"I think sa isang relationship, hindi mo naman masasabi na forever smooth sailing 'yan, e. May mga times talaga na medyo nagkakaproblema. Pero ang importante naman doon is naaayos," says actress Jodi Sta. Maria about the adjustments she and husband Pampi Lacson have to go through in their married life.

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Jodi Sta. Maria says her episode in Star Cinema's upcoming horror movie Cinco, "Paa," is so scary that her son doesn't want to go with her on the premiere night.

"Doon sa episode namin kasi, I would say na 'yong ultimate type of fear ang mapapakita namin dito. Sobrang nakakatakot siya na, at the same time, mayroon siyang pangungonsensiyang involved," the actress said during the media junket prepared for her Cinco episode yesterday, July 1, at the Aristocrat restaurant along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

According to Jodi, when her son Panfilo "Thirdy" Sta. Maria-Lacson III saw the teaser of the movie on Facebook, he immediately refused to accompany her to the premiere scheduled on July 13. 

Jodi related, "Kapag tinitingnan niya, tinatanong niya, 'Mommy, horror ba 'yan?' Sabi ko, 'Oo, horror 'yan. Gusto mo ba isama kita sa premiere?' Sabi niya, ayaw daw niya. Natatakot siya."

The 27-year-old mom said she had to explain to Thirdy that what he saw is just a fiction. She added, "Kasi, siyempre ganung gulatan, siyempre sa batang ganung edad, lahat sa kanya totoo. Hindi ba kapag bata, lahat sa kanila totoo? Kailangan mong i-explain sa kanila na gawa-gawa lang 'yan, acting lang 'yan. Pero hangga't di mo ine-explain, totoo sa kanila ang mga bagay-bagay."

As early as now, Jodi already allows her son to be exposed in the industry that she's been with for more than a decade. However, she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press that this does not mean she also wants Thirdy to become part of local showbiz.

"Mas focus muna siya sa school ngayon. Mas priority ko sa kanya 'yong pag-aaral niya," the former Tabing Ilog star said. 

If in the future her four year-old son chooses to become a celebrity like her, Jodi said she will give her full support. 

"Hindi ko naman sinasabi na hindi forever mag-aartista si Thirdy, kung 'yon talaga ang gusto niya, e. Kasi, exposed siya, dinadala ko siya sa taping, dinadala ko siya sa shooting, ganyan. So, hindi malayo na magustuhan niya ang ginagawa ko. Pero siyempre, hangga't ngayon na bata pa siya, mas okay siguro muna sa amin na mag-school siya," she explained.

Are there any plans to have another baby in the family?

"Wala pa naman po. Wala pa po sa plano. I think kapag ready na po kami to have another baby. Pero definitely, not any time," answered Jodi.

Thirdy already joined his mom in a TV commercial for a milk brand that Jodi endorses.

SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND. Many noticed that Jodi has been very visible lately. After her stint on the defunct ABS-CBN teleserye Tanging Yaman, the actress would be seen in the upcoming TV series of Piolo Pascual and child star Zaijian Jaranilla titled Noah.

Jodi said she is just fortunate to have been given such blessings. She added, "Parang nagkakataon na lahat ng ino-offer, lahat ng mga nagagawa ko, 'yon ang gusto kong gawin. E, ako naman kasi, totoo, e, walang malaki or maliit na role. Ang tinitingnan ko ay 'yong importante, 'yong essence ng character."

Jodi also mentioned the things she learned from her married life, which she sometimes uses to motivate herself at work.