Julia: Another Glimpse of a Barretto Talent

The Barretto Sisters--Marjorie, Gretchen, and Claudine--are known for their elegance and grace, acting talent, and, of course, a hodgepodge of controversies. A Barretto isn't a Barretto if she hasn't had her fair share of alleged scandal photos or leaked videos from the paparazzi, rumors about a relationship, and so forth and so on. The same is true for Julia Barretto, daughter of actors Daniel Padilla and Marjorie. Bashers frequently say that she has a prima donna attitude and having too much of a luxurious lifestyle, especially after her grand and televised 18th birthday, "Simply Julia."

"...andaming nagjujudge sa iyo pero di ka kilala at all, that's not easy to deal with at all," said the young Barretto in an interview with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino in 2014. "It's better to be yourself and be different because it's gonna set you apart from everybody. The least I want to be is be like everybody else, everybody's too the same na e," she continued. "I have been trying to be strong and tough, but people also has to know that tao rin ako and I also get hurt."

But a Barretto isn't a Barretto if she hasn't risen up and continues to deliver. And that, Julia did.

Julia in Aquino & Abunda Tonight (2014)

Her first appearance on television was for a supporting role in "Gulong ng Palad" (2006) starred by Kristine Hermosa and TJ Trinidad. The primetime teleserye was adapted from the 50s radio drama series and 1980s soap opera hit of the same name. It was through "Kokey" (2007), a fantaserye, that Julia rose to prominence as an up and coming actress. She played as Anna Calugdan, sister of the character Bong who befriended the alien named Kokey.

After Kokey and a couple of Wansapanatym episodes, Julia played the lead in a Maalaala Mo Kaya show as Alex. What followed suit are more MMK appearances.


"Mirabella" (2014) was Julia's first title role. Alongside her in the fantaserye were Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, and Mika dela Cruz. She started showcasing what she can really do acting-wise and came out with memorable scenes, much to the delight of fans here and abroad.


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