Julie Anne: When I was little, I used to join different contests. The very first TV show [I joined] was Little Miss Philippines when I was 3 years old cos my grandmother persuaded me to join. I’ve been singing since I was 2 and a half and tinuloy tuloy ko nalang din siya. I took voice lessons sa Center for Pop Music of the Philippines, I also did recitals. I stopped for a couple of years for school. Lately lang din ako bumalik, I joined Pop Star Kids. Di ko talaga ine-expectkasi yung pagsali ko super unplanned. Nagmo-mall lang kami ng mom ko and they had auditions in SM Fairview and she said “Why don’t you join?” Tapos ayun, nakapasa ako sascreening, di ko naman inaakala. Tuloy tuloy na talaga hanggang sa ngayon, nandito parin ako.
iamMEG.ph: Would you say that you’re not as nervous, or that you’re more comfortable because you started really young?
Julie Anne: Di naman nawawala yung kaba. May confidence naman but di nawawala ang kaba. Di naman din maganda yung masyadong confident ka. Like, for me ah. Once you feel that way, you get comfortable with it, like, “Di na ko magre-rehearse kasi alam ko na yan.”
iamMEG.ph: What’s the craziest thing that you’ve experienced as a star?
Julie Anne: Siguro, every time I have mall shows or out of town shows, especially in the provinces. Di naiiwasan ng mga tao na, syempre bihira sila makakita ng artista siguro,sobrang na-e-excite sila. Sa sobrang excitement nila, sobrang saya nila… I even got bruises!Di naman nila sinasadya, na-o-overwhelm lang talaga sila. So it’s funny but for me it’s worth it, na I have people like them who really love and support me. Parang, “Whoa” di ko in-e-expectna ganun. I’m really thankful.
iamMEG.ph: How do you keep your connections with your friends and family intact, even with your busy schedule and lifestyle?
Julie Anne: I go to church every Sunday with them, I make sure that I get to bond with them,kahit yung simpleng nood ng movie lang or something. Kain sa labas, we watch movies, we sometimes go out of town. Masaya naman kasi for me di pwedeng mawala yung quality time with family kasi yun yung importante talaga. Aside from working, aside from the industry,syempre you need time for yourself. Kailangan at least mag-relax man lang or magpahinga.
iamMEG.ph: How do you keep in contact with them, with your friends, especially if you’re in a shoot?
Julie Anne: Actually I don’t get to hang out with them that much na kasi super busy na. Yung mga friends ko naman, nakakasama ko sila sa work so yun na yung pinaka-bonding timenamin, but I also have my friends outside showbiz so minsan pupunta kami sa bahay o pupunta kami sa labas. If not, we keep in touch through social media, calling, texting. I mean,yung cellphone ko, it’s half of my life! Hindi pwedeng mawala, sobrang hirap mawala. I can’t get through the day without using my phone. I really barely go out, nasanay kasi ako sa bahay, homebody kung baga. Yung cellphone, yun na yung pinaka-social life ko. Twitter, Instagram,mga chat, Viber, ganyan.
iamMEG.ph: What keeps you grounded?
Julie Anne: Of course di parin mawawala yung principles. Yun talaga yung basis, yun yung tinuro sakin ng pamilya ko, ng parents ko. Kung ano na yung kinalakihan ko, dun ako nasanay. My parents always told me to keep my feet on the ground and always stay humble, di ka dapat manapak ng iba, you shouldn’t think that you’re better than anybody. They always tell me to be thankful every time, especially today, sa mga blessings ko.
iamMEG.ph: If you weren’t in showbusiness, what do you think you would be doing?
Julie Anne: I dunno *laughs* Cos I really like singing. Well, I’d probably be a lawyer. Kasi yun yung ambition ko nung bata ako, when I was in prep. Tapos, gusto kong maging astronaut butparang ang layo e. Most probably, I’d go for being a journalist.
iamMEG.ph: How would you describe your love life right now?
Julie Anne: Zero! *laughs* It’s not that bawal or anything, but I think it’s just not the time right now. Ayoko muna kasi I set my priorities too high and my priorities are my studies and my work. Pag naging successful ka na, siguro pwede na anytime, kasi madali lang naman ang love e. Kung baga, nandyan lang naman e. Okay lang yung mga crush-crush, pero wag na muna ang commitment.
iamMEG.ph: Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
Julie Anne: Siguro local, si Dingdong Dantes. International- well, I always liked Chris Brown cos of his music talaga. Ultimate crush, si Logan Lehrman.
iamMEG.ph: Ang layo naman ng mga type mo, may mga bad boy and good boy!
Julie Anne: Yung typical lang. Kasi parang pag boy next door, di naman sa boring or anything, pero girls nowadays look for something different and unusual, para may bago. It’s not that I don’t like a boy next door, but let’s just see.
iamMEG.ph: How’s your relationship with your love team partner Elmo?
Julie Anne: We’re friends, we’re okay. Parang buddy buddy. I’m really happy for him, sacareer niya, sa buhay niya.
iamMEG.ph: Are there any kilig-worthy stories about the two of you that you can share with your fans?
Julie Anne: Well, siguro kasi before, madalas kaming may mga shows together. Kapagka-nagbibigay kami ng entertainment, ng kilig sa mga tao, siguro yun na yun. Yung tipong magdikit lang yung siko namin, okay na sa kanila. We believe we had this chemistry that made us different from the others. We’re good friends, wala naman kaming commitment or something, hindi rin kami super close, but we’re really comfortable with each other. What you see is what you get, walang hidden.
iamMEG.ph: What is the best Valentine’s Day that you’ve ever experienced?
Julie Anne: Every year, I spend Valentine’s with my family lang. Walang mga date. Pero darating naman yung panahon siguro *laughs* Pero if ever na dumating yung panahon na yon, I’ll let you guys know.
iamMEG.ph: What do you think is the best Valentine’s Day gift that you can give someone?
Julie Anne: Di siya material thing, kasi Valentine’s is about love. Siguro yung company ng isang tao, yun yung pinaka importante talaga. And what it makes you feel about that person.
iamMEG.ph: Is there any trivia you can share with our readers that no one else knows about you?
Julie Anne: I used to sleepwalk when I was a kid! Actually ang weird nga e, one time palabas na ako ng bahay, buti nalang pinigilan talaga ako.