Jackie Rice doesn't want to waste her big break

"Actually, mas naisip ko na tumatanda na ako at hindi ako pabata. Sayang kung hahayaan ko lang, e, may purpose kung bakit ako nanalo sa StarStruck. Hindi naman basta-basta madali yun, e. Mahirap po ang sumali sa StarStruck, so ayoko pong sayangin yun. Yung mga bumoto sa akin, nagtiwala sa akin," says Jackie Rice.


StarStruck Season 3 Ultimate Female Survivor Jackie Rice assumes a mature role in the season-ender of Dear Friend titled "Tisay". Starting this Sunday, April 18, viewers will be able to see Jackie portray a college student named Ella who works as a club dancer named Shiva at night in order support her studies. The afternoon series directed by Jun Lana will air right after Party Pilipinas on GMA-7.

The cast members of Dear Friend Presents Tisay graced the press conference held yesterday, April 14, at Zirkoh Tomas Morato to promote their new show.

How did Jackie prepare for her role as a club dancer?

"Actually, wala akong idea sa mga babaeng ganun. Tinutulungan po ako nina Direk [Jun]. Pag may idea silang maganda, sinasabi nila, so tulungan lang po talaga kami," she says. The director then pointed out that they tapped a dancer to help Jackie internalize her character.

Did she find it difficult to assume this role?

"Uhmm, wala naman pong madali. Pero mapapadali kasi ginusto ko naman po yun, e."

How sexy will she be in this TV series?

"Actually hindi naman po talaga siya sexy. Mas mature lang po yung role niya," says Jackie about her dual roles in Tisay.

In a separate interview after the general press conference, Jackie says that she is glad to accept the role of Tisay. "Medyo daring siya kasi mature na talaga yung role ko ngayon. Hindi na siya pa-tweetums, mas may katuturan na po this time."

WAITING FOR BIG BREAK. Since this is her first time to assume the lead role in a TV series, did she get impatient while waiting for her big break?

"Hindi naman po ako nainip. Actually, habang naghihintay ako, mas natututo ako, di ba? Na ito talaga ang gusto ko."

Was she bothered when she was not being given projects in the past?

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"Oo, na-bother ako!" she says jokingly. "Hindi po. Actually, mas naisip ko na tumatanda na ako at hindi ako pabata. Sayang kung hahayaan ko lang, e, may purpose kung bakit ako nanalo sa StarStruck. Hindi naman basta basta madali yun, e. Mahirap po ang sumali sa StarStruck, so ayoko pong sayangin yun. Yung mga bumoto sa akin, nagtiwala sa akin."

She defended the decision of the Kapuso executives to give more meaty roles to other stars.

"Actually, hindi ko masasabing kinakalimutan ako. Siguro ito lang talaga yung time na dito lang ako nabigyan [ng project]. Siguro alam nila dati matigas pa yung ulo ko, hindi ko pa alam yung gagawin ko. Siyempre, ang network, ayaw nila magsayang, ang dami pong naghihintay," she said.

Jackie went on to say that she felt she wasted many opportunities in the past.

"Marami pong nasayang. Hindi naman po ako nanghinayang kasi parang ang tanda ko naman kung magsisisi ako. Mas binigyan ko lang ng pansin ngayon kasi dati na-suspend din ako. Pagkabalik ko, hindi naman ganun kabilis...Pagkabalik ko, hindi naman sure na may trabaho ako. And sa paghihintay ko naman po, siguro nakita nila na willing na po ako magbago."

ALMOST LEFT SHOWBIZ. The StarStruck alumna also reveals that she almost quit showbiz at that time. In 2006, Jackie was suspended for three months for "conduct unbecoming." She lost the chance to be the lead star of Fantastikids, as well as her slots in Bubble Gang, SOP Gigsters and Startalk.

"Nag-try din akong mag-quit kasi feeling ko, hindi para sa akin 'to. Pero ang daming nagsasabi na, like yung family ko, 'Bakit ka nanalo sa StarStruck kung hindi para sa 'yo 'to?' Pangalawa, nung umiiyak ako, feeling ko, hindi ko kaya yung mga intrigang ganun. Kinausap na ako nila Ma'am Wilma [Galvante], ni Ida Henares ng Artist Center. Tinulungan po nila ako na mag-reform. Sabi nila, 'Hindi natin mamadaliin, dahan-dahan tayo.'"

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PEP asked Jackie to compare her attitude before and her attitude now.

"Yung dati...yung dati kasi gimikera ako," she admits. "Dati akala ko yung gimik tama, na ang trabaho 'andiyan 'yan any time, which is mali ako. Ang gimik, 'yan ang forever na 'andiyan, pero ang trabaho, hindi palaging nandiyan.

"Actually, ayoko nang gumimik ngayon. Wala na sa 'king nakakakita sa gimikan. Ayoko na kasi nakaka-haggard, di ba? Magbibihis ka, pag-uwi magpapalit ka, naka-makeup ka pa...

"Imbes na beauty rest ka na lang para sa trabaho, alam mo yun? Kailangan kasi pag artista ka, hindi ko po alam na dati na pag artista, kailangang maging role model sa kabataan. E, hindi ko nagawa yun, e, which is yun ang malaking pagkakamali ko na ngayon gusto ko nang itama."

LOVE CAN WAIT. Jackie is currently in a relationship with a 25-year-old student named Andrew. She says they have been together for about a month now. Now that she has turned over a new leaf, Jackie says that she will not let her lovelife affect her work.

"Ang love kasi 'andiyan naman anytime, tao rin po ako. Kung maramdaman ko yun, hindi ko naman po ikakahiya yun, hindi ko naman po itatago. So, 'andiyan lang yun. Pero ang trabaho, hindi palaging 'andiyan 'yan. Ang love, 'andiyan lang 'yan.

"Trabaho na po ang priority ko. 'Saka kaya ko na naman po i-balance [pag-ibig at career]," says Jackie with a smile.


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