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Fascinating Women 2022: Jodi Sta. Maria

In an exclusive interview, “The Broken Marriage Vow” lead actress, who’s marking her 25th showbiz anniversary this year, talks about her latest role and her learnings from portraying it

When Jodi Sta. Maria was offered the lead role in The Broken Marriage Vow, the Philippine adaptation of UK’s Doctor Foster, the first thing she thought of was “Bakit ako?” She just wrapped up the drama revenge series Ang sa Iyo ay Akin at the time, and here was another melodrama knocking at her door.  


For the bosses and the Filipino viewers, who know what Jodi is capable of, the question that was more apt was “Why not?” After all, throughout more than two decades of her career as an actress, she has proven time and again that she never does anything half-heartedly. When she lands a role, she truly immerses herself into it. Jodi is thankful for the roles she’s been blessed with; though they may be similar in some ways especially in terms of being strong, independent women, they’re also created differently to allow Jodi to shine in a different light each and every time. 


Jodi is known and well-loved for her roles as Maya in Be Careful With My Heart, Amor Pangako Sa’Yo, Mona and Lisa in Sana Dalawa ang Puso, Fina in Sino ang May Sala?, and Marissa in Ang sa Iyo ay Akin. Today, this inspiring, seasoned actress is making waves as Dr. Jill Ilustre in The Broken Marriage Vow. Her character is a career woman but she’s first and foremost, a mother and a wife. Her family is her priority, and she has a picture-perfect life until she finds out her husband (David Ilustre, played by Zanjoe Marudo) is cheating on her with a younger woman (Lexy Lucero, played by Sue Ramirez). 


Fascinating Women 2022: Jodi Sta. Maria
On Jodi: Hair accessory by Mirth & Yift | Photography by Doc Marlon Pecjo
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There was obviously a huge deal of pressure that came with portraying this character since it’s from a British series with a number of adaptations in France, Russia, India, Turkey, and of course, South Korea that gave K-drama fans the high-rated The World of the Married. But Filipino series have their own charm, and The Broken Marriage Vow maximized the opportunity to lend the material that distinctively Filipino flavor. Jodi as Dr. Jill, with her strength and motivations in life, is someone many Filipino family women can relate to and be inspired by. 


Jodi shared during her solo press conference for the series, “Alam mo siguro, if there’s one thing na similar kami ni Dra. Jill is when we are put in a situation kung saan medyo difficult, siguro parang we try as much as possible to stay calm and collected. And you know, maging logical as much as possible. Siguro Jill and Jodi are the same sa pagiging passionate sa mga bagay na gusto nila sa buhay nila, or ’yung mga bagay na pinapahalagahan nila, siguro we are similar that way.”


“Passionate”一that’s the perfect word to describe Jodi who doesn’t only excel as an award-winning actress but also showed a great example when she pursued studies later on in life. Above everything else, she’s a mother, and to give her son Thirdy the best life possible tops her life’s ultimate goals.    


Jodi and her The Broken Marriage Vow co-stars Zanjoe and Sue are currently featured on Metro’s digital cover. Check out our cover story here, and read more of our exclusive interview with Jodi in the gallery below:       




Photography by Doc Marlon Pecjo

Creative direction by Patrick Ty

Sittings editor: Geolette Esguerra

Makeup by Ting Duque 

Hairstyling by Francis Guintu 

Styling by Patricia Coronado with associate Rochellashaye Manabat 

Set design by Gideon Hermosa, with furniture from KARE Philippines

Shoot coordination: Grace Libero-CruzCeia Ylagan, and Judy Arias

Videography by Spotlight Creatives

Video producer: Bria Cardenas

Special thanks to Dreamscape EntertainmentDeo EndrinalBillet Sangalang, B617 ManagementBiboy Arboleda, and Ailleen Discaya