Jackie Rice plunges into first lead role as a pearl diver in Sisid


After her training for Sisid, Jackie can now dive up to 20 feet when doing her scenes as a pearl diver.


Beginning this afternoon, GMA-7 presents the story of a young girl’s pursuit of a lost treasure that she believes will bring her eternal love and stacks of fortune.


Directed by veteran actor Ricky Davao, Sisid features promising young stars Jackie Rice, Dominic Roco, JC Tiuseco, Rich Asuncion, Ynna Asistio and a host of veteran actors and actresses.

In this afternoon series, Jackie brings life to Eden, a loving daughter and the only female pearl diver on their island. The StarStruck Season 3 Ultimate Female Survivor underwent extreme diving lessons and acting workshops to prepare for this challenging role.


She gets three leading men in the series: Dominic Roco as Sigfried, Eden’s one true love; JC Tiuseco as Ahmed, childhood friend of Eden who is secretly wishing for her love; and Ian Batherson as Dexter, Sigfried’s best friend who will also fall for Eden.

In a recently held press conference for Sisid, director Ricky Davao emphasized, "I’m really proud of this project. Pinag-isipan namin mabuti ito. Nag-umpisa ang show na to na si Jackie Rice hindi marunong lumangoy. Lumalim na lumangoy. Nagscu-scuba pa siya...I’m really proud of the cast....

"Ang biyahe po namin three hours papunta doon, three hours pagbalik. Mahirap po sa beach. Napakainit. Mahirap gumalaw. Mahirap maglakad. For the love of the show, para sa publiko, ito pong hinahabol namin sa ngayong tag-ulan at tag-init."

JACKIE’S PREPARATIONS. Your role here is physically and emotionally demanding. How did you handle it? How did you prepare for the role?

Jackie disclosed, "Actually ibang-iba ito sa mga roles ko dati, di ba? More on contrabida lagi...Mahirap siya. Mayroon naman akong experience. Doon ko na lang mina-master [hinuhugot ang emotions].

The young actress was also asked what her most difficult experience was on learning how to swim. She remarked, "Yung sumisid sa malalim. Marunong ako lumangoy pero malalim sumisid, mahirap ’yon. Happy ako na natuto ako." At present, Jackie can dive up to 20 feet.

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Who does the actress like more, Dominic or JC?

To this question, she sweetly stated, "Pareho silang nagpapasaya sa akin sa Sisid.

One particular question raised was on the show’s viewership given the fact that the show will be aired in the afternoon. It was observed that the teledrama shows a lot of sexy bodies and kissing scenes.

Jackie simply said, "Ginawa namin ito pangbata. Yung ugali ni Eden is very naïve...Itong si Edela ay first time ma-in love... pagdating sa Maynila. Makaka-relate ang mga bata nito. Yung sexy eh, hindi naman siya hubad-hubaran. Yung sa isla po, ganyan talaga ang katawan ng mga swimmers...Hindi siya bastusin."

ON WORKING WITH JACKIE. The director and the stars were asked to give their feedback regarding the show’s lead star, Jackie Rice.

Direk Ricky observed, "Yes...100 percent...pinag-uusapan naming mabuti yung mga eksena bago naming gawin... I’m very proud as a director na humuhulma sa kanya... I’m very happy with her performance. Ang sarap katrabaho...."


Dominic sincerely expressed, "Si Jackie Rice po, when it comes to work, she is very professional and dedicated po siya. Masayang katrabaho si Jackie."

Angelu de Leon, who plays Jackie’s mother in the show, remarked "Matagal ko na siyang kilala bilang tao. I’m very comfortable with her. Yung maganda sa kanya, para siyang sponge. Yung sa taping namin, isa siyang malaking acting workshop, di lang para sa kanya kundi para sa akin. Marami akong natutunan from her. Marami rin akong natutunan from Direk Ricky. Ganyan kalalim ng Sisid."

FATHER-AND-SON TANDEM. Veteran actor Bembol Roco was asked regarding his experiences while working with his son Dominic for this project.

"It is very exciting to work with my son in a particular project that we can relate and have scenes together. Obviously, Dominic has the grace and character of being a good actor. It’s just the right time we work together..."

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When Bembol was asked to assess Ricky’s performance as a director, he pointed out: "In all honesty, he is trying his best. Given circumstances na maraming problema, he’s handling it very well. I’m sure he will grow more as a director. At this point, he is doing fine."

Dominic was then asked to describe how it was like to work with his dad Bembol.

The young actor replied, "Kakaibang experience. Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya pagdating sa acting and effortless yung mga eksena nangyayari talaga sa buhay namin."

KONTRABIDAS ON THE RISE. Alicia Mayer is cast as Alona, the ambitious mother of Sigfried while Maricar de Mesa plays Perla, Hamil’s relative.

Alicia Mayer shared, "Well, para sa akin it’s a great privilege. Isang chance na mapakita ko yung ability ko sa acting bilang kontrabida. Ito talaga ang role na gusto ko laging gampanan. Bilang kontrabida, minsan napapakita mo na ang bait-bait mo, minsan napakasama mo. Bigla sa isang araw, tatawa,bigla kang luluha o nanadyak ka ng bata...."

As for Maricar de Mesa, "Sa akin naman, it’s different. Most of the time kontrabida roles na gagampanan ko, sosyal siya, mayaman siya. This time, bakya si Perla [her role]...bakya nang bonggang-bongga sa Sisid."


Sisid airs right after Nita Negrita on GMA-7’s Dramarama sa Hapon.


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