Why Judy Ann won’t play Aguinaldo’s first wife

Judy Ann Santos doesn’t want people to think there’s something more than meets the eye in her rejection of the role of Hilaria Aguinaldo, Emilio Aguinaldo’s first wife in ER Ejercito’s production of “El Presidente, the Emilio Aguinaldo Story.”

It’s just that she can’t relate to her character since  Judy Ann would rather play someone she can observe and see in the flesh.

“Malaking proyekto ito.  Malaking pelikula ito. Pero bilang artista,naniniwala ako na dapat may pinagbabasehan ang karakter ko. Kasi hindi na naman siya buhay,” she said at the presscon sponsored by Kraft for Eden Cheese, which Judy Ann and daughter Yohan are endorsing.

Judy Ann admits she can’t relate to the character because she doesn’t know Hilaria personally. And because of this, she might not do justice to the role.

“Ayokong mapulaan ang trabaho ko. Ayokong mapulaan ang craft ko kasi mahal ko ang trabaho ko.”

Perhaps, she adds, another actress would fit the role more and make the film a lot more beautiful.

Judy Ann hopes people won’t see her decision as a personal affront to ER.

“I have nothing against ER,” she reveals.  “Ako lang mismo bilang artista natatakot ako na baka di ko siya maitawid. Itong pelikulang ito ay magiging parte ng thesis ng eskwelahan at malaking bagay yon. Pero kung ang tingin naman ng estudyante at mga tao sa ginawa mong karakter ay katatawa, parang di ko kayang tanggapin yon.”

Projects


Judy Ann has other things to focus on this year. An adult counterpart of the just-concluded “Junior Master Chef" is in the works. A movie with Coco Martin and another one with John Lloyd Cruz are being planned this year.

But Judy Ann would rather do things one step at a time, now that she is a mother.

“Hindi naman pwede yung noong dalaga pa ako na sa kalsada natutulog at sa set naliligo. You take into consideration pag wala ka sa bahay araw araw may mga bagay kang di nakikita o nababantayan sa mga bata. Hindi mo naman pwedeng ipa-rewind yon sa mga kasama mo sa bahay.”

Judy Ann also wants to teach Yohan the games she and husband Ryan Agoncillo used to play, like “patintero”, “habulan” and ”agawan base” because children their age don’t know them anymore.

“Gusto rin namin maging active siya physically at hind lang yung mga kamay niya ang maraming muscles. Initroduce namin sa kanya yung larong kalye, yung pag nasugatan siya ok lang yon, malayo sa bituka para di siya masyadong guarded at di masyadong sensitive.  Kasi di naman akong lumaking sensitive so I guess tama ng pagpapalaki sa kin ng nanay ko. Wala kaming keber kung madumihan man kami.”

She is enjoying motherhood so much Judy Ann doesn’t mind regaining the pounds she lost if she gets pregnant again.

“Gusto ko three kids. Okay lang mabuntis (uli) at kung tumaba, di magpapayat uli,” she relates.


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