In her two decades in the local entertainment industry, she has indeed cemented her status as one of the most versatile and top-caliber actresses in the country. From being a promising teen star who immediately captivated us with her charm and talent at the beginning of her career, she then evolved into an exceptional and renowned thespian as the years went by.
As what we have mentioned, Jodi Sta. Maria rose to stardom as a teen actress. Her first appearance on television was in the youth-oriented drama Gimik in 1999, as part of the extended cast. From a supporting character, she landed her first-ever major role that same year in the classic Tabing Ilog, which he headlined alongside Kaye Abad, John Lloyd Cruz, Patrick Garcia, Paolo Contis, Baron Geisler, Paula Peralejo, and Desiree del Valle.
A year after, she was chosen to play the rebellious Lia Buenavista in the original version of Pangako Sa ‘Yo. Little did she knew that after 15 years, she would be part of its incarnation in 2015, but this time as the iconic Amor de Jesus, which was originally by veteran actress Eula Valdez. Her impeccable performance in the show brought her the EMMY Awards nomination for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress categorgy. In 2003, she was again bestowed a lead role in the family drama Darating Ang Umaga.
In the succeeding years, she was able to impress us with her versatility as an actress for she proved that she’s not only brilliant as a protagonist, but also displayed her incredible chops as a kontrabida as well.
Jodi astounded us with her antagonistic roles in Pablo S. Gomez’s Kampanerang Kuba (2005) as the scheming Veronica Saavedra, Walang Kapalit (2007) as the ruthless Cynthia Bermudez-Borromeo, and Sineserye Presents: The Susan Roces Collection: Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (2008) as the vengeful Ruth Martinez.
She’s also shown how a bankable character actress she is through her remarkable supporting roles in Ligaw na Bulaklak (2008), Palos (2008), Tayong Dalawa (2009), Tanging Yaman (2010), 100 Days to Heaven (2011), Noah (2010), and Mundo Man ay Magunaw (2012).
But it was through the 2012 daytime drama Be Careful with My Heart when the 36-year-old multi-awarded actress catapulted to immense popularity anew as she was able to capture our hearts and brighten up our mornings with her bubbly and optimistic persona as Maya Dela Rosa.
She also lent her acting talent in the longest drama anthology in Asia, Maalaala Mo Kaya, in which her role as a baby maker in the episode “Gatas” in March 2017 touched and inspired audiences.
In 2018, Jodi was given not only one, but two starring roles in another daytime series titled Sana Dalawa Ang Puso – as the identical twins separated at birth Mona Bulalayao and Lisa Laureano. Action star Robin Padilla and Chinito heartthrob Richard Yap stood as her leading men.
From completely amusing us with her dual roles, she’s now about to stir us and touch our hearts as Fina Baniaga, a mom who desperately looks for her missing baby in the newest teleserye offering of ABS-CBN this 2019 – Sino Ang May Sala? Mea Culpa.
Are you ready to see her on a different light? Well, you better not miss an episode of Jodi’s new teleserye premiering Monday, April 29, after The General’s Daughter on Primetime Bida.