As her primetime drama series The Broken Marriage Vow enters its last two-week run this week, Jodi Sta. Maria admitted she experienced some doubt when she was first given the much coveted role last year.
“Nung in-offer yung project, sa totoo lang nagulat ako. At una kong tinanong sa manager ko, ‘Bakit ako?’ Kasi napanuod ko yung Korean version pero para sa ibang proyekto eh. Ginawa lang siya talagang character study. Tapos ngayon ipi-play ko yung role nung doktora. So parang hindi ko alam paanong sisimulan.
“Na-pressure ba ako? Oo. Sobra. Kasi ilan na ring bansa ang gumawa ng kanya kanya nilang adaptation. Pero yung naging challenge talaga is paano siya mapapaiba doon sa mga nauna. Kasi tulad nga ng sinabi ko na hindi naman tayo kumukopya. Though siyempre sumusunod tayo sa arko ng kuwento na meron na sila. Pero siyempre paano ba natin ito ikukuwento bilang Pilipino, bilang tayo?” she shared.
One of the more challenging scenes that Jodi had to shoot was an intimate scene with her real-life friend and co-star Ketchup Eusebio, who plays Charlie, the husband of her good friend and next door neighbor in the show.
“Kabadong kabado din kami sa scene na yun kasi magkumpare talaga kami. Inaanak ko yung anak niya. Sabi ko, ’Tito Ketch, paano ba natin gagawin ito?’” she recalled.
During The Broken Marriage Vow finale mediacon, Jodi revealed how she almost made a major decision regarding her acting career after working on the show.
“This role has really pushed me to the edge. Kumbaga pushed me to my limits. And then I clearly remember after we all watched yung three minutes na video, nung launch ng trailer. Tapos we were all happy kasi finally nakita na namin yung glimpse ng ginawa namin. Parang I told Z (Zanjoe Maurdo) and direk Andoy (Ranay), ‘Ito na ang huling project ko.’ Sabi ko after TBMV ayoko na. Yun yung sinabi ko sa kanila na noon. Ito na yung last.
“Kasi sabi ko unang una, hindi ko alam kung meron pa ba akong mabibigay sa susunod na project na feeling ko lahat na nabigay ko dito. Hindi talaga naging madali. Parang feeling ko ito na yun. Wala na akong ibang magagawa after this so yun yung time na yun,” she admitted.
The 39-year-old actress shared how she was able to change her mind regarding not accepting anymore teleserye projects after wrapping up their lock-in taping in Baguio City.
“Pagkalabas ko ng lock-in, I realized that I was so tired, I was physically and emotionally and mentally exhausted from playing the role of Dra. Jill Ilustre. Kasi feeling ko talaga wala na eh. Nasagad talaga na. Parang feeling ko lahat ng creative juices ko na-cut off. So all I really needed lang pala was a break to recharge, to relax, to just kalma, ganun,” she added.