako siyempre kay Lord and sa lahat ng mga sumusuporta sa akin," explained Julie Anne who's been with the Kapuso Network for almost six years now.
"Nagtiyaga talaga ako and I really worked hard," she added.
As a thanksgiving gesture, Julie Anne is having a birthday concert on May 16 at Hard Rock Cafe.
Guest performers are Jay-R and Kris Lawrence. Elmo is expected to be there as well.
Julie Anne fans can also look forward to her album under GMA Records which is set for release in June. It contains nine original songs, two of which are her own compositions and a bonus track titled "Bakit Ba Ganyan."
She and Elmo will have their own TV series called "All for Love" which will replace "Tween Hearts" where Julie Anne is a regular cast member.
Her movie with Elmo titled "Just One Summer" will soon be released in Mega Manila theaters. The movie, directed by Mac Alejandre, was an experience Julie Anne will never forget.
"Okay naman po yung movie. Okay yung shooting at maraming sumusuporta at tumutulong sa amin like Direk Mac Alejandre and the other cast members like Gloria Diaz, Buboy Garovillo, Cherrie Pie Picache, Joel Torre and Alice Dixson who for me are legendary actors. They've shown us how to deal with our acting," Julie Anne said.
Movies vs TV acting
So how different is movie from TV acting?
"Movie acting kasi I find it more raw and natural unlike sa TV na medyo technical acting siya na hindi makatotohanan," she replied.
Julie Anne's rise to popularity was met with intrigues. One of them is being compared with Sarah Geronimo. Julie Anne, who says she and Sarah sometimes see each other in church, shrugs this off.
Another intrigue is detractors' remarks that Julie Anne is popular only in Twitter. Julie Ann apparently consistently trends on the micro-blogging site.
"I don't mind because Twitter is one of the biggest social networking sites. Mahirap din mag-trending. I just pray that my album, TV show and movie will all be successful," Julie Anne said.
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