It's hard to find someone who doesn't know Jennylyn Mercado. Catapulted to fame after being named the Ultimate Survivor of Starstruck's first season, Jennylyn has since become a household name and one of the hottest young actresses in showbiz today.
This March, Jennylyn sits down with Cosmopolitan magazineto share her stories of survival. She refuses to talk about the traumatic childhood that left her physically and emotionally battered, saying, "Hindi ko na maalala ‘yung mga nasa isip ko n'ung mga panahon na ‘yun at di ko na rin iniisip ‘yung mga pangyayaring ‘yun."
She has since buried the hatchet and moved on with her life, especially after her aunt Lydia Mercado legally adopted and raised her. "Okay na ako basta andiyan lang mommy ko," she shares.
Mommy Lydia was also present that afternoon when Cosmo shot Jennylyn for their cover. In a shoot that required three outfits instead of the usual two, Jennylyn struck the Cosmo staff as quiet but responsive. "It was a fast shoot," says Red de Leon, art director of Cosmopolitan Magazine, "She was very cooperative and easy to work with, and of course, maganda na kasi talaga siya." Editorial assistant Joanne Go agrees, "Hindi siya maarte at all."
Keeping things real has contributed to Jennylyn's staying power, because while winning in Starstruck made her entry into showbiz much easier, the ride did not prove to be smooth sailing all the way. Plagued by intrigues left and right, Jennylyn has learned to shrug these off. "Hindi ko na lang sila pinapansin, tutal hindi naman sila totoo," she says.
Find out more about the challenges Jennylyn has survived by grabbing your copy of the March issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, now available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands nationwide at P125 per copy.