“I don’t want to be known as just Joko Diaz’s daughter.”
This is what 14-year-old Ashley Diaz said when asked about her thoughts in joining the local entertainment industry.
She is confident and brave – things she hopes people would see and appreciate.
“I want to be an inspiration to people who could relate to my story.”
And where do bashers figure in all of these, we asked. Is she ready for them?
“Yes,” came her firm answer.
Aside from her talents, she will invest time and dedication to her career. Having signed with Viva Artists Agency, Ashley hopes to release singles and maybe even albums in time. One of her musical influences is Moira dela Torre and she hopes to collaborate with Bailey May.
“But really, I just want to explore everything,” she said.
Stage father, daddy’s girl
Joko is also open to the possibility of working with Ashley. He remembers the time he himself used to work with his dad, the late Paquito Diaz.
“It took us three hours to finish one sequence because dad was not contented with my performance,” Joko recalled.
“But then those things helped me become the actor I am now.”
Asked how Ashley talked to him about entering showbiz, Joko divulged that she got her mom as “back up.” He agreed, of course, but with certain conditions like Ashley should continue with schooling, that she remains respectful, and the mom would handle her finances to protect the hard-earned money.
“It took me 20 years before I finished my college degree,” he explained. “I don’t want that for my daughter.”
Joko is excited for what awaits his daughter.
“Our kids’ happiness is also our happiness,” he said.
What’s his career advice to her?
“I just told her to always stay focus on what she’s doing and enjoy it so she won’t feel tired. Because the moment you feel weary, it means you don’t like what you do.”
Ready to see his daughter paired with a guy?
“Er, let’s see,” he said, then laughed.