Jennylyn Mercado : The ultimate survivor is back
Interview by Kimberly U. Go
Photos by Cyrus Panganiban
After giving birth to baby AJ last year and battling a series of intrigues and controversies, Jennylyn Mercado proves that sheís a survivor as she quickly bounced back to work. With her SRO Cinemaserye and birthday concert finished, sheís now taking horseback riding lessons to prepare for her role as Gabriela Silang in an upcoming indie film.
YOUíRE PLAYING THE ROLE OF A NATIONAL HEROINE. TELL US WHAT ITíS LIKE...
Itís definitely an honor to play the character of Gabriela Silang. I feel very thankful and blessed to be part of that movie. Gabriela Silang was a brave and strong woman.
JUST LIKE YOU! AND YOUíRE ALSO TAKING LESSONS FOR THE ROLE?
Yes, Iím also taking horseback riding lessons. Ang hirap pala Ďno? Itís different from horseback riding in Baguio or Tagaytay. The horse runs so fast! Plus, for authenticity purposes, thereís nothing to hold on to on the horse. They remove the rein and the saddle!
WOW, THATíS TOUGH! YOU ALSO JUST FINISHED YOUR SRO CINEMASERYE HOW WAS IT LIKE?
It was fun because itís not often that we get to work with each otheróNadine (Samonte), Yasmin (Kurdi), and me. The last time we saw each other was during our StarStruck days. Itís really like a big reunion.
HOW HARD IS IT BEING A WORKING MOM, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOUíRE IN SHOWBIZ.
Itís really hard. In showbiz, I work Ďround the clock. I come home from a 24-hour taping only to shower then go back to work again. So what I do is to be a hands-on mom whenever I find time. I always check on AJ. I talk to him on the phone and sometimes I ask the driver to pick up AJ from home so I can see him. Heís the greatest inspiration in my life. (smiles)
GIVEN A CHANCE TO WORK WITH ANY PERSON IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Thatís a tough question. Hmm... Gusto ko makasabay sa concert si Madonna (laughs). Sheís an icon and a total performer.
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