Among Jak Roberto's reasons for entering showbiz six years ago was his desire to give the best life for his mom Marlin Roberto.
“Si Mommy relax-relax na lang,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview after the presscon last March 5, for GMA-7’s new afternoon drama series Contessa.
The 24-year-old Jak went on to say that he’s glad he and his sister Sanya Lopez are financially stable enough to provide for their mom’s needs.
“Magkahati kami ni Sanya sa gastos. Kami na rin nag-aayos ng mga bills.”
Jak was only five years old when his dad died due to heart attack. His mom is currently based in Bulacan, while Jak and Sanya have been residing in Manila since they started working.
In the January 2017 episode of GMA-7's Tunay Na Buhay, Jak recalled doing odd jobs like repainting tombstones at his hometown’s cemetery during All Soul’s Day.
Jak was paid 25 pesos for each tombstone, and earned as much as 300 pesos back during his elementary days.
Then in 2011, he landed his first showbiz break via Walang Tulugan, the now-defunct Kapuso late-night show hosted by the late German Moreno, or better known as Kuya Germs.
Before this, he was a model.
SHOWBIZ MENTOR. To this day, Jak considers Kuya Germs as his best mentor.
Talking about what he learned from Kuya Germs, he said, “Yung commitment mo sa trabaho, dapat hindi masira. Yung galang mo at respeto sa co-actors. Yung pagiging punctual.”
Jak added that he will always be grateful to the late Master Showman.
“Pumasok ako ng Walang Tulugan nang hindi nagpe-perform talaga.
“Hindi ako kumakanta sa maraming tao, kumakanta ako sa videoke lang, pero hindi ganun kagaling. Hindi ako nakakasayaw. Hindi ako nakakapag-host.
“Si Kuya Germs ang nag-open ng pintuan para sa akin hanggang sa marating ko ‘to.”
How does he feel about waiting for the right TV project?
“Patience talaga. Marami talagang nag-aantay nang sobrang tagal bago nila makuha yung project na ibibigay sa kanila.
“For me, hanggang ginagawa mo yung trabaho mo nang maayos, mahal mo yung trabaho mo, naniniwala ako na makukuha mo yung right project para sa ‘yo.”
Slowly but surely, Jak's patience has paid off.
Dubbed as GMA-7's "Pambansang Abs," he was cast as one of the four leading men of Barbie Forteza in the top-rating 2017 Kapuso romantic-comedy series Meant To Be.
NEXT ACTION STAR? Then he got chosen to be Glaiza de Castro's leading man for GMA-7’s new afternoon drama series Contessa, beginning on March 19.
He plays the role of Santiago "Jong" Generoso, Jr., a criminology student and self-proclaimed protector of Glaiza’s character whom he is secretly in love with.
According to Jak, his role entails a lot of action scenes with the villains in the series played by Geoff and Gabby Eigenmann.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa GMA na ni-launch nila ako bilang action star dito—na pinapangarap ng marami.
“Na ako naman, pag tinatanong nila ako, hindi ko nababanggit na gusto kong mag-action.
“Pero na-enjoy ko siya habang nag-taping. Kaya ko pala.”
How does he reward himself for his hard work?
Jak replied, smiling, "Last year, nakabili ako ng pick-up. Kasi sa trabaho namin kailangan ng mataas na sasakyan.
"Yung ginagamit ko, kotse, so kailangan ko mag-upgrade.
"Sabi ko, siguro naman deserve ko na bumili nito kasi gagamitin ko sa trabaho and at the same time parang bonus ko na rin sa sarili ko."