Coming right on the heels of a series of misfortunes among showbiz figures, veteran star Jaclyn Jose has expressly told her daughter Andi Eigenmann to leave showbiz once she can.
Jaclyn’s sentiment was sparked by the recent health incidents, among them was the death of directors Wenn Deramas and Francis Pasion due to cardiac arrest and talent coordinator Cornelia Lee’s massive heart attack.
Since then, several quarters and individuals have been vocal in campaigning to change the long working hours in showbiz since such conditions are supposed to be one of the reasons for the rampant health-related incidents.
Jaclyn, in an interview with PEP, admitted that she is one of those who are active in enacting change in the business.
“Natatakot ako, siyempre. Nakakaalarma. Nakakatakot. Considering na mula nang nag-artista ako, hindi ako tumitigil up to now,” said Jaclyn, who has been in the business for 30 years now.
According to Jaclyn, a certain “group” is currently pushing to change the working environment both in TV and film productions.
“We’re working on it. Aware na rin naman ang taga-production at taga-networks eh. We’re working on it… me and my group are working on it to do something about it,” she said while dodging questions to reveal who are the members of the “group” that she was talking about.
Jaclyn claimed that the incidents have led her to talk to her daughter Andi “not to let Ellie enter show business.”
“I want my children to live a long life and be happy because, the next day, hindi mo na nae-enjoy ang life mo because puyat ka nga, di ba?” she said.
Jaclyn continued, “So, sinasabihan ko si Andi na, ‘Anak, mag-ipon ka nang mag-ipon hangga’t mas maaga. At kung maaari na makalabas ka dito sa mundong ito, gawin mo, kasi alam ko kung paano ma-trap dito dahil nangyari sa akin.’”
The seasoned star waxed a little emotional as she related her “dreams” for her two children to have “a regular life.”
“I told them, 'Ang dream ko sa inyo, to have a family, a regular life, a normal life because our life, hindi normal.' Ang dream ko sa kanila, magtapos sa kolehiyo, magkaroon ng pamilya, huwag mag-cheat sa asawa, manatili sa bahay, maghapunan nang sabay-sabay, manalangin, manood ng palabas na gusto nila, matulog nang masarap, gumising kinabukasan nang masaya,” she said.
What was Andi’s response to her request?
“Nag-a-agree siya,” said Jaclyn.