Jodi Sta. Maria clarified she was just doing her job when she looked surprised upon seeing a topless Joseph Marco in front of her.
This was one of their scenes together in the upcoming Star Cinema movie Dear Other Self.
“Wala namang malisya. May mga bagay lang na kailangan mong gawin para sa eksena,” the ABS-CBN actress told entertainment reporters during their May 4 press conference.
Instead of focusing on Joseph's abs, Jodi said she was more impressed by how her leading man maintained his toned physique.
“Hindi ko na-appreciate yung pandesal,” she said with a laugh.
“Pero ang na-appreciate ko sa kanya is yung process kung paano niya nakuha yung pandesal.
“Kasi, it takes a lot of determination and time to keep your body fit.”
Moviegoers can also expect a similar scene featuring the toned body of Xian Lim.
Jodi quipped, “Yun ang abangan ninyo, ang tagisan ng abs!”
When pressed for more information about the scene, Jodi said, “Ay kailangan panoorin! I cannot spill the beans.
“Kailangang panoorin mo. Basta ang clue dito, may tagisan. Hanggang dun lang ang masasabi ko.”
MESSAGE TO OTHER SELF. Jodi said viewers would be able to relate to her character Becky in Dear Other Self, which will open in cinemas nationwide on May 17.
She described her character by saying, “Becky is a girl na torn between two choices siya.
“She wants to live a life of adventure because she wants to see the world.
“Yung isa naman, paano niya gagawin yun kung mayroon siyang nakataling responsibilidad sa pamilya niya.
“I think, most of us, nagkaroon tayo ng ganung dilemma sa buhay natin—na may mga bagay tayong gusto nating gawin, pero iniisip natin kung paano nating magagawa kung nakatali tayo sa isang obligasyon o isang responsibilidad.
“I think lahat tayo nag-face sa isang crossroads or sa isang critical decision sa life natin, na talagang yun ang maaaring bumago sa buhay ng isang tao.”
If given a chance, what would Jodi tell to her character in the movie?
“Kung si Jodi kakausapin si Rebecca or Becky, siguro sasabihin ko sa kanya na whatever dream na mayroon sa puso niya, don't let go of it right away.
“If she dreams of travelling the world, kahit na at this moment mukhang imposible...
“I truly believe that if God puts a dream in our hearts, it's with an intent to fulfill it and we just have to wait for the right time.
“Sometimes hindi nangyayari yung pinapangarap natin ngayon, but later on in life it will be realized.”