MANILA (Mabuhay) — Although she has found success as an actress, Julia Montes admits that there are times when she still experiences bouts of insecurity because of a traumatic experience when she was still a young girl.
Montes revealed that while growing up, she was shamed by an undisclosed person, who told her grandmother that she is not good enough. Montes joined show business when she was only five years old.
“Mayroong ‘Lola, pagsabihan mo nga ‘yan si Mara, wala siyang dating, naku, wala siyang pupuntahan,'” recalled Montes, whose real name is Mara Hautea Schnittka.
“Kaya may hiya pa din ako kapag maraming tao. Kasi feeling ko naka-(tanim) siya sa akin na hindi ako enough lagi. Parang may fear ako na baka mamaya kulang.”
Montes proved that person wrong when she rose to fame after she was cast in the 2010 remake of the soap opera “Mara Clara” with Kathryn Bernardo.
At 17, Montes was able to buy a house for her family.
Although she is more confident now, she admits she still feels that she has to constantly prove herself.
“Siguro kahit papaano ay nag-improve naman po. Pero palagi pa din akong nag-iisip na sana lang ay naibibigay ko ang best ko para kahit paano ay mapatunayan ko sa nagsabi sa akin before na kung anuman po ang mayroon ako ngayon ay deserve ko at pinagtrabahuan ko,” she said.
Montes said she uses the past as an inspiration to do good — like in her hit afternoon series “Doble Kara,” which is now on its Book 2.
“Nag-start ‘yung kambal na isyu nilang magkapatid. Ngayon papasok na sila sa buhay na mayroon na silang family, magkakaanak na sila,” she said. “Magkakabati ba sila? Magkakaayos ba sila bilang mga nanay o mas magkakaaway sila because may anak na silang involved?” Montes said.
“Doble Kara” which airs weekdays, made its debut in August last year. (MNS)