Young actress Iwa Moto is happy that her StarStruck batchmate Jackie Rice has decided to revive her showbiz career.
"Good!" exclaimed Iwa when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with her backstage at SOP last Sunday, October 28. "Nami-miss ko na din siya. Sana maging okay ulit lahat para sa kanya."
JACKIE'S RETURN. Iwa and Jackie both gained popularity when they joined GMA-7's talent-search reality show, StarStruck, during its 2005-2006 season.
Jackie eventually won the top prize while Iwa was named the first-runner up or First Princess, as she was called. Fame and projects quickly followed for both Jackie and Iwa. But while the two neophytes were enjoying their newfound popularity, they were also caught off-guard by the responsibilities expected of them as public figures.
Iwa and Jackie were hounded by intrigues, often related to their alleged "pasaway" attitude towards work and towards their co-workers. Much has been said about their reported notorious partying and its effect on their personal and professional lives.
As it turned out, the rumors did have a grain of truth. Their home network frequently meted out suspensions and other forms of disciplinary action to rein them in.
Iwa apparently managed to outgrow her rebellious phase and stick to showbiz. In contrast, the sweet-looking Jackie disappeared from show business for several months.
Last October 20, Jackie appeared in Startalk and announced her willingness to stage a comeback. During the interview, Jackie became emotional and attributed her long absence to the intolerable pressure of being a celebrity.
Jackie lamented, "Hindi ko alam, e, kasi 'pag lumalabas ako [sinasabi nila] pasaway ka, matigas ang ulo mo. 'Pag tahimik ka naman, buntis. Parang ang pangit pangit na ng tingin sa ‘kin ng tao.
"Mahirap po, e, kasi hindi ko alam kung paano ang tamang galaw dito. Kung ano ‘yung way mo para maganda yung tingin sa ‘yo ng tao," Jackie sobbed to Startalk hosts Butch Francisco and Lorna Tolentino.
SUPPORTIVE FRIEND. Iwa clearly sympathizes with Jackie. Being a newcomer herself, she fully understands the back-breaking demands of the business. She also knows that to survive, one should muster enough strength to survive the punches.
"I wish her all the best kasi parang kapatid ko na si Jackie, parang bunsong kapatid ko na siya," Iwa said endearingly. "Siyempre pinagdadasal ko na maging maayos na ulit yung career niya, yung lahat para sa buhay niya."
Iwa laughed hard when asked to give sisterly advice to Jackie.
"Kapatid advice? Pareho tayong pasaway, gumaya ka sa 'kin, mabait na ko ngayon."