After the success of her Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 entry The Boy Foretold By the Stars which she produced with her Creative Minds Inc. co-producers Derick Cabrido and Omar Sortijas, Jodi Sta. Maria said she is happy to be part of the film’s series sequel called Love Under the Stars which starts streaming on iWantTFC on August 16.
“Every story naman talaga is worth telling ‘di ba and maganda din talaga yung mga dramatic points ng pelikula. The characters are so relatable. Alam mo yung kilala natin sila. I guess that’s why when you watch it, it has that effect on you. It is a person’s heart that you’re watching eh. It’s their story there and regardless of gender or race or social status, parang love is really universal,” she shared during the Love Beneath the Stars mediacon held last August 9.
The 39-year-old actress, who produced her first project in 2019 with the iWant original series My Single Lady which starred her with leading men Ian Veneracion and Zanjoe Marudo, revealed the challenges behind producing their hugely successful BL film which received 12 nominations and won three awards during the 2020 MMFF awards night including 2nd Best Picture and the Gender Sensitivity Award.
“Napakaraming pinagdaanan ng pelikula bago siya nailabas and we’re just so happy na after so many redirections na nangyari sa pelikula, naging Second Best Picture tayo, nanalo tayo ng Gender Sensitivity Award, and we’re just blessed with a good directors and good actors so I couldn’t ask for more,” she said.
Before ending the mediacon, Jodi took time to thank everyone who made their new series possible, including the original cast and crew of the original film.
“Nagpapasalamat siyempre unang una sa Dreamscape, sa iWant TFC, direk Dolly (Dulu) thank you for sharing your story with us. Gusto ko rin i-commend ang ating cast. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and for doing such an amazing job breathing life into the characters, And thank you din sa lahat ng tumulong sa atin to get the message out there and dun sa mga sumubaybay sa The Boy Foretold By the Stars. Ito na yung series na hinihingi niyo, na inaabangan ninyo, iniintay ninyo. Sana makasama pa rin namin kayo sa journey ni Luke at ni Dominc. Ingat kayong lahat. Please stay healthy and stay safe. God bless you all,” she said.