Jessy Men­di­ola nag­ba­ba­lik

Tempo - - Front Page - By NEIL RAMOS

JESSY Men­di­ola is happy to have been able to bounce back years af­ter be­ing placed in the freezer by her man­age­ment sup­pos­edly for be­ing “fat,” among oth­ers.

She ac­tu­ally shed tears at an event cel­e­brat­ing her come­back film “The Girl In The Orange Dress,” an en­try to this year’s Metro Manila Film fes­ti­val (MMFF).

Tak­ing ef­fort to ex­plain she said, “So­brang proud mo­ment lang po kasi talaga sa akin ito. Pagkat­a­pos ng so­brang hi­rap, so­brang lungkot, du­mat­ing po itong bless­ing na ito and I could only be thank­ful.

I’m thank­ful sa itaas, at doon sa mga taong hindi bu­mitaw. I couldn’t ask for more talaga.”

Jessy al­most quit show- biz prior to be­ing of­fered the role. “I was al­ready con­tem­plat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity,” she said. “I was think­ing maybe I could find work in a to­tally dif­fer­ent field. At that point kasi parang feel­ing ko, ayoko na, hindi ko na kaya.” Ap­par­ently, it has been brew­ing for some time. “Yeah, mata­gal na din, at ang daming fact o r s ,” she said. “Kasama na dun ‘yung hindi ka ma-bi­gyan ng trabaho kesyo mataba daw ako, plus dagdag p a ‘yung mga bash­ers...”

Jessy added, “I got very de­pressed, parang du­mat­ing ako sa point na, ‘Ah, ‘eto lang pala talaga ang worth ko.’ Kung hindi ako sexy, wala akong projects...”

She is thank­ful of boyfriend Luis Man­zano’s sup­port.

“I ad­mit part ng mga bash­ings na natang­gap ko ay ‘yung dahil nag­ing kami pero I don’t re­gret it kasi Luis made the strug­gle worth it,” Jessy said, not­ing how the ac­tor-TV host kept push­ing her to stay pos­i­tive and live health­ier.

“Ka­pag ang tao de­pressed, malak­ing bagay ‘yung may nasasan­dalan siya at si Luis ‘yun para sa akin. If only for that, I’m thank­ful na hindi siya bu­mitaw.”

“The Girl In The Orange Dress” al­lows Jessy many firsts.

It is her first MMFF movie and it’s also her first lead role in a film.

“Ang pinaka­m­a­ganda diyan ay first time ko ring makaka­tra­baho ang idol ko, si Jeri­cho Ros­ales. Bata pa ako crush ko na siya,” Jessy shared, beam­ing.

Note Luis is also part of the film.

Laugh­ing, Jessy ad­mit­ted, “Nag-in­sist siya, sabi niya to show his sup­port. Siyem­pre nakakatuwa ‘di ba?”

JESSY Men­di­ola (In­sta­gram)

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