Ask Julie Anne San Jose to play any kind of role – on TV, the movies, musicals, even theater. She won’t say no.
But there’s one thing you can’t make her do – go sexy. She won’t even hem and haw. Yahoo! Philippines OMG!’s Female Performer of the Year nominee will turn it down, pronto.
”Kahit offeran ako ng title role, kahit isang milyon pa ang offer sa ‘kin, hindi ako magpapasexy.”
Her reason: “Ayaw kong made-degrade ako.”
In her mini-skirt outfit which shows just a hint of her flawless upper back, Julie Anne was a picture of sophistication as she sat, surrounded by press people at the SM North EDSA branch of Get Laud!, the fashion retailer brand she has been endorsing for two years now.
Fans used to seeing the third year Communication Arts student (Angelicum College) in casual teen attire are in for a surprise.
“Medyo nag-level up na,” she relates. “The sophistication (Get Laud! Is known for bold, dazzling designs) shows a different side of me.”
But she’s careful not to go overboard. Julie Anne still loves to keep it “simple and elegant.”
The 19-year-old singer-actress straddles two opposing worlds. Julie Anne can dress down as often as she can while attending classes as a typical student who, she is glad to note, gets no special treatment from anyone.
But she has to come dressed to the nines in showbiz functions: her Sunday All Stars (SAS) show on GMA, concerts, guestings, etc.
Last Sunday, June 23, for instance, Julie Anne had to look her best again as she received a quadruple platinum award of her debut album. She and her team, headed by Jennylyn Mercado, defended their title as the group with the best performance of them all.
“Nagiging mas creative ako sa “SAS.’ Kasi kami ang gagawa ng sarili naming production numbers. Walang spoonfeeding. Kami lahat – ultimo banda.”
Julie Anne’s inputs were the songs, which she and the rest of the team must agree on.
“May meeting kami, para lahat ng suggestions, lalabas. Pinag-uusapan ang ayaw at gusto namin para walang samaan ng loob.”
Julie Anne herself is very much into interacting with fans, friends, etc. She has lots of followers onTwitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
Role of social media
“Social media is a good environment for celebs. It helps us get along with fans and other people.”
She knows social media has its pitfalls in the form of bashers, one of whom posted a message that Julie Anne doesn’t deserve all the good things coming her way.
“I block the bashers,” she reveals. “Once lang ako nag-reply at naging sarcastic. I thanked my basher.”
Julie Anne says she can take the bashing, as long as it doesn’t delve on her family. It will hurt her too much, she’s not sure if she can take the pain.
And that’s when she thinks things have gone too far.
“Social media must be used for the good. It’s something you shouldn’t abuse,” she declares.
Julie Anne’s thousands of Twitter followers will surely agree with her.