The Rise of Jackie Rice

One of GMA-7’s home-grown artists via the reality artista search “Starstruck,” Jackie Rice has managed to hold her own amidst the tough competition in her own network.

From being known as a “pasaway” when starting out in showbiz, the Kapuso actress has topbilled a number of afternoon soap operas. And while she can definitely go further in her career, Jackie is happy to be where she is right now.

“Kapag naghangad ako ng more, baka mawala pa,” she told members of the press during the launch of her latest show “Bukod Kang Pinagpala” on Tuesday, February 5.

Despite being the Ultimate Female Survivor of the third season of “Starstruck,” Jackie said she doesn’t demand for more high-profile projects from the network. She also doesn’t mind waiting for new projects. Her last television show “Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka?” ended August of last year.

“Mas okay naman yung ganun kaysa nakikipagkumpitensya ako sa iba. Mas ma-intriga rin yun. At least ito, may trabaho, mas tahimik. Mas okay ako sa ganito,” she explained.

Jackie added, “Hindi naman kailangan (magdemand). Happy ako.”

In “Bukod Kang Pinagpala,” which will premiere February 11 on GMA-7’s Afternoon Prime block, Jackie plays the role of a mother for the first time, together with Jennica Garcia and Camille Prats. Mark Anthony Fernandez plays their love interest.

“Yung role ko, sobrang ibang-ibang-iba,” she said.

“Challenging siya kasi first mother role ko. Dito, walang mabait, walang masama, so totoong tao. Walang bida, walang kontrabida.”

She’s also happy with her non-showbiz boyfriend of three years.

“Happy lang kami. Ine-enjoy lang namin kung ano meron ngayon,” Jackie said of her relationship.

Although they’re going strong, they have no plans of getting married soon.

“Kasi syempre, bago mag-start yung ganun, mag-iipon kayo together. Wala kaming ganun. Ine-enjoy lang naming ngayon,” she explained.

Jackie added: “Siya kasi, sobrang busy sa business nila. Tapos ako, nung panahon na wala akong trabaho, tinutulungan ko siya. Tulungan kami.”

The actress noted she doesn’t want to end up like her now-separated parents.

“Marami kang dapat gawin muna sa buhay naming bago yung ganun. Kung sure na kaming kami talaga.”

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