Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion recount past heartbreaks

Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion both admitted that like their characters Chinggay and Frank in The Achy Breaky Hearts, they have also experienced heartbreaks.


Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion admit that both of them have had their share of heartbreaks.

Without going into details, Ian said that he had his heart broken during his early days in show business as a teen actor.

He recalled, "Siyempre bilang artista, kapag mag aask ka for a date, hindi.

"Manliligaw ka at makita ka ng parents, automatic yun, walang tiwala sa 'yo.

"[Sasabihin nila,] 'Kasi showbiz yan, artista yan, maraming babae yan, baka drug addict pa yan! Lolokohin ka lang niyan.'

"Parang nakikita ko sa mata ng nililigawan ko, ganoon agad, e. In that respect, I think it's harder for an actor."

On the other hand, Jodi said that heartaches do not only revolve around romantic involvements.

She said, "Sa palagay ko, sa lahat naman ng taong nagmamahal eh imposibleng hindi tayo ma-heartbroken. And yung pagbe-break ng heart is not just limited to romantic relationships.

"Even friends can break our hearts, co-workers, but yun na nga, it should not hinder us from losing faith in loving again.

"If ever something does not work out, let's charge it to experience and then good thing is we become wiser the next time."

How were they able to overcome these heartbreaks?

Ian said, "Wala, iisipin ko kahit na sino pa, kahit ano nararamdaman ko pa, isang iyak ka lang. Tapos na, move on."

While for Jodi, "Lahat ng pain na nangyayari sa atin, everything that we go through, our failures, our heartbreaks, they will serve a purpose.

"Maybe we don't understand now why it's happening but one day, it will make sense.

"It’s up to you whether you dwell on your situations or you stand up and you walk and you move on."

The JodIan tandem recounted this during the Team Tisoy Media Day for their movie The Achy Breaky Hearts last June 16 at the ELJ Building, ABS-CBN compound.

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Jodi and Ian were asked about heartbreaks in connection with the characters they play in their new film The Achy Breaky Hearts, which will open in cinemas on June 29.

In the story, Jodi plays Chinggay, a 30-something woman who has remained single for the past seven years. On the other hand, Ian's character Ryan has also experienced heartbreak with his ex-girlfriend.

The conflict starts when Chinggay becomes torn between the love offered by Ryan and her ex-boyfriend Frank (Richard Yap) who returns to woo her again.

Ian then noted the differences of his character and Frank.

He said, "Yung character ko kasi sa movie, hindi ako masyadong well-off.

"Mayroon akong sariling maliit na business pero down-to-earth, very grounded na person whereas si Richard, very successful na businessman, pormal.

"He's good at public speaking and in terms of financial success, mas successful pa siya.

"Pero kami ni Chinggay, masaya lang kami. We don't have to eat in an expensive restaurant. Sa carinderia, masaya kami."

In the movie, Jodi and Ian are working with hugot movie director Antoinette Jadaone, whom they have worked with already in the 2015 MMFF entry All You Need is Pag-ibig.

BOX OFFICE PRESSURE. Jodi and Ian first worked as a love team in the defunct TV series Pangako Sa 'Yo, wherein their pair-up was warmly accepted by audiences.

Does the JodIan tandem feel pressure to match the success of their TV project with this new movie?

Jodi, for her part, said that she wanted to concentrate more on her craft more than thinking of box-office sales.

She reasoned out, "Kasi kung iisipin ko pa yung magiging outcome, it will only create worry and anxiety on my part, so as much as possible we wanted to be at peace.

"Sa akin talaga parang as long as we've done our part, we did our best, we put our effort and heart into this project, yun yung part namin.

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"And I always believed na the success of this film will always come from the Lord. Kumbaga yung project na to, sinurrender ko na sa kanya."

Ian added, "At saka parang hindi naman namin mako-control kung manunuod o hindi pero mako-control namin yung professionalism namin, doing the best in every scene so that's what we work on. Hopefully magbunga naman ng maganda."


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