May 24, 2005, we were given a rare chance to interview Jennylyn Mercado. She was our sixth Dream Bembang! feature and our biggest celebrity yet. A day earlier we were given the go signal by her handler; only, we would have to go to the set and wait for a break from shooting without any guarantee of interview time and length. It was in Parks & Wildlife, Quezon City, the shooting was for Luv 2 Luv. We arrived around 8:00 a.m., the GMA 7 entourage arrived around 8:30. We were told that Jennylyn had just come from another shooting and has not slept yet. They started shooting anyway.
Finally around 12:00 p.m. the cast and crew decided to take a lunch break. Jennylyn was already aware of the interview, she chose toÂ conduct it inside her van where afterwards she’d proceed with a power nap.Â Me and Nikki (who took the photographs) went in. After the usual introduction and small talk, I started asking questions. Had my usualÂ guide questions in a single piece of paper, a pen, and my Palm to record the conversation. This approach never let me down in the past; it was always good for an hour or two of conversation, I’d always think of something to add that was notÂ in my guide because I was usually carried away with intrigue.
The interview was a one-question, one-answer kind of conversation. I could harldy get her toÂ utter more than a couple of words -Â that was if she didn’t already answer withÂ a yes, a no, an uhuh, or a plain nod. The atmosphere was plain awkward – at least on our part. I clearly remember how much more attention she’d give to her phone. It felt like I was trying to force myself to be liked by girl who already gave me the cold shoulder in the first place -Â one would obviously leave after such, but in this situation, I had to continue because it was my job. There was no connection, there was no joke time, there was no kulitan – unlike with Kyla, Karel Marquez, Sarah Christophers, Nicolette Bell and Jaymee Joaquin.
Still, Jennylyn Mercado isÂ beautiful as hell. We’ve always liked her simple, Filipina, cute-with-a-mix-of-gorgeous beauty. From the moment she arrived in Parks & Wildlife, even when we were about 50 meters away, she was a sight to behold. Her hair was so straight, jet-black, and beautiful. Up close she is flawless, smooth, I simply couldn’tÂ find anything wrong with her. Her skin tone was exact. Ok, maybe I’m a bit exaggerating because her face really falls into “my type.” She was not fat, not thin. Sexy? In a way yes. She’s not that tall so she’s not beauty queenish.
Final Thoughts In Binary
After the interview we felt nalugi. In all fairness she was really tired, did not even eat, and hadn’t had sleep. I personally thought I couldn’t care less anymore, I wanted to translate the interview word-per-word so anyone reading it would get the tone right away. But, after all, an entity as small as my indie publication would probably affect a big celebrity in the littlest way. This is the only interview I wish I could redo. Do I hate Jennylyn Mercado? Who am I to hateÂ a Jennylyn Mercado. Do we still like Jennylyn? Nikki probably doesn’t anymore, me, I don’t really care that much.