Jake Roxas is glad about getting another chance at showbiz.
Jake Roxas started out in showbiz during the late ‘90s doing teenybopper roles. He was said to be on his way to leading man status just like Richard Gomez and Aga Muhlach, but his career took a sudden setback and he faded away from the limelight.
After staging a comeback with Imortal, he’s now part of the upcoming teleserye Maria La Del Barrio top-billed by Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee. During the press conference of the drama series, Jake said he never regretted his decision to leave showbiz to become a family man. “Wala namang regret. May pinili kasi akong iba kaya hindi ko narating ‘yun. Hindi ko ginamit ‘yung aking baraha at pinili ko ‘yung mas maayos. Happy naman ako na nandito na ako as Kapamilya. Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa kanila. Natutuwa ako na natutuwa sila sa trabaho ko at nabibigyan pa rin nila ako ng trabaho.” Jake now has three kids aged fifteen, ten, and nine years old.
He explained that he wanted his kids to grow up with him always present instead of him being caught up in showbiz commitments. “Laki kasi ako sa lola. Nasanay akong wala ‘yung magulang ko. Ayoko namang mangyari rin ‘yun sa mga anak ko. Kaya iniwan ko ‘yung showbiz para makasama ko ‘yung mga anak ko.”
But he eventually missed acting, and when he decided to come back, he was fortunate enough to get help from Direk Chito Roño who got him two teleseryes. “Nung ready na ako mag-showbiz uli, I was lucky kasi nakita ako ni Direk Chito at inalok niya ako ng role sa Magkano ang Iyong Dangal? Sumunod dun ‘yung Imortal, at ngayon kasama ako sa Maria La Del Barrio. Mas happy akong magtrabaho ngayon kasi tunay acting ang gusto kong ipakita.”
Jake was asked to clear up the rumor that the reason he went missing from the limelight for a while was because of his attitude problem. The actor explained, “Nung time na ‘yun kasi, ‘yung manager ko galing sa advertising. Wala kami masyadong kakilala sa showbiz. E may mga natapakan, kaya ayun napaginitan kami. Hindi ko pa alam kung paano maglaro dati so maraming nambato. Bata pa ako nun. Pagbalik ko, humingi na rin ako ng sorry. Kaya ngayon nakabalik na ako.”