The next Barretto to watch out for


Posted at Jul 10 2012 06:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2012 08:37 AM

Claudine's niece set on becoming an actress

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- The niece of Gretchen and Claudine Barretto is the latest member of the showbiz clan to make her mark in the entertainment indudstry.

Julia Barretto. Photo courtesy of her official Facebook fanpage

Julia Barretto, the eldest of three children of former actress Marjorie Barretto with former comedian Dennis Padilla, is set on becoming an actress herself.

After getting her first taste of the limelight via her TV roles in "Kokey" (2007), "Walang Kapalit" (2007), and "Palos" (2008), Julia said she wants to return to acting.

"Right now, I really, really want to go back to acting. I like this feeling when I act. I get this exciting feeling," Julia told YES! magazine in its special issue, where she was hailed as among the industry's "most beautiful" celebrities.

The 15-year old, however, has put her showbiz aspirations on hold, as she is set to finish high school in an all-girls school in Quezon City.

Despite her young age, Julia has a firm hold of her dreams. "It's never too early to be who you want to be," Julia said.

Star Magic

Her recent appearance in the concert variety show "ASAP 2012" serves as a show of commitment to her showbiz dream.

Last Sunday, Julia, along with other Star Magic talents, paraded on the "ASAP" stage, during the 's 20th anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN's talent management arm.

Her aunt Claudine Barretto was once a contract artist of Star Magic until her transfer to GMA Network in 2009.

Julia's other aunt, Gretchen Barretto, is considered among showbiz's most glamorous actresses. After her ABS-CBN comeback in 2008, Gretchen now topbills the top-rating series "Princess and I."

With acting and celebrity very much a part of her DNA, expect Julia's star to shine even brighter in the future.