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Judy Ann, Gladys read each other’s ‘diary’

What we have gotten wrong about Mara and Clara all these years

Marty Hsu
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Marty Hsu

1/8/2018 in News
Judy Ann, Gladys read each other’s ‘diary’

If you grew up in the 90s, then we’re betting you were one of those who tuned into Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes during weeknights as they mess each other’s lives on one of the most iconic teleseryes ever made -- “Mara Clara”. 

And when we think of “Mara Clara”, it’s not hard to recall of all the times Gladys irked everyone with her spoiled brat ways as Clara and how Judy Ann’s Mara always played victim to them. 

But what they both want people to know is that who they were on the show is far from who they really are in real life as an individual and most importantly, as a friend. 

On “Magandang Buhay” today, January 8, the two actresses revealed things about each other in a very “Mara Clara” fashion: through a diary. 

Gladys read hers first and shared why Judy Ann isn’t really the soft-spoken martyr people have always seen her as and revealed one very special skill she got to witness. 

"Dear diary, alam mo ba na si Juday ay unang-una, parang bato at mahirap siyang paiyakin in real life? Totoo po 'yan, maniwala po kayo sa'kin. 'Wag kayo magpadala, akala niyo mababa 'yung luha niya,” Gladys wrote. “Bilang isang drama queen, sabihin mo kung saang mata luluha, at gagawin niya. Alam niya kung nasaan 'yung camera, 'pag nandito sa kaliwa, sa kaliwa niya papapatakin. Kabaliktaran ng inaaping si Mara, si Juday ay strong ang personality. Sporty siya at adventurous din siya, compared sa akin na hindi pa nakasakay ng roller coaster." 

Judy Ann took her turn and spilled Gladys’ beauty secret as well as her way of protecting people close to her. 

"Dear diary, para sa dagdag kaalaman ng mga nakakarami, si Gladys a.k.a. ‘Clara’ Reyes ay ang may pinakamakinis at pinakamaputing kili-kili sa balat ng lupang tinubuan ko. Hindi kailangan ng preparation, pwedeng-pwede ipakita anytime, anywhere ng walang pag-aalinlangan. Napakatagal maligo dahil paglabas naman talaga ng banyo, napakakinis naman talaga ng balat dahil sa dalawang kilong kalamansi na kinukuskos niya sa tuhod, kili-kili, at sakong,” said Judy Ann. 

She added, “May shooting kami ng ‘Mara Clara’, Zambales, magkasama kami sa kwarto, dalawang oras na tatawagin na kami sa set, hindi pa tapos maligo. Small but terrible. Ipaglalaban ka hanggang kabilang buhay. Nung meron kaming show sa probinsya, magkasama kami tapos may tumawag sa'kin hindi ko narinig, sabihin ng tumawag sa'kin, 'Ang suplada naman, pangit naman.' Eh narinig ni Gladys Reyes, ‘Mas pangit ka!’" 

The real-life besties then recalled the many times they beat each other out in front of the cam. 

"Ang maganda dun, kaya din siguro nagustuhan ng tao ang ‘Mara Clara’, pagkasalang namin, pagka-fight scene namin, never namin 'yun dinaya. Walang choreography. 'Pag sinabing action, nawawala na kami sa sarili namin, si Mara at si Clara na kami. Sakitan 'to kung sakitan, may kalmot ako, may pasa 'to, sorry-han kami tapos kanya-kanya na kaming balik sa dressing room,” said Gladys. 

Another thing to admire about this is how they managed to stay friends after all that. But of course, it didn’t come easy. 

"Para kaming nag-iiwasan,” Judy Ann revealed. “After two years, kailangan naming mag-workshop. Parang may 'what I like about you, what I hate about you' exercise. May matagal na pala kami gustong sabihin sa isa't isa na nagpatong-patong [then] nagkaroon ng chance na sabihin 'yun. Dire-diretso naman so after that exercise, nagliwanag 'yung mga mukha namin, nag-break 'yung wall after two years of doing [the] soap." 

Fast forward to the present, they’re both happily married with kids and still close as ever. 

"Hindi naman namin kailangang magtawagan everyday, hindi naman namin kailangang magkita nang regular. Though it would be much better kung merong dalawang moments. Kasi iba 'pag magkasama kaming magkausap eh, ‘yung ang gulo-gulo ng mga anak namin pero nagkakaintindihan kami,” Judy Ann shared. 

We won’t be surprised if seeing these two together again made you wish to see them reunite on a project soon and good thing that time won’t far long. 

Judy Ann and Gladys are in the upcoming film “Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes” and it’s already coming out this January 17. 

It follows the story of Lianne (Judy Ann) and Cindy (Angelica Panganiban), two very different women with the same goal; and that is to keep their husbands. 

But soon, they realized what they need to do is to keep them apart... from each other. 

Will they get their revenge or will the jokes still be on them until in the end? 

Directed by Jun Robles Lana, “Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes” also stars Joross Gamboa, JC de Vera, Andrea Brillante, Carmi Martin, and more.

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