On Aquino and Abunda Tonight, Jodi Sta. Maria talked about what host Boy Abunda called the “special chemistry” between her and her co-star Ian Veneracion in Pangako Sa’Yo. Jodi said, “Hindi ko in-expect na magkakakiligan kami ‘pag nasa eksena and ‘pag nakikita ko siya kinikilig na ako sa kanya.”
Jodi also shared that when she was offered the role of Amor Powers, she got scared. “Hindi ko alam ang gagawin ko dahil talagang iconic at malaking character (si Amor.)” She said it was a relief that the directors and creative team gave them “liberty na bumuo ng bago naming character.”
Jodi recounted that in getting into Amor’s character, the directors and the creative team sat down with her to create what she calls “a character map.” Jodi explained what a character map is, “yung paano si Amor ‘pag natakot at na-in love. Paano siya as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend. Binubuo lahat ng emotions. Anong mga beliefs niya, paano ‘pag nagagalit siya. Anong beliefs, aspirations, dreams niya.”
Jodi commended the team behind Pangako Sa ’yo. “It’s really a collective effort.”
To sum up who Amor is as a character, Jodi said, “Amor De Jesus is meek and humble. Amor Powers is vengeful.”
Jodi revealed it also took a while before she could snap out of being Maya, her role in the acclaimed and well-received Kapamilya serye Be Careful With My Heart, which ran for more than two years. Direk Olive Lamasan took painstaking efforts to make sure Jodi doesn’t revert to being Maya while they were doing her scenes in Pangako Sa ’Yo.
Jodi also said it’s likely she wouldn’t be taking any other roles while she’s doing Pangako Sa ’Yo because she wants to give a hundred percent to a role she’s committed herself to.
Host Kris Aquino also enthused about Jodi as Amor in Pangako Sa’Yo. “Two days ko nang napapanood, hindi bumibitiw. The characterization, the longing dun sa mata. Kanina sabi ko oh my God it mirrors every piece of your heart if you’ve ever fallen in love.” Kris continued, “Before I was a fan, but now I am a fanatic.”
Kris also shared that because of Jodi’s character as Amor she now wants to take up pottery. “You made me want to try pottery.” Kris also asked Jodi about her fitness regimen but Jodi said, ‘baka sa lighting lang ni direk. I don't work out but I watch what I eat. I only eat fruits and veggies.”