If you’re an action movie buff, you probably who know Joko Diaz is. The actor, who has been active in showbiz since the 80s, is known for his tough guy and antagonist roles in small and big screen alike. But did you know that being an action star is not all Joko has to be proud of? He’s also a doting and supportive dad to Ashley and Pacquie, his two kids with his wife Abigail.
It seems that showbiz runs in the blood of this family, since Joko—himself the child of legendary actor Paquito Diaz—has also become a celebrity dad. His daughter, Ashley, just signed a contract with Viva Artists Agency—and mind you, she’s only 14!
Meet the talented and artistahin teener here:
Asked what her main talent is, Ashley replied: “Singing po.” The young star looks up to Moira dela Torre, the songstress behind the hits “Malaya” and “Tagpuan.” Here’s Ashley giving us a sample of her singing:
Talent definitely runs in her blood!
Her main talent may be singing (which she got from her mom), but that doesn’t mean Ashley isn’t willing to try out her dad’s craft. “I want to explore din po,” she said. The 14-year-old says she’s taking the time to know herself and her skills first. “I’ll get there naman po. I’m taking my time din po, i-eenjoy ko din po muna.”
What made her decide to try out showbiz?
“Na-inspire po ako kay Papa talaga at first tapos nasuportahan na din po ako ng family kaya [sumabak na ako].”
Strong and independent
“I want to be the first Ashley Diaz po,” Ashley confidently declared during her contract signing. “Ayoko pong makilala as ‘yong anak lang ni Joko Diaz, parang gusto ko pong magkaroon ng sarili kong title.”
But what does it mean to be Ashley?