JILLIAN Ward started as a child star when she was just 5 years old. Now, at 13, she gets her biggest role to date as a tween star playing the role of Donna Marie or Mayi in the hit GMA afternoon series, “Prima Donnas.” Her fans have more than doubled, all rooting for her and the character she plays.
Now that the show’s taping has been temporarily stopped due to the lockdown, Jillian says she misses working with her co-stars in the show so much, including Sofia Pablo, Althea Ablan, Katrina Halili and Wendell Ramos, who play their parents. She also misses the villains in the show, Aiko Melendez and Eijah Alejo.
“Ang tagal na naming magkakasama sa show kaya one big happy family na ang turingan namin sa isa’t isa,” she says in an online interview. “Sobrang nami-miss ko sila as they have a special in my heart kasi, most of them, I grew up working with them, not just my co-stars but pati ‘yung production staff, lalo si Direk Gina Alajar.”
What does she do to entertain herself while on lockdown?
“Iba-iba po. Playing games with my family, watching movies. I also continue to do singing lessons on my own and learn how to dance. Siempre, I exercise din po para physically fit at hindi mag-gain ng weight habang walang masyadong ginagawa. I also read books but my favorite talaga is something na bihira kong magawa noong busy ako sa taping, ‘yung matulog.”
What’s her biggest realization?
“I think I get to appreciate the value of life even more. Life is really short so we should not hate but love, lalo na sa social media. We should spread more joy and gratitude for all the things that we enjoy in this life.”
What’s the first thing she will do when the lockdown is lifted and things are back to normal?
“Siempre po, una sa lahat, I will pray and thank the Lord. Ever since, malakas na po talaga ang faith ko sa Kanya but I can say I became more spiritual because of what’s happening now.
“I pray not just for myself but also for my family, my colleagues and the whole country, the whole world, para matapos na itong pinagdaraanan natin. Then lalabas po kami ng family ko. I don’t know where to go but basta, lalabas kami dahil nami-miss ko na nang sobra ang outside world.
“And then, mag-te-taping na po kami ng new episodes for ‘Prima Donnas’ dahil my fans tell me sa social media accounts ko na sobrang nami-miss na nila ang show. So, abangan lang nila kasi sa new episodes magbubunyag kung sino ba talaga ang character kong si Mayi at kung ano pang mga pagsubok ang haharapin namin ng mga kapatid ko.”