Jennylyn Mercado admitted that at one point in her life, she experienced what it's like to "gumapang ka sa lusak." For reel or real?
The first StarStruck Ultimate Female Survivor returns to the afternoon block of GMA via Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, a Lino Brocka classic now being helmed for television by Maryo J. Delos Reyes. She is paired for the second time with multi-awarded actor Dennis Trillo, and together they recreate the role originally played on the big screen by Dina Bonnevie and Christopher de Leon.
It will be recalled that the first team-up of Dennis and Jennylyn was in the last story arc of the Now and Forever umbrella titled "Dangal." They also worked together in the primetime fantasy Super Twins but not as partners.
Jennylyn said she is comfortable working with Dennis, but still feels uneasy in the love scenes and the kissing scenes.
"Alam niyo, kinakabahan pa rin ako. Sabihin na nating matagal-tagal na ako sa showbiz pero kahit kay Mark [Herras], kapag love scenes na, may kaba pa rin ako. Pero kailangan, e. Mabuti na lang si Dennis 'yan. Kumportable kami ni Dennis," she explained.
During the presscon for Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak, a general question was asked to all those seated at the presidential table: To whom will they say "gumapang ka sa lusak?"
Almost everyone answered no one except Jennylyn who joked, "Kilala niyo kung sino yun."
Later that day, she clarified that she was just joking.
"Nagbibiro lang ako noon, Tito. Para masaya. Ang serious-serious kasi, e, o di ba natawa sila? Hindi ko naman ito sasabihin sa kahit kanino, kahit sa kanya," she says, referring to Patrick Garcia, the dad of her one-year-old baby.
People might construe this as bitterness on her part and a sign that she has not moved on yet.
"Naku, sila ang hindi makapag-move on, 'no? Tanong sila nang tanong sa akin tungkol kay Patrick, wala na bang ibang matanong sa akin. Parang hindi niyo ba ako nakikita, masaya na ako, o. Tumigil na sana sila, closed book na yun. Nadyu-joke ko na nga, e."
Jennylyn is rearing her child Alex Jazz alone, and she is content being a single mom. One thing she would like to clarify, however, is the rumor that she is not accepting any financial help from Patrick's family for her baby.
"Hindi naman totoo yun. For the record, Tito, wala pong offer kaya wala akong tinatanggihan."
It's a good thing that work continuously pours in, and she feels blessed.
On a separate note, she points out that she is not leaving her manager Becky Aguila.
"Si Tita Becky pa rin ang manager ko. May contract kami hanggang April next year."
What happens after April next year?
"Tanungin niyo ako ulit after next year."