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EXCLUSIVE: Judy Ann returns to a new world

Judy Ann opens up about movie comeback and the changes that shocked her

Marty Hsu
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Marty Hsu

1/9/2018 in News
EXCLUSIVE: Judy Ann returns to a new world

We couldn’t think of a better way to start 2018 than to celebrate the return of the one and only Prime Superstar Judy Ann Santos to the big screen with the film “Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes”. 


She starred in several critically-acclaimed indie films, but she did miss doing mainstream almost as much as we missed seeing her in them. 


Now that she’s back at it again after four years, she couldn’t help but notice changes here and there. 


“Actually, the whole experience of doing a mainstream [film] compared to indie, hindi naman pala siya masyadong nagkakalayo. It’s just that wala kaming ganitong kalawak na promo ‘pag nagi-indie film kami,” she told us in an interview last Friday, January 5. 


She was even shocked to see new styles in filmmaking. “Iba na talaga siya, para akong pumasok sa ibang planeta nung nag-first shooting day ako. Kasi hindi ko alam naka-set up na pala, kasi ‘yung ilaw parang walang ilaw, parang brownout. ‘Ito na ‘to? Bakit gano’n parang wala?’ Pero meron, meron, meron,” said Judy Ann. 


“Tapos titingnan mo sa monitor, ang ganda. As in super ganda,” she continued. “Pero titingnan mo sa personal, parang gusto mong flashlight-an ‘yung sarili mo. Parang feeling mo kulang ‘yung ilaw mo, pero maganda naman ako so okay. Bakit naman ako magtatanong, eh ako ‘yung pinakabago dito?”


There was one change, however, that she just couldn’t give in to. “‘Di na nga lang ako sanay magpuyat. Pagdating ng alas-diyes, shuma-shut down na ‘yung eyelids ko. Kusang loob siyang bumabagsak,” she said.  


“‘Di ko siya kailangang pakiusapan, inaantok talaga ako. Naggu-goodbye world talaga ako ng 12 o’clock. May effort nang slight sa part na ‘yun, pero dahil maganda ‘yung ginagawa ko and dahil walang diva sa set namin, masaya lang, okay naman.” She quipped, “Patay nga lang ako ng dalawang araw pag-uwi ko kasi puyat na puyat ako talaga. Kailangan ko na siyang i-recharge nangbonggang-bongga.” 


But Judy Ann also told us that she thinks she made the right choice agreeing to do “Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes” as the mark of her comeback. 


“The whole experience was a wise decision. It was a wise decision for me to accept this project, hindi siya nakaka-trauma,” said the award-winning actress. 


When we asked why, she answered, “Para masaya at tsaka para nakakaintriga. Para hindi lang basta movie about having an affair and gayness.” 


“Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes” follows the story of Lianne (Judy Ann) and Cindy (Angelica), 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? 


“Ang Dalawang Mrs Reyes” also stars Joross Gamboa, JC de Vera, Andrea Brillantes, Gladys Reyes, Carmi Martin, and more. 


Directed by Jun Robles Lana, the comedy-drama is coming to cinemas this January 17. 

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