“Medyo natagalan lang talaga at sayang ‘yung ilang taon na nagdaan na I could’ve done a lot more series.Pero ganun talaga. May mga pagkakataon na dumadating sa buhay mo na tine-test ang patience mo, soisa ito sa mga ‘yon.”
Habang May Buhay went through many revisions to improve the storyline. Four directors had already worked on the series before Wenn Deramas finally took the helm. The teleserye may have taken longer to get aired, but Judai said that it also gave her the chance to have many realizations. “Marami akong learnings, marami akong lessons at marami akong observations, so okay lang. It’s worth the wait. I believe in my director, I believe in the cast, I believe in the story as well. I have faith in the whole staff. Hindi mo matatawaran. Maybe it won’t be a big, big series pero I know one way or another, mamarka ito sa mga tao.”
Speaking of notable projects, Judai’s former leading man, Piolo Pascual, will be playing the late hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in a two-part special of Maalaala Mo Kaya. Judai, who was previously reported as the Aquino siblings’ first choice to play the role of Cory, said that she was not offered the part. “Ang alam ko ‘yung movie pero hindi ‘yung MMK. Walang in-offer sa akin. May pahaging pero walang formal na usapanabout the project.” Bea Alonzo will play Cory in the MMK episode.
Judai stressed that she is still uncertain about accepting the offer to play Cory in a biopic. “Siguro it would be much better if we talk about it behind the camera. Ayoko kasing sabihin nila na ngayon pa lang, nagpo-promote na kami ng pelikula dahil may project with Piolo. Anything can happen. As of now, I cannot say this year I’ll be doing a project with Piolo or this year I may not be doing a project with Piolo. Hindi imposible, hindi rin naman… alam mo ‘yon, pag-iisipan [ko] basta maganda ‘yung proyekto.”
The actress also clarified that she and Piolo are on good terms and have put a previous misunderstanding to rest. “Matagal na ‘yun as in antagal-tagal nang balita ‘yon. Hindi lang nakikita ng mga tao na we’re friendskasi may mga times na nagkakasalubong kami, let’s say sa kung saang kainan. Madalas kaming nagkakasalubong or minsan magi-guest ako sa ASAP. Nag-uusap kami. Wala nang isyu. At iba na ang buhay ko ngayon at iba na rin ang buhay niya ngayon so we’re friends,” she explained.
Judai, however, admitted that past malicious rumors are the reasons for her not wanting to do a project with Piolo just yet. “’Yung sa pagtatrabaho, ang komplikayson naman d’yan ‘yung mga taong nag-iisip na may iba pang nagaganap sa amin ni Piolo maliban sa pagiging magkaibigan. So hangga’t hindi pa sila nagma-mature hindi muna ko gagawa ng pelikula [with him.]”
Source: Bernie Franco, ABS-CBN.com