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Julia Barretto signing up with Viva?

Kathleen A. Llemit



AMID pregnancy rumors, Julia Barretto finds herself in the spotlight with news of her leaving Star Magic to sign up with VIVA. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/JULIABARRETTO

Will there be a reunion of sorts for Mirabella stars Diego Loyzaga and Julia Barretto? This is possible as news of Julia’s signing to Viva Artists Agency broke out early this week.

Viva, on 29 September, also uploaded a teaser clip of an actor’s profile, which many believe is Barretto, on its Instagram (@vivaartistsagency). The caption reads, “She’s stronger, fiercer and brighter than ever.”

The reveal, according to the entertainment company, happens today, 30 September.

Julia, one of the most visible and talked about stars today, started out as one of the promising talents on ABS-CBN’s Star Magic roster who appeared on afternoon dramas like Mirabella (2014).

She then joined other teleserye like the ensemble drama A Love to Last (2017).

In 2016, she got her biggest break via Vince and Kath and James, Star Cinema’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival that created the Joshlia love team with former boyfriend Joshua Garcia.

THE controversial actress started out as one of the promising celebrities of Star Magic.

The couple starred in their first teleserye, Ngayon at Kailanman, in 2018.

They would eventually break up, and Julia would find herself caught in the middle of an ugly and messy separation between her Between Maybes co-star Gerald Anderson and his then girlfriend Bea Alonzo in 2019.

The issue continues to hound her as she sued controversial former broadcaster Jay Sonza who alleged on his Facebook post last week that she’s pregnant with Gerald’s child.

By joining Viva, Julia and Diego, who has also left Star Magic and signed with Viva last August, might star in another project. Or she could make movies with Marco Gumabao, Matteo Guidicelli or another new Viva talent McCoy de Leon.

Julia’s parents, Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla, appeared in several Viva comedy and action flicks in the 1990s.

Julia’s last known project was ABS-CBN’s online series Cara Y Cruz with Tony Labrusca, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Marco Gumabao, Heaven Peralejo and Barbie Imperial.  Reports say the cast has started taping new episodes after going through the required COVID-19 tests and safety protocols.