Jodi Sta. Maria will be seen again on television for ABS-CBN’s new primetime series, 100 Days to Heaven.
She is cast as Sophia, the daughter of Joel Torre’s character. Sophia tries to help Anna Manalastas (portrayed by Coney Reyes and Xyriel Manabat) complete her mission before she runs out of time.
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Jodi says about her character, "First time kong magkaroon ng role na scam artist at nakakatawa.
"Kasi every now and then, nag-iiba ang itsura ko at kailangan kong gumawa ng ’kalokohan’ para sa kapatid ko na may sakit. Kailangan ko kasing tustusan ang pagpagamot niya sa ospital.
"Since mahirap lang kami, yun lang ang nakikita kong way para kumita ng pera."
Does she find it distracting to bring along her son, Thirdy, to the set of her new show?
"No, sanay na ako," Jodie replied.
"Kasi noong ginagawa ko ang Walang Kapalit (2007), six months old pa lang siya nun. Kasama ko na talaga siya and he does his own thing.
"If I’m practicing my lines, he plays with the other kids and hindi naman siya nagiging pabigat.
"Nag-e-enjoy nga ako na alam kong nandito siya at kasama ko siya imbes na iiwan ko siya sa bahay.
"Hindi siya naiinip kasi nandiyan si Louise [Abuel, who plays Kevin in the show] and si Xyriel [Manabat] na kalaro niya.
Will she allow Thirdy to join showbiz in the future?
"Wala namang problema sa akin as long as matapos niya ang school niya," said Jodi.
What are their plans for Mother’s Day?
"Actually, mayroon akong show on Mother’s Day then, after nun, magde-date kami ni Thirdy, kaming dalawa lang.
"Siguro kakain lang kami sa labas then dadalhin ko siya sa amusement centers."
According to Jodi, one of her long-term goals is to finish college.
"Siguro, ten years from now, I’ll be a doctor by then.
"I want to take up Medical Biology as my pre-med [pre-medical course]. Dati ko pang pangarap yun, and sobrang excited akong i-announce at sobrang excited ako na makapasok ng school sa June.
"Alam kong hindi magiging madali because I’m working and we all know how demanding how school and work can be. But yun ang challenge para sa akin, para matapos."
She declined to say what school she plans to enter.
Does she plan to leave showbiz when she becomes a doctor?
"Hindi rin. Pero siguro once in a while [tatanggap pa rin ng project]. Kakayanin pa rin."
How does she deal with controversies being hurled at her now?
"I smile and say thank you," said Jodi, as a way of ending the interview.