For Jodi, 'no comment' is best defense vs intrigues
MANILA, Philippines – Having entered showbiz at a young age, actress Jodi Sta. Maria is hesitant to allow her son to enter the same industry she sees as "difficult.”
|Jodi Sta. Maria with son Thirdy. File photo
She was 17 when her name first appeared in TV credits as an actress. Popularly known for her role as George in defunct teen-oriented series "Tabing Ilog," Sta. Maria has since become among the most acclaimed actresses of her generation.
Now 30 and with a 7-year-old son, Sta. Maria has learned the ropes of dealing with intrigues that come with being a public figure.
Coupled with the remarkable success of her ongoing daytime series "Be Careful With My Heart," Sta. Maria's personal life recently hogged headlines as her former husband Panfilo “Pampi” Lacson Jr. was rumored to be in a relationship with sexy actress Iwa Moto.
The "Tabing Ilog" star was also challenged by Moto to file a libel case against her, as she alleged that Sta. Maria had an affair with her (Moto) former boyfriend while she was still married to Lacson.
In the face of these controversies, and amid doing promotional interviews for "Be Careful," Sta. Maria has been unwavering in keeping mum on her personal life.
In an interview with lifestyle magazine Celebrity Living, Sta. Maria justified her preference to keep silent when quizzed on intrigues involving her and her family.
"I understand that I am a public figure, but there has always been a clear limitation as to what I'm willing to share.
"I do interviews, but as much as possible, I don't delve into extremely private matters that may hurt my family," Sta. Maria said.
No showbiz for son?
The same undertaking has only served to make Sta. Maria wary of letting her son Thirdy join show business. The actress shared that she encourages her son's interests and other hobbies, if it means it keeps him away from the limelight.
"My son likes pro-wrestling. We like to spend time together playing WWE videogames on the PS3. I'd much rather be involved with the things he's interested in. I don't think it should be the other way around," Sta. Maria said.
Nonetheless, Sta. Maria is ready with an action plan should her son become among the celebrity kids-turned-celebrities.
"I entered the industry at a young age, so I know how hard it is to be a celebrity in this country," Sta. Maria said.
"If he wants get into it, I will not encourage it, but I will support him," she added.