Jodi Sta. Maria can’t wait for people to see her share the big screen with her dashing leading men Ian Veneracion and Richard Yap via The Achy Breaky Hearts.
The 33-year-old actress feels grateful that the three of them have their fair share of fans at a time when most popular love teams are in their teens or early 20s.
“Siguro nasanay tayo before na ang tandem mas bata.
“So, ngayon at least kahit na mas may edad kami, may mga nakaka-relate din na kaedaran namin doon sa mga love stories na pinapapakita namin sa mga programa na ginawa namin,” Jodi told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and two other reporters in a recent press launch for her new product endorsement.
Jodi worked with Ian, 41, in the ABS-CBN primetime drama Pangako Sa ‘Yo and the 2015 Metro Manila Film Fest entry All You Need Is Pag-ibig.
She was also paired with Richard for more than two years in the hit daytime series, Be Careful With My Heart.
GOOD FRIENDS WITH IAN AND RICHARD. If there’s any secret to her teamup with both good-looking men, Jodi said it’s the fact that she’s just good friends with them.
“It helps na alam mo na yung katrabaho mo friend mo lang. Wala kang emotional attachment.
“Because sometimes nangyayari, kunwari girlfriend-boyfriend nag-a-away, tapos yung eksena sweet.
“Sometimes mapi-feel mo pa rin na merong tension sa kanila, e.
“So, maganda rin na talagang walang emotional attachment.”
Off cam, how would she differentiate Ian from Richard?
Jodi replied, smiling, “Si Richard kasi siya yung tipo na kapag magkasama kami, siya yung kalog, mahilig mang-alaska. Yun ang aming rapport.
“With Ian, kami naman yung tipo na we talk about anything under the sun.
“And natutuwa ako na pareho ko silang kaibigan.”
Jodi is looking forward to being face-to-face with both Ian and Richard in a movie scene.
“Nakakatuwa sila kasama pareho, especially si Ian na nakasama ko siya ngayon na mas light yung ginagawa namin.
“Kasi nanggaling kami sa mabigat na Pangako Sa ‘Yo.
“And it’s so nice to be working with Richard once again.
“Ang hinihintay ko ngayon is yung scenes namin na magkakasama kaming tatlo.
“Ngayon wala pa, e. Ako lang and Ian or me and Richard.”
Asked to choose between Ian and Richard, Jodi laughed and said that moviegoers should watch for whoever she ends up with in Achy Breaky Heart.
She cheerfully exclaimed, “Naku! Yun ang kailangan nilang abangan. Kasi kapag sinabi ko, alam niyo na ang ending.”
"GENIUS" DIRECTOR. Jodi also gives credit to The Achy Breaky Hearts director Antoinette Jadaone for coming up with an exciting romantic-comedy produced by Star Cinema.
"She's very easy to work with. She's actually a genius.
"Alam niya kung anong klaseng kilig yung hinaganap ng mga tao."
(To view photos of JodIan and JoChard, click here: Kilig moments of Richard, Jodi and Ian at The Achy Breaky Hearts movie pictorial)