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Jake Ejercito reveals why he didn’t join showbiz right away: ‘I prioritized my daughter’

‘Marry Me Marry You’ actor Jake Ejercito shares how excited he is for his first major project with ABS-CBN this year.

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05/02/2021 02:29 PM
Jake Ejercito reveals why he didn’t join showbiz right away: ‘I prioritized my daughter’
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As part of the new cast of the upcoming lighthearted family soap Marry You Marry Me, Jake Ejercito shared that he is excited to finally be able to act in his first teleserye project since joining the Star Magic family last June. During the Welcome Kapamilya media conference last April 30, Jake shared how his journey with ABS-CBN actually started last year. 

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“Actually ang haba ng pinagdaanan. I actually met the bosses it was a few days before the lockdown. It was a meeting with the understanding na pipirma na and everything. Kaso nga lang naudlot ng pandemic and it took a year bago natuloy. I guess because of what happened last year, not only the pandemic but also the shutdown of the franchise, everyone just waited for things to settle down. The dynamics of the industry medyo nagkagulo din kasi. I guess now the time is right and everyone found a balance na. I’m just really excited because I’ve been waiting for quite a while, more than a year almost. So talagang I’m really excited to start acting and go to work and meeting all the people on cam and behind the cam. I’ve met a couple of kapamilyas na and feeling ko I belong,” he said. 

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Doing the movie Coming Home last year was a turning point for the 31-year-old actor who admitted he did not initially consider following his parent’s footsteps into showbiz.

“My first ever appearance on TV I was still in college and I was based abroad so hindi ko magawa lahat ng offers and I was also very reluctant talaga nung time na yun. Hindi ko sure kung anong gusto kong gawin sa buhay and being a young dad din I prioritized my daughter. By last year when I actually did the movie Coming Home I realized why not give this a try? Why not try it seriously naman. By doing that film yun yung nakapagpa-decide sa akin talaga,” he explained.

Jake has a nine-year-old daughter named Ellie with former girlfriend  Andi Eigenmann. 

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“Actually growing up talaga I was exposed to two worlds, the world of showbiz and politics. Growing up it was either or of the two. At first I really wanted to follow my dad’s footsteps when it becomes to being a public servant. Yun talaga yung gusto ko before. But somewhere along the way I got disillusioned with our system here in the Philippines and yung pagpasok sa showbiz talagang it’s been at the back of my head lang ever since. Pero hindi ako pinayagan kasi gusto ng parents ko prioritize muna studies ko. Pero nandiyan lang siya talaga. Never nawala yung interest ko sa pagpasok sa showbiz,” Jake explained.

Jake said he feels honored to be part of the love triangle in Marry Me Marry You along with Janine Gutierrez and Paulo Avelino. 

When I got the offer to do this project and I saw the cast I would be working with, it was so overwhelming, exciting, and nerve-wracking at the same time. I’m so grateful sa Dreamscape for giving me this chance. Maganda ang story niya kasi it’s what the viewers need ngayon kasi itong show it’s not your typical drama. It’s lighter than usual. So feeling ko maganda yung time na ito yung mai-offer natin sa mga viewers natin ngayon,” he said.