In a showbiz production, there are many people who play important parts on-set but never get to be featured in the limelight.
In Julia Montes' successful series, 'Doble Kara', one of these unsung heroes is no other than her body double, Charlene Jacqui Ann Leus.
During 'Doble Kara's' final press conference, Julia took the opportunity to thank Jacqui. The actress humbly attributed the teleserye's success to her and mentioned that she was an essential part of the series. Julia also thanked her for holding on until the very end of their show.
"Gusto ko lang din i-take 'yung opportunity na ‘to. Sa kambal ko na from the very start hanggang end, nakasama ko po. Marami po sila, pero itong isa pong taong ‘to, itong isang babaeng ‘to, si Jacqui Leus, wala po kayong makikitang ginagampanan ko at ginagawa ko 'yung kambal na magkaiba without her. Ino-offer ko po ‘to sa kaniya. Wala din ang success ng “Doble Kara” without her.” Julia said during the press conference.
In her statements, it can be perceived that Julia really owes part of Doble Kara's success to Jacqui Leus.
But who exactly is Jacqui Leus?
Aside from being a part of 'Doble Kara's' on-set productions, Jacqui is also an academic achiever. According to an article by ABS-CBN, Jacqui is a 24-year old pharmacist who graduated from UST.
Jacqui's acting talent was honed by her constant attendance in Star Magic workshops. She was also a part of Jane Oineza's 'Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita' in 2015.
Jacqui's story of becoming Julia's double was quite unusual. She auditioned for a different character and because of her talent, the production decided to hire her as Chloe's (Patricia Javier) secretary.
However, the show's director Manny Palo noticed that she had a similar physical build to Julia Montes. After Jacqui agreed to change her haircut and hair color, her scenes as Julia's double were immediately shot.
According to Jacqui, she was the only one who remained as Julia's double. Originally, she was only asked to double for Kara, one of Julia's characters in the teleserye. But when the other doubles for Sara (the other character portrayed by Julia) quit, the production team decided to hire her as the double for both characters.
Being able to work with Julia for two years, Jacqui shared with ABS-CBN the Daytime Drama Queen's best asset. According to her, Julia is a down-to-earth person. She humbles herself despite being incredibly popular.
She also shared that Julia shows "dedication" and "professionalism" when it comes to her job as an actress. Jacqui also described her as "kind, generous, simple and humble".
The UST graduate expressed that she was honored to be a part of the successful series. She also thanked Julia for sharing the show's success with her. Jacqui is also grateful for the experience she gained from being a part of the production process.
"Ang palagi ko nga po sinasabi na forever grateful po ako for the role. Kahit before po may mga nagsasabi sa 'kin na bakit daw po ako nagtiyatiyaga as double, sinasabi ko po na hindi ko naman habol makita, nag-eenjoy din po talaga ako. It's really an honor na makatrabaho po sila, at lalo na na maging kambal ako ni Julia, nakakaproud po talaga," Jacqui said.
Jacqui went on to say that Doble Kara taught her many things she has taken to heart. For her, working on the teleserye inspired her to be a better person.
The young actress then left a message for Julia:
"Juls, thank you sa pag-guide sa 'kin dito sa Doble Kara. Palagi mo sinasabi na kung hindi dahil sa 'kin, hindi mo magagawa ‘yung kambal, pero alam mo rin na hindi ako magtatagal kung hindi dahil sa ‘yo. Hindi mo 'ko pinabayaan sa buong 1 year and 6 months natin sa taping. Pinaramdam mo sa 'kin na part ako ng “Doble Kara”, winelcome mo 'ko na talagang part ako ng cast," Jacqui said.
"Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung memories natin in and outside DK. Super blessed ako to meet you and makatrabaho ka. Ang bait mong anak, kapatid, kaibigan. Napakahusay mo na artista! I love you so much "Ate" and madami kaming taong nagmamahal sa ‘yo," she added.
Have you ever noticed her in the episodes of Doble Kara? Let us know!
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