Jackie Rice looked very pretty on the set of Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka, which PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) visited last July 2.
Wearing a patterned, sleeved mini-dress accented by a wide belt, Jackie sat with us after shooting one of her scenes.
The first topic was her weight— 99 lbs.
She remarked, "Siyempre sa TV, payat dapat," since the screen adds about 10 pounds to a person's weight.
To get this figure, she became religious in "boxing" and followed her "no rice" policy.
Jackie added, "Pero ngayon, nag-rice na ako, gusto ko din tumaba, konti lang. Pero ganito na 'ata talaga."
Interestingly, it is this exact figure that got the attention of FHM-dom the nation over.
Press reporters teased her, "Kinarir niya for FHM..."
But the Kapuso actress just laughed, and promised, "Ika-karir ko next year... pero malaking tulong din naman yung kasama ka sa FHM."
She meant that even if she placed only no. 7 in the coveted Sexiest Woman in the World list of the men's magazine, she was the one selected for the July cover.
Fellow Kapuso Sam Pinto bagged the top spot, and Jackie said of her, "Mabait naman si Sam."
Since her 2010 ranking as no. 11, then her 2011 ranking as no. 9, Jackie has slowly been making her mark with her lithe, well-toned figure.
Right now, her character Erika in Kasalan Bang Ibigin Ka is struggling to define, "kung paano niya i-treat si Jaime," played by Michael de Mesa.
Erika is married to him, but they have yet to share the marital bed.
Jaime, clearly enamored by Erika, really wants to start a family.
But Jackie's character is still unpredictable.
The StarStruck 4 winner related, "Si Erika, minsan naman wants to be the wife she should be, like this week, ipagluluto niya si Jaime, which ends up with unexpected drastic results.
"Other times naman, ilag siya when Jaime wants to initiate holding her. Pero ibang times naman, she allows it."
Of her role, she said, "Aaminin ko, nahirapan ako dito. Pero I think, nag-mature naman ako as an actress. Siyempre, may mga improvement at pagbabagong nangyayari."
Is she happy with the way things are going for her?
"Sa FHM, sa soap, sa Bubble Gang, ang dami-dami nangyayari. Panay maganda, di ko ine-expect."
And she's very happy that she has already reached her goals for 2012. "Oo, sobrang na reach ko na yun," Jackie affirmed.
What else does she want to achieve?
With a laugh, she answered, "May bahay na ako, 'yan lang naman yung goal ko dati, bahay at kotse."
Turning serious, she said, "Acting award, ayan na. Gusto ko yun. Pero hindi naman ako nagmamadali, marami pa akong dapat mapatunayan."