Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo, two formidable names in the Philippine entertainment industry, share a bond that transcends the glitz and glamour of showbiz. Their friendship, forged over many years, serves as a testament to the genuine connections that can blossom amidst the spotlight.

Julia Montes Opens Up About Her Enduring Friendship with Kathryn Bernardo.
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Their narrative began with the remake of the iconic Mara Clara series, a venture that not only marked a significant chapter in Philippine television but also laid the foundation of a profound friendship. Julia and Kathryn, then budding talents, navigated the intricacies of their roles with aplomb. This televised milestone, which originally featured Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes, aired from 2010 to 2011.

Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo

A Decade of Unwavering Friendship

Fast forward more than a decade, and the camaraderie between Julia and Kathryn stands as steadfast as ever. In a recent interview with PUSH, Julia Montes shed light on the enduring bond she shares with Kathryn Bernardo. The question arose regarding any pressure she might have felt while being paired with Asia’s Multimedia Star, Alden Richards, renowned for the highest-grossing Filipino film, "Hello, Love, Goodbye," in 2019, alongside Kathryn.

Julia, with grace and candor, expressed that while there may be external expectations, she finds pride in being Kathryn’s ally in the industry. “Siguro po pressure siya in the sense of dahil ang paningin ng tao after nila Kathryn, kami po. But ako kasi mas proud po ako eh. Dun ako tumitingin kasi si Kathryn ‘yun eh,” she shared.

A Sisterly Bond

What sets their friendship apart is the sisterly dynamic that Julia embodies towards Kathryn. Each of Kathryn’s accomplishments elicits a genuine sense of joy from Julia. She articulated, “So parang imbes na tignan ko siya as napre-pressure lang, I am proud na si Kathryn ‘yung nandun. And kung ible-bless kami with this film, bakit hindi? We’re happy. And Kathryn is very supportive.”

Julia went on to reminisce about the synchronicity of their movie releases, a coincidence that has become somewhat of an inside joke for the pair. Their fans often playfully refer to them as the 'real loveteam', a testament to the palpable chemistry they exude both on-screen and off. The genuine affection they hold for one another is evident in the way they speak of their time apart, longing for the day they can collaborate on another project.

A Special Bond

In parting, Julia Montes emphasized, “Our bond is really special.” It is a sentiment that resonates beyond the confines of the entertainment industry, reminding us all of the enduring power of authentic connections.

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