FHM cover girl Ritz Azul shows her daring side as she stars in TV5's upcoming sexy revenge drama titled Misibis Bay.
Ritz plays Maita, a poor girl from the slums who wants to have a better life for her and her ailing grandmother Lola Delia (played by Boots Anson-Roa).
Her fortunes take a drastic turn when she decides to marry an older rich man, Anthony (Christopher de Leon), a real-estate tycoon who owns Misibis Bay.
"Ibang-iba ang role ko dito compared sa Kidlat kasi doon, sweet ako pero ngayon, palaban ako and sexy. Siyempre hindi rin maaalis ang drama," said Ritz during the presscon of the show held at the luxury resort Misibis Bay in Albay.
For the 19-year-old actress, one of her most challenging scenes involves giving a lap dance to Christopher de Leon who is 37 years her senior.
Ritz recalled: "Ang first scene namin was doing a lap dance on him kasi dancer ako rito.
"Sobrang nahihiya po ako at nai-intimidate po ako."
Boyet quipped, "Nahihiya ka pa nun?"
Ritz said with a smile, "Ako na po si Maita nun."
When the crowd shouted for her to give a sample, Ritz said they can watch her scenes in Misibis Bay, which will start airing on TV5 on June 10.
"Sobrang nahihiya po ako at in-open ko talaga kay Sir Boyet na nahihiya po akong gawin ito kasi sobrang iba sa mga nagawa ko na dati.
"Sexy talaga siya kung titingnan.
"Sobrang nice po ni Sir Boyet kaya nagawa ko rin po ng maayos sa tulong niya.
"Bilang Maita, pinapasok ko na lang ang sarili ko sa character para magawa ko nang maayos ang role."
According to Ritz, doing the lap dance was even more daring for her compared to posing as the cover girl for the FHM November 2012 issue.
When asked to give his assessment of Ritz, Christopher flashed a thumbs up sign as he described Ritz as "double okay. She was Maita when I was doing the scene."
The veteran actor says about his role, "I own the place. I play Anthony Cadiz and I get to marry Ritz. [I'm one] lucky, lucky guy."
CAST MEMBERS. The show Misibis Bay features a power struggle between Anthony Cadiz (Christopher de Leon) and his sister Miranda (played by Vivian Velez).
Since Anthony owns the exclusive resort, Miranda will do everything to wrest power away from him.
Luke Jickain says about his character Tommy, "Ako ang general manager of the resort and also the lifeguard. Ako yung secret lover ni Ms. Vivia Velez."
Christopher's character, Anthony, has three sons from different mothers.
These are Daniel Matsunaga as Andrew, the eldest son; Victor Silayan as Bernard, the middle son; and Vin Abrenica as Charlie, the youngest son who is adopted.
Andrew (played by Brazilian hottie Daniel) is engaged to Lara (played by Megan Young). When he learns abot his father's wedding to a much younger woman, Andrew decides to give way.
As the middle son Bernard, Victor says: "Isa ako sa mga mai in love kay Ritz pero ang twist is: am I really after love or may sarili akong motivation?" His character is a playboy who loves to organize parties at the resort.
Vin says that he has a change of image as Charlie. "Kung sa Never Say Goodbye, mukha akong pulubi at mukhang probinsiyano, isa naman akong mayaman."
Megan Young's character, Lara, runs her family's garments manufacturing company.
"I play Lara, magma maldita ako ulit dito tulad ng ginawa ko sa Never Say Goodbye. May rift between sa amin ni Ritz at malalaman nyo kung bakit kapag
pinanood n'yo ang Misibis Bay," said Megan.
(View photos: On the set of Misibis Bay)