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 she’s a survivor as she quickly bounced back to work. With her SRO Cinemaserye and birthday concert finished, she’s now taking horseback riding lessons to prepare for her role as Gabriela Silang in an upcoming indie film.
YOU’RE PLAYING THE ROLE OF A NATIONAL HEROINE. TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE...
It’s 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 YOU’RE ALSO TAKING LESSONS FOR THE ROLE?
Yes, I’m also taking horseback riding lessons. Ang hirap pala ‘no? It’s different from horseback riding in Baguio or Tagaytay. The horse runs so fast! Plus, for authenticity purposes, there’s nothing to hold on to on the horse. They remove the rein and the saddle!
WOW, THAT’S TOUGH! YOU ALSO JUST FINISHED YOUR SRO CINEMASERYE HOW WAS IT LIKE?
It was fun because it’s not often that we get to work with each other—Nadine (Samonte), Yasmin (Kurdi), and me. The last time we saw each other was during our StarStruck days. It’s really like a big reunion.
HOW HARD IS IT BEING A WORKING MOM, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU’RE IN SHOWBIZ.
It’s really hard. In showbiz, I work ‘round 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. He’s the greatest inspiration in my life. (smiles)
GIVEN A CHANCE TO WORK WITH ANY PERSON IN THE WORLD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
That’s a tough question. Hmm... Gusto ko makasabay sa concert si Madonna (laughs). She’s an icon and a total performer.
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