A few months shy of her 21st birthday and Yassi has a movie, an album, a hosting gig, and a Cosmo cover. But right now, all she wants is coffee. She loves the stuff, and even had a phase where she drank four cups a day. Today though, she’s postponing her cravings until after the camera exits the building.
“To be honest, I had to go on a diet for this shoot,” says the self-confessed sweet tooth and lover of pizza. Chocolate is a “regular in [her] life.” She talks about balut the way women talk about their husbands—with love and fondness. Her makeup artist chimes in, agreeing with a story about how the actress started indulging in the Pinoy delicacy while wearing only her sports bra.
Yassi points at her midsection, which looks as though it’s been chiseled by a Greek sculptor. “These abs aren’t always here. In the morning, they’re there. They say ‘Hello,’ but after all the donuts, they tend to go away,” she jokes.
The MTV VJ is famous for her sharp hip-hop moves, but she gets her picture-perfect cuts from doing actual grueling workout drills, not dancing. “I only dance for TV and rehearsals and those only last about 20 minutes!”
Her exercise of choice? Boxing and kickboxing, which help strengthen her legs. She used to box often enough to consider it her sport, but now she works out at home using various fitness apps. “I get bored very easily, so I always try something new or take workouts in turns,” Yassi explains. Treadmills are a no-no, and if she does go out for a run, she has to keep changing routes.
She’s on the Nike Training Club app, with routines as short as 15 to 30 minutes. She tells us about 7, another app which curates HIIT (high-intensity interval training) programs. “The workouts last only seven minutes, but they’re very intense and there’s no rest. You have three lives, three hearts, and you lose one if you skip a day.”
A smile forms on her lips. “Hindiko siyaginagawa,siyempre,” she whispers, matter-of-fact. “I try to do the one on the third day so I won’t die.” Despite her little cheats and sneaks, Yassi is in the zone. “This isn’t my natural body type, so I have to work really hard,” she admits. “There are workouts now that are really made to match your lifestyle, so there’s no excuse.”
The twinkle in her eyes turns earnest. “This is my responsibility because I’m in this industry. I have an obligation to fit into what the clients want,” she says. “That doesn’t mean I have to give up the stuff I love, which is food, but I respect my job—and part