ADAPTING TO ROYAL LIFE­STYLE

Fol­low­ing her mar­riage to a roy­alty, ac­tress Ju­liana Evans, who ini­tially had a pretty hard time ad­just­ing to an aris­to­cratic life, has found her foot­ing in the royal house, writes BIBI NURSHUHADA RAMLI

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

STILL in mar­i­tal bliss, ac­tress and tele­vi­sion host Ju­liana Evans ini­tially had trouble get­ting the hang of the royal life­style and its strict pro­to­cols.

For some­one who has been free-spir­ited her whole life, it meant a drastic change in how things are done.

The 27-year-old artiste tied the knot to a mem­ber of the Jo­hor and Se­lan­gor roy­alty, Tengku Shar­if­fud­din Shah Tengku Su­laiman Shah Al-Hajj, 29, on April 30 in a pri­vate and in­ti­mate cer­e­mony in Shah Alam, Se­lan­gor.

“Ob­vi­ously our life­styles are dif­fer­ent,” said Ju­liana, laugh­ing.

“I’ve al­ways been an in­de­pen­dent per­son, pre­fer­ring to get things done on my own in­stead of re­ly­ing on oth­ers.

“How­ever, things are dif­fer­ent now. I’ve been work­ing on get­ting com­fort­able with the royal pro­to­cols. So, ev­ery­thing is good,” she said.

Ju­liana said her hus­band un­der­stood her as one who had al­ways been self-suf­fi­cient.

“How­ever, some­times, cer­tain things are be­yond our con­trol. I just have to go with the flow,” she said at the 30th Anugerah Bin­tang Pop­u­lar Berita Har­ian (ABPBH 3.0) at Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre re­cently.

The artiste with a Malay-English parent­age at­tended ABPBH 3.0 to present an award. She was ac­com­pa­nied by her man­age­ment, and a body­guard.

Ap­par­ently, the celebrity goes around with a body­guard nowa­days for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“But ac­cord­ing to her man­age­ment, Ju­liana tries not to have the body­guard around her all the time.

“Some­times, when my hus­band and I go on our date night, I wish that we are more like reg­u­lar cou­ples, where it’s just you and your part­ner.

“The body­guards may not be right next to us but you kinda know that you are not alone,” said the Aliff Dalam 7 Di­mensi star.

Still, Ju­liana is not al­low­ing her new royal sta­tus and life­style change who she re­ally is in­side.

“I’m still the same Ju­liana. I just have to be mind­ful of how I present my­self in pub­lic.

“All of these, of course, take some get­ting used to. It’s a learn­ing curve for me,” she said.

Mean­while, the cou­ple, who have yet to en­joy their hon­ey­moon, are pre­par­ing for their wed­ding re­cep­tion, to be held af­ter Hari Raya Aidil­fitri.

“We are big on ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions, like San­torini or the Mal­dives.”

On hav­ing chil­dren some time soon, the ac­tress, whose real name is Ju­liana So­phie Jo­hari Evans, said, “It all de­pends on rezeki, but there’s no rush. I want to en­joy be­ing a wife to him.”

Ju­liana said Shar­if­fud­din and her in-laws had been sup­port­ive of her ca­reer in show­biz.

Up next, she is down for a host­ing gig in Sin­ga­pore, fol­lowed by a cam­paign for soap brand Lux. Her film, Bella & Jamie, will pre­miere in Oc­to­ber.

Ju­liana also plans to start a jew­ellery busi­ness.

“I’m call­ing it Je­vans Jew­ellery and it is a dream that I’ve al­ways wanted to re­alise for some time now. I’m also plan­ning to take a short course in the United States next year. Maybe on mu­si­cal theatre.”

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