Unlike other girls her age, Juliana Gomez is used to having a family who’s always under the spotlight. In spite of this, she is a soft-spoken, shy girl who exudes a quiet confidence in the way she brings herself. And because of her parents, there is always speculation of whether she will follow in their footsteps and join show business. But while she has yet to find out herself, we’ll be here to see where the young rising star’s path takes her.
Even though she’s just turning 18 this September, the Donna Summer and Grace Jones-loving girl is undeniably an old soul. Her genuine love of music from the ‘60s and the ‘80s has her celebrating her birthday milestone with a discotheque party. The teenager shares, “There’s going to be a lot of Donna Summer, a lot of dancing, and a lot of gold. Nothing too traditional but definitely memorable. I don’t want to celebrate in a way that I don’t want to or in a way that I’m not comfortable with. In this party, I don’t want all the attention on me. I just want my friends and my family to have fun.”
The 17-year old may be young, but she’s not presumptuous. She’s well aware that she doesn’t know anything about love and admits that her understanding of love only comes from what she sees in her parents. They’re the true inspiration in everything she does; in fact, she lives by one of her dad’s golden nuggets of wisdom: always give your 100%. And true enough, this young lady gives it her all in every aspect of her life, whether she’s in front of the camera or playing a game in the volleyball court.
Juliana stepped into the set and greeted people she just met with the ease of welcoming old friends. We could easily tell she’s a girl next door through her laid-back style of jeans and shirt combo and we definitely dig it. She dresses herself the way she wants to, not trying to project any image but her own. But that doesn’t stop her from experimenting with an edgier style or more feminine pieces. And while others would be excited to do a full glam look, Juliana was ecstatic to find out that her look for the day was the more understated Boy Beat makeup look.
As she turns 18, the future holds so much for this old soul who loves disco music, but can still rap to Kendrick Lamar in a heartbeat. We had a chat with Juliana and talked about her first experience with makeup, lessons she’s learned from her dad, and the pressures of growing up in the limelight.
What’s the most exciting part about turning 18?
When you turn 18, you get to know more about yourself and the world around you. You learn more and you experience more. So I feel like that’s the most exciting part.
We heard that you’re not planning to have a cotillion, so what’s your party going to be like? What’s your plan?
My party is going to be disco-themed, since I really like music from the ‘60s and the ‘80s. There’s going to be a lot of Donna Summer, a lot of dancing, and a lot of gold. Nothing too traditional; but definitely memorable. I don’t want to celebrate in a way that I don’t want to or in a way that I’m not comfortable with. In this party, I don’t want all the attention on me. I just want my friends and my family to have fun.
If you could invite 5 people to your party living or dead, who would it be?
First, I’d invite Rihanna. I love Rihanna. Then, I’d invite Drew Barrymore, Grace Jones, Drake, and lastly, Donna Summer.
“When you turn 18, you get to know more about yourself and the world around you… That’s the most exciting part.”
L: Floral Sheer Dress by Sevastra by Noel Orate, Laceup Booties by DAS; R: Houndstooth Coat by Yong Davalos
Aside from your parents, who do you look up to?
I take inspiration from other people but when it comes to looking up to someone, I really turn to my parents. I feel like they really set the standard of what I want to become eventually and what I want to achieve in the future.
Having celebrity parents since you were born, when was the first time you realized that your family was famous?
There was no specific moment when I realized that my family was famous. It was just a natural thing and I felt like I always subconsciously knew. No one had to tell me that my dad was an actor and my mom is a TV host. I grew up in that environment so there was no specific moment.
Growing up, how did you cope with being in the public eye?
I wouldn’t really use the word “cope”, because I always say my parents never pressured me to become someone I wasn’t meant to be. I feel like they raised me well enough for me to know what I should and shouldn’t do. They never had to tell me na, “Oh don’t do this kasi baka makita ka ng ganyan and you’re going to be talked about.”
L: Velvet Sleepwear by Eve Design Studios
Outside your family, there may be a bit of pressure for you to join showbiz. Have you ever given it much thought?
Recently, I have. It has become a serious consideration, but of course, my priority is to study first. I still wanna finish college, join college varsity volleyball, and all those things. I feel like everything will just happen naturally, as long as you work your way towards it as you’re preparing for it. I guess it’s just gonna happen.
I’ve been thinking about it but maybe now isn’t the time. Especially because I’m so busy applying for colleges, filling up forms, and reviewing for entrance exams. Now’s definitely not the right time, but it is on my mind.
You mentioned that you’re planning to pursue volleyball in college, are you planning to pursue it professionally in the future?
If given the chance, of course. But I’m the type of person who just worries about what’s in store for me now. If it’s still far away, then I won’t worry about it pa. I don’t want to stress myself kasi. What if something else is meant for me? What if something’s planned for me? But it’s something that I want to do eventually.
“My parents never pressured me to become someone I wasn’t meant to be. I feel like they raised me well enough for me to know what I should and shouldn’t do.”
L: Houndstooth Coat by Yong Davalos, Black Top by Bench, Black Leather Skirt by Saturday Dress
You and Leila Alcasid have gotten really close. You even called yourselves Leiliana in one of your Instagram posts. What do you guys often talk and laugh about?
Our friendship is very low-maintenance. Leila and I are very simple people but we really get each other. We think the same things, we find the same things funny, and conversations are easy with her. And I love her because she’s someone I can just really open up to and she’ll get me. We really click. We see each other a lot and we have pretty much the same circle of friends so we got really close because of that.
You post a lot of photos of your parents, do you think their relationship has influenced your expectations on love?
Honestly, no. I feel like love is very unpredictable. It depends on the person you find. I mean it’s not like I know a lot about it. In fact, I don’t know anything about love. I’m only 17. I haven’t really experienced anything that would make me say, “Yes, I know this and that about love.” But if there’s anything I learned, it’s probably that effort really goes a long way.
When I look at them, I just think, “Wow, effort goes a long way.” Because if you think about it, my dad is based in Ormoc and my mom is in Manila. They’re apart 5 days a week or even more, but it hasn’t changed their relationship. Not at all. Of course, that’s the kind of marriage that I want to have in the future.
You seem to take on the thrill-seeking personality of your dad, what is the most adventurous thing you have done?
I wouldn’t really say that there were moments when I’d be like, “Oh man, this was a really adventurous thing for me to do.” It’s just in me. I know that I have the confidence that my dad has to do certain things my mom would never do. I got that from my dad, he’s like, “What’s there to be scared of as long as you’re safe, as long as you’re smart, you’ll be fine.”
So what is the most valuable lesson that your dad has given you?
He always tells me to give my 100% in everything I do; and I always take that with me because in life, in school, in sports, in friendships, in family, you just give your 100% and everything will fall into place. It’s very simple but it’s something that a lot of people should keep in mind.
Who’s your style icon?
I wouldn’t really say that I have a style icon, because I dress myself in what I feel looks good on my body type and what I feel comfortable in. So I don’t really look up to anyone and say, “Oh yeah, she’s my style icon.” But more than that, I feel like lately I’ve been really getting to know my own style. I’ve been so lost for 17 years. My style changes from time to time. But when it comes to pegs, I definitely look up to a lot of celebrities and Youtubers for beauty; but for style, I think I’m pretty much on my own with that.
How would you describe your personal style then?
Casual, laid-back, not too girly, and a bit edgy sometimes.
“Now’s definitely not the right time [to join show business] but it is on my mind.”
L: Floral Cable Knit Sweater and Electric Pleat Skirt by Sevastra by Noel Orate
What piece in your closet is currently on rotation?
I got this pair of denim jeans from this online brand called Univ. It just fits perfectly, makes your butt look nice, and makes you look long. That’s what I’ve been wearing a lot.
In your opinion, what fashion trend should never come back?
I say animal print but it’s always gonna be there. It’s just something I don’t personally like. I was actually a victim of that when I was like 7 or 8; I’d wear long leggings and shorts over them. I hope that never comes back. Also, skirts with leggings under, but the shorts with leggings under were worse.
You’ve called your mom your “forever peg.” What’s the best beauty tip you’ve learned from her?
Less is more. She’s that type of person.
L: Statement Tee by Bench; R: Floral Cable Knit Sweater by Sevastra by Noel Orate
When was the first time you started experimenting with makeup?
When I was 15, my friends started watching these beauty vloggers, then they started talking about bronzer, highlighter, and baking your face. I was like, “What the hell is this?” I had no idea, because all I had was a cheek tint and they had everything.
That summer, I flew to Canada with my parents and there was a Sephora near our hotel. So I was like, “Guys, I’m gonna build my own makeup kit, tell me what I need.” And they answered, “You need concealer, foundation, bronzer, blush.” Of course, I tried to find my shade but I didn’t really get it right all the time. I went through so many brands of foundation and so many brands of concealer, but it was only recently that I made a go-to look talaga or an every day makeup routine that I really stick with.
What do you put on that instantly makes you feel confident?
Blush, definitely. You can have everything but if you don’t have blush, it’s gonna make you look like unseasoned chicken breasts. I feel like blush makes all the difference.
Since you travel frequently, what beauty essentials are always in your bag?
Definitely my eyebrow pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills, my brow gel from Glossier, and my Mario Badescu Facial Mist because the air in the plane really dries up your skin. I really like keeping my face hydrated, because if I don’t, I really break out. That’s pretty much it, and lip balm.
“I don’t know anything about love. I’m only 17 years old. I haven’t really experienced anything that would make me say, ‘Yes I know this and that about love.’ But if there’s anything I learned [from my parents], it’s probably that effort goes a long way.”
What’s your fitness routine like?
Right now, my training schedule is a bit messy because it’s summer and my school doesn’t have training, so I train with other schools. Usually, training is three times a week and the days in between when I don’t go to the gym, I try to run or swim as much as possible. The diet comes with that too. But lately, I’ve been cheating a lot since I just flew in from the province. I was there for almost two weeks and had the time of my life eating everything.
What’s your playlist when you work out?
It’s old school but it’s what gets me going, I listen to Love You Down by Inoj. I have a bit of rap too, of course, Kendrick Lamar; that’s an essential.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
I am looking forward to doing more different things, finding out more about myself, learning more, and getting to know more people.
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