Katya Santos: Viva Films' Rising Star

Lovely young starlet Katya Santos practically grew up under the glare of camera lights, having started her modelling career when she was barely four years old.

Nagsimula ako as model for Anchor Milk. Sinundan pa iyon ng iba. To date, I've done almost 30 commercials," recalled Katya.

She went on to join "Ang TV" but televiewers remember her best as Carla, the "kontrabida" daughter of Maritoni Fernandez in what used to be a long-running weekly series "Anna Karenina."

"Five years din ako sa 'Anna Karenina.' Nawala na ang mga kasamahan ko doon but I stayed on. Doon kami naging close ni Sunshine Dizon. Until now, we're good friends," said 20-year-old Katya.

True to her statement, she refused to give any negative comment about Sunshine, despite the naughty prodding of some reporters who tried to provoke her by telling supposedly revealing anecdotes about the latter.

Next year, Viva Films will launch Katya in the movie "Sukdulan" where she will have a little less than a dozen breast exposures, signalling her entry into the bold genre.
 
 
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"Twenty years old na po ako ngayon at handa nang maging daring sa pelikula. Ilang ulit na akong inalok na maghubad sa pelikula but I was scared. Sixteen years pa lang ako noon. Tatlong pelikula na ang pinalampas ko; ang 'Tatarin,' 'Balahibong Pusa' at ang 'Scorpio Nights 3' na supposed to be a gagawin kung pumayag lang ako. Pero takot nga ako noong una.

I felt I wasn't ready for it. Pero naisip ko ring kung hindi ko ito gagawin ngayon, kailan pa? Kung matanda na ako, wala nang mag-o-offer sa akin ng magagandang project. Baka pag-tanda ko'y pagsisihan ko ang ginawa kong pagtanggi. Sa simula'y urong-sulong ako kahit nakasagot na ako ng oo pero pumayag na rin ako sa wakas," she smilingly confessed.

In "Sukdulan," she has passionate scenes with Raymond Bagatsing whom she found "very helpful at very mabait" during their shoots."Napaka-gentlemanly ni Raymond. Very protective siya sa akin. Pagkatapos ng aming eksena, siya pa ang nagko-cover agad sa akin, binibigyan ako ng tuwalya para matakpan ang breast ko.
Very meticulous din ang aming director na si Mac Alejandre.
 

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Mabusisi sa shooting kaya sa rehearsal pa lang ay performance level na kami. Mabait silang lahat at ang dami kong natutuhan habang ginagawa namin ang pelikula. Naka-eight shooting days na kami," Katya related.

So after nixing three film offers then finally relenting to a fourth try, how did her family react to her decision to go bold?

"I talked to my mom and dad. They understood me naman. They were initially hesitant to give their permission but later on, they relented," she revealed. Are her boobs for real, a movie scribe teased her.

She nodded and quipped, "original ito, wala akong retoke."No wonder they call her at Viva, materyales fuertes. (MNS)

 

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