JACLYN Jose says she was amazed by Andrea Torres’s superb acting as twin sisters Jasmine and Juliet in “The Better Woman” which is now on its last three weeks. “I’ve worked with her before but dito niya ako ginulat nang husto,” she says. “Very effective siya in her dual roles at lahat kami sa show, saludo sa husay niya. She has really become one of our better actresses today.”
Coming from the only Pinay actress who won the much coveted Cannes Filmfest best actress award, this must be a great compliment for Andrea. As for Jaclyn, she’s happy to be in a new movie where she co-stars with equally formidable actresses: Anita Linda, Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Laurice Guillen and Rosanna Roces. This is in “Circa” an entry in the coming Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino that starts showing in theaters today, Friday the 13th.
“It’s really a big honor to be a member of such a big cast of this film kasi puro batikan ang mga kasama ko,” Jaclyn adds. “I play Anita Linda’s care taker in the story at mga anak niya sina Laurice, Beth O, Gina and Ricky Davao. Ang feeling mo kapag kaeksena mo sila, you should be on your toes para makasabay ka at hindi ka nila mapag-iwanan.”
She’s happy to be working anew with Gina Alajar, who used to be her sister in law since Gina was then with Michael de Mesa while she was with the late Mark Gil. “Ang last movie namin together was ‘Mulanay’, in 1996 pa directed by late Gil Portes. Pareho kaming nanalo roon ng acting awards, e. Dito, siya 'yung anak ni Anita Linda na sa States na nakatira at nagbalikbayan lang dito for the 100th birthday of her mother. Bilib nga ako kasi direktor na siya ngayon.”
Gina says she also admires Jaclyn because she can easily shift from drama to comedy. “Pati nga si Christopher de Leon, bumilib sa kanya dun sa eksena niya sa ‘Fantastica’ na naiihi siya pero hindi siya makapunta sa CR,” says Gina. “Tapos ang galing niya, nag-tumbling pa siya. Alam mong dobol, pero pag close up, ang galing ng reaction niya.”
Jaclyn is now enjoying being a grandma to her two apos with daughter Andi Eigenmann. Her first apo is Ellie and the younger one, Lilo was born just on July 23. “Ang cute-cute niya, ni bunso! Ang sarap maging lola sa mga apo! Walang jealousy si Ellie. Mabait na bata. Excited nga siya sa kapatid niya. Kaya lang, nasa Siargao sila. Doon na nakatira. Pabisi-bisita lang dito.”
She used to have a stormy relationship with Andi but she says they’re now on better terms. “Nangyayari naman talaga ang ganung mga tampuhan kahit sa mag-ina. But now, okay na kami. Nag-mature na rin siya and she knows I really mean well naman as her mother.”