Mexican superstar Thalia gave a personalized message to Maria Mercedes star Jessy Mendiola.
Thalia's message was shown to advertisers during the recent ABS-CBN trade event wherein she wished Kapamilya actress Jessy Mendiola good luck in reprising her iconic role for the upcoming Pinoy adaptation of hit '90s telenovela Maria Mercedes.
"Thank you to Jessy. All the luck in the world. You’re going to make an amazing job. All the production and all the cast, good luck in Maria Mercedes," said Thalia via a taped Skype interview for the current affairs show Tapatan ni Tunying.
Jessy is the third actress to play a "Maria" role among Thalia's so-called Maria-seryes on Philippine television. Carla Abellana was GMA-7's choice to topbill its remake of Rosalinda while Erich Gonzales starred in the Philippine version of Maria la del Barrio.
Marian Rivera also reprised a Thalia role when she was chosen to play the title character in GMA-7's remake of Marimar.
Jessy is the only one who received a personalized message from Mexican superstar Thalia.
"Sobrang laki ng pasasalamat ko at napakaswerte ko na mapili bilang si Maria Mercedes. Napakabait at napakaganda ni Thalia at sobra rin akong nagpapasalamat na ibinigay niya sa akin ang basbas niya. Mas lalo pa akong na-inspire na paghusayan ang pagganap ko bilang Maria Mercedes,” Jessy was quoted as saying in a release sent by ABS-CBN's corporate communications department.
Before the surprise video was shown at the trade launch, Jessy first sizzled the stage as she performed the theme song of Maria Mercedes, which she also sang and recorded, for the very first time together with her leading men Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos.
ABS-CBN also gave advertisers a glimpse of what to expect from the show by premiering the full trailer of Maria Mercedes directed by Chito Roño.
Aside from Jessy, the Philippine version of Maria Mercedes also stars Jake Cuenca and Jason Abalos. Vina Morales stars as Magnolia, the mother of Maria Mercedes in this series.