MANILA – Judy Ann Santos admitted there was a time when she fell in love with Wowie De Guzman, who was the first actor paired with her when she was still doing “Mara Clara” in the 1990s.
In an interview with Mario Dumaual for Jeepney TV’s "Biyaheng Retro," Santos explained that it was inevitable for her to develop feelings for De Guzman because they were together almost every day.
“May part naman talaga kasi nung time na sobrang ang dami naming ginagawa, as in araw-araw, umaga, tanghali, gabi, kami lang ang magkasama from movies to tapings to out of town shows. Monday to Sunday kami talaga 'yung magkasama so walang chance na hindi kami nagkikita. Siguro doon na-develop,” she said.
Unlike how love teams are being built today, Santos said she and De Guzman didn’t have to undergo auditions or workshops to see if they have an onscreen chemistry.
“Sobrang sikat na sikat ang (Universal) Motion Dancers tapos si Wowie 'yung sobrang tinitilian ng mga babae nung time na' yun. Eh kami yung magka-age. Tapos parang naisip ni Direk Emil na ‘Oo nga nagdadalaga na si Mara tapos may extra conflict pa with Clara. Kailangan magpasok ng ibang layer ng story sa ‘Mara Clara,’” she explained, referring to Emil Cruz Jr., the original writer/director of the soap.
Little did Santos know that her tandem with De Guzman at that time would mark a new milestone in her career.
Over two decades since she first had a love team, Santos has had numerous onscreen partners including the late Rico Yan, Piolo Pascual and Ryan Agoncillo, who is now her husband.
In the February 16 episode of "Biyaheng Retro," Santos will talk about each actor, and how every love team contributed to her success in showbiz.
Aside from Santos, other Kapamilya stars who will be featured in the episode will be Gerald Anderson, John Lloyd Cruz, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
For the full story, watch “Biyaheng Retro” at 9 p.m. Sunday on Jeepney TV or SkyCable channel 9. It will also have replays every Sunday.