Jodi Sta. Maria has come a long way since charming the viewers as George Fuentebella in the iconic ‘90s Kapamilya series Tabing Ilog. Her versatility as an actress gave birth to some of her most remarkable characters in films and television.
First groomed as a dramatic star, Jodi slowly ventured to horror, romance, and comedy. She would consider her career as a rom-com actress an accidental discovery, thanks to the hit Kapamilya series Be Careful with My Heart. Each project memorable but Jodi finds relief in doing light comedy.
But perhaps the most favorite role she plays is being a mother to 14-year-old son Thirdy, who is now evolving into a fine young man. Jodi is aware that her unico hijo may already have crushes. Although she isn’t nosy about the topic, the loving mom thinks there’s nothing wrong with being curious at times. She says doing research on her son’s circle of friends is a sign of concern and not of strict parenting. It’s likewise a manner of knowing the child’s preferences.
Motherhood is no doubt a challenging journey, much more doing it singlehandedly, and at a time of a pandemic. In Jodi’s case, she has to be extra patient in dealing with Thirdy’s questions about online schooling and the current situation.
Jodi celebrates the beauty and challenges of solo parenting without leaving her ex-husband’s effort unnoticed. “Hindi ko pwedeng sabihin na ako lang talaga kasi unfair to my ex-husband, si Pampi, kasi he is very much involved in the life of his son. He is a good provider. I thank the Lord na we are on good terms,” shares Jodi.
Jodi makes sure to provide her son a good and happy life even if she’s not able to give him a two-parent home. As she thrives as a woman, Jodi learned to protect her inner peace by not giving anyone the ticket to cross her boundaries. “There’s a reason why we put our walls up, so we should never let anyone step doon sa line na drinaw natin.”
Jodi currently headlines the newest Kapamilya series Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin alongside Iza Calzado, Sam Milby, and with Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. They were able to film a few episodes prior to the quarantine and lock-in tapings last month. While waiting for the shoot to resume, Jodi explored the art of aromatherapy. She learned how to make her own essential oil blend, disinfectant, and hand sanitizer.