Despite persistent rumors linking Jodi Sta. Maria to a former co-star, she refused to say if she’s open to dating ever since her separation with husband Pampi Lacson two years ago. She insisted that she’s happy with her “life in general,” without giving details about her love life. She agreed, however, that she’d be more careful the next time she enters a relationship. “I think. After everything that I’ve been through, siguro kung sino man next na darating sa buhay ko, may karapatan akong sabihin please be careful with my heart,” she said during the grand press conference of her latest series, Be Careful With My Heart, Tuesday, July 3.
Jodi maintained that she’d rather focus on the blessings coming her way than the intrigues involving her at the moment. “Hindi naman ako nainip na magkaroon ng sarili kong teleserye. For the past years nakagawa rin naman ako ng mga proyekto na gusto ko rin naman talaga (Tayong Dalawa, 100 Days To Heaven to name a few). Bonus na lang sa akin ito.”
In Be Careful With My Heart, Jodi plays Maya Dela Rosa, a hard-working girl who’ll do whatever it takes to provide for her family and achieve her dream to become a flight stewardess. Along the way, she is forced to take on different odd jobs until Richard Lim (played by Richard Yap) offers her a job as his daughter’s nanny. “Probinsiyana siya. Very positive outlook niya. Sa kanya walang imposible, lahat ng problema pwede masolusyunan. Handa siyang mag-sacrifice para sa pamilya niya na mahal na mahal niya.”
Jodi is happy to be paired with Richard Yap since they’d be offering something new to the Kapamilya viewers. “Nakagawa naman ako ng love stories before. Nagkaroon na rin naman ako ng love teams. Pero this time, hindi siya heavy drama, light drama na may situational comedy. So it’s exciting to see how the viewers will respond to my on screen team-up with Richard.”
In the meantime, the actress has been receiving praises from local media for her impressive performance in the indie film, Migrante, where she played an overseas Filipino worker who gets sexually abused. Asked if she’s expecting to be recognized by award-giving bodies for the said role, she simply replied, “Sino ba namang artista ang hindi magho-hope man lang na magka-award sa proyekto na ginawa niya? Kung hindi man, bonus na rin yun. Pero at least natutuwa ako na nakagawa ako ng proyekto with Direk Joel Lamangan na isang napakagaling na director.”
Be Careful With My Heart premieres on July 9, before It's Showtime in ABS-CBN’s Prime-Tanghali.
Jodi Sta. Maria to her future boyfriend: 'Please be careful with my heart'
Jodi Sta. Maria keeps mum about her love life, but agrees that she'd be more careful the next time she falls in love again.