Mariel Rodriguez feels lucky as a stepmother

Mariel Rodriguez says she is beginning to become friends with Robin Padilla's daughters.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

5/18/2011 8:36 AM
Mariel Rodriguez feels lucky as a stepmother


051811-mariel_main.jpgWhen she married Robin Padilla in August of last year, Mariel Rodriguez not only had to become a wife to the famous action star fifteen years her senior, but she also needed to be a good stepmother to her husband’s children from a previous marriage. In an interview with Push.com.ph, Mariel admitted that at first she had so many fears about being a stepmom to Robin’s kids. “Siyempre nung start, hindi ko rin alam kung paano pakikisama ko sa kanila. Kasi, first time ko ma-experience ang maging stepmom.”

Mariel also grew up having a stepmom so she based how she treated Robin’s kids from her own experiences, especially with Robin’s teenage daughters Kylie and Queenie who are pursuing showbiz careers. Mariel shared, “Ang maganda nito, may iisa kaming passion in this industry—na makapagpasaya ng ibang tao. Nandyan na rin ‘yung vanity. Nandiyan na rin ‘yung sa age, na mas naiintindihan ko sila. Mas maganda kasi yung natural na pakikisama to them.”

The TV host/actress added that she appreciates it very much that both Kylie and Queenie respect her as a stepmom. “Textmates kami. Minsan, kung gusto nila to get in touch with Robin, they text me first. Talagang mababait 'yang mga batang 'yan."

Mariel couldn’t help but be thankful that she didn’t have to go through the difficulties often experienced by stepmothers, similar to the story of the movie she recently saw. “I remember the movie Madrasta ni Ate Shawie [Sharon Cuneta], Mariel ang pangalan ni Mega doon. Sabi ko, parang what a coincidence. Si Claudine [Barretto] dun, parang mean siya, so puwedeng mangyari. And may lolo rin sila dun. Memorize ko yung movie na yun, grabe!

Following their wedding in India, Mariel and Robin began shooting the movie Tum: My Pledge of Love which also starred Queenie. The shoot paved the way for Mariel and Queenie to get to know each other. “Mas nauna ko nakilala si Kylie kesa kay Queenie. Si Queenie kasi, sa India ko na nakilala during the shoot nung Tum: My Pledge of Love. Sa araw-araw na magkasama kami sa India dun kami naging okay ni Queenie.”

Now that Kylie is in a teleserye, Mariel would often give tips to her especially about makeup. “Mahilig 'yang mag-makeup si Kylie at magaling siya. Sabi ko nga sa kanya, bakit hindi siya mag-makeup artist. Dati kasi gusto ko rin ‘yun. Sabi sa akin ni Robin, 'Ano ba 'yang advice na mga ibinibigay mo? Pinag-aral ko 'yan sa magagandang school, tapos makeup artist lang? Dapat on-cam at workshop ini-advise mo sa kanila.’ Ha ha ha!