Although the stars of Your Song Presents: Underage already had their last taping recently, Melissa Ricks said that there is still more to watch out for in this eight-part ABS-CBN Sunday drama.
"Naku, manood kayo marami pang magaganap na ikawiwindang ninyo!" said the young actress, adding that she really had a hard time portraying her role as Celina in this series, which is a TV adaptation of '80s Regal movie.
"Pero sobrang nahirapan ako sa Underage. Talagang ang hirap para sa akin ng role na 'yon. Pero nagawa naman namin. Pagkatapos ng last taping day namin, sobrang proud kami sa sarili namin.
"Siyempre, na-sad din kami kasi it's over na.Hindi na kami magkikita ng mga sis ko. Nagdyo-joke nga kami, 'Underage 2, Underage 2!' Hindi na [siya mae-extend], talagang eight episodes lang siya at ito kasi, mayroon din kaming susunod na project ni [Matt]," related Melissa before the story conference of her new project, the afternoon soap Kambal sa Uma, earlier this afternoon, March 26, at Gusi restaurant in Quezon City.
Kambal sa Uma is the TV remake of the 1979 film starring Rio Locisn, who played "taong daga."
Speaking of her upcoming ABS-CBN soap, Melissa said that she's glad to be paired again with her former Pedro Penduko co-star, who has become her onscreen partner for almost three years now.
"Siyempre, masaya na naman," said Melissa. "Siyempre kasi mahirap kapag iba na naman ang kasama ko kasi si Matt na lagi ang kasama ko, e. Nag-e-enjoy naman kaming magkasama, nag-aasaran lang kami."
MORE DARING PROJECT. Before her interview with PEP, TV director Manny Palo teased melissa and Matt about the kissing scene that they did for Underage. The director gave some pointers to the young love team about what they could have done to make the scene better.
PEP asked Melissa what else can they give to Pinoy viewers in their next project. She jested: "Mas daring... Mas daring si Matt!"
This just proves that Melissa is still not comfortable doing such scenes even if she has been Matt's partner ever since Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko.
"Siyempre kasi hindi naman gawain," the 19-year-old actress explained. "Siyempre awkward kasi kami parang lagi kaming nag-aasaran. So, kapag may moment na ganun, nakakatawa. Pagkatapos [ng eksena], nagtatawanan lang kami."
But Melissa is willing to give more on their next project only if it's needed on the scene.
"I will prepare myself!" she laughed. "Kailangang maghanda ako sa ganyan. Kailangang mag-workshop ako para naman for a change."
FLOWERS FROM JAKE. PEP also asked Melissa if fellow Kapamilya star Jake Cuenca is trying to woo her.
Melissa replied, "Ayaw ko rin naman kasing pangunahan kung ano ang nangyayari, kung nanliligaw ba siya or whatever. Ang sa akin lang, nag-e-enjoy ako sa company niya, napa-flatter ako sa ginagawa niya, natutuwa ako sa kanya, and he's a really, really nice guy. We don't go out, pero like he texts me, nangangamusta siya, sa ASAP lang ganyan. Pero otherwise, hindi kami nagkikita."