Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson admits that acting for a horror movie is not really her forte. However, this did not hinder her from starring in the fourth episode of Cinco titled "Paa."
The Kapamilya actress, who first experienced doing a suspense project for ABS-CBN’s defunct TV series Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara, said she just treated her character in the movie as a challenge in her acting career.
"Siguro ang masasabi ko ’yong drama po talaga ang comfort zone ko. ’Yong horror naman po kasi hindi siya parang everyday na ginagawa ko, hindi po ako palaging nabibigyan ng horror na project. So, ngayon po, mas challenging po sa akin ito ngayon kasi nangangapa po ako ngayon, e. Kasi, mas sanay po ako sa drama dahil ’yon ang orientation ko," she said in a media junket for the episode "Paa" at Aristocrat Restaurant in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City last July 1.
Jodi is cast as the loving mother of child star Barbie Sabino in this upcoming horror film of Star Cinema.
She also mentioned that she was initially nervous during their first taping days. She thanks her director, Enrico Santos, for giving her tips on how to improve her portrayal of the character.
Jodi related, "Siyempre, ginawa po namin, pinag-usapan po namin ni Direk Enrico, finallow-up po namin sa isa’t isa kung ano’ng gusto niyang mangyari sa character ko. ’Yon na lang po ang ginawa kong basehan."
She added, "Nakakatuwa po siyang director kasi binibigyan ka niya ng freedom. May sarili kang interpretation ng character, hindi lang kung ano ang naiisip niya. Meron ka ring kumbaga sariling atake kung paano mo gagawin, parang kino-collaborate na lang niya sa gusto niyang mangyari."
The actress also pointed out that the shots of Direk Enrico, who is a neophyte in making a mainstream movie, helped in making their episode more frightful. Jodi described, "Very creative po siya, nakakatuwa. Ang galing, ang gaganda ng shots niya na kapag pinanood mo parang ang picturesque lang ng mga shots niya."
"Paa" is one of the five episodes of the upcoming horror flick Cinco. Joining Jodi in this episode are Barbie Sabino (as Ana Dayos) and Sharmaine Centenera.
The episodes of Cinco are as follows:
Episode 1 - "Braso" starring Robi Domingo, AJ Perez, Sam Concepcion, Baron Geisler, Kristel Moreno and Fred Payawan
Episode 2 - "Mata" starring Rayver Cruz and Maja Salvador
Episode 3 - "Mukha" starring Mariel Rodriguez
Episode 4 - "Paa" starring Jodi Sta. Maria
Episode 5 - "Puso" starring Pokwang, Zanjoe Marudo and Bangs Garcia
Cinco will have its premiere on July 13 at Cinema 10 of SM Megamall. This Star Cinema horror film will open in 100 theaters nationwide on July 14, 2010.