Jodi Sta. Maria wins Best Supporting Actress for Third World Happy, leaves out husband in acceptance speech

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At the recent  Cinema One Originals Film Festival awards night, Jodi Sta. Maria won Best Supporting Actress for her role as a left behind ex-girlfriend in Third World Happy. In the indie flick, Sta. Maria’s character is left in the Philippines after her boyfriend (Sam Milby) pursues his passion for painting in New York.

"I’m very happy because acting is what I love to do. This award is just a bonus," Sta. Maria told PEP.ph in Filipino. She dedicated the award to her son Thirdy, 4, and the other nominees. When asked why she left out her husband Panfilo "Pampi" Lacson Jr. in her acceptance speech, she said in Filipino, "I blanked out." Prodded by the press for details about their relationship, she said, "I really don’t want to talk about my personal life right now."

Last month, Sta. Maria’s acting was also recognized by Hollywood entertainment magazine, Variety. Portraying a homeless mother forced into prostitution for her daughter in Chassis, Sta. Maria was described as having "a blank face that lingers in the memory." Variety said, "Present in practically every scene, Sta. Maria is quietly compelling as a woman with a single, unshakable reason to live."

Read: SPOT.ph blogger Ria Limjap’s "On Third World Happy: Sam Milby does a fairly good job."

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