At the grand presscon of Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali? last Wednesday night, January 27, Empress Schuck surprised entertainment reporters when the full trailer of the afternoon soap showcased her kissing scene with Geoff Eigenmann.
“Nakita niyo naman sa trailer.
“Nagulat ako sa sarili ko. Kaya ko pala gawin yun."
“Hindi ko pa yun nagagawa sa kabila [ABS-CBN], dito lang [GMA Network],” she pointed out.
Known for her heavy drama yet wholesome roles, Empress said that she felt it’s time for her to take on bolder roles.
“Yung kissing scene [with Geoff], hindi super torrid pero mas mahaba lang talaga.
“Tapos yung totoong halik. Madalas doon [ABS-CBN] puro daya, dito totoo siya.
“Nasa kama kami pero kiss kiss lang,” she added.
When Philippine Entertainment Portal asked if her parents approve of her daring move, Empress maintained that they have always been supportive of her career from the start.
“Dati hindi talaga ako pumapayag sa mga ganun kasi bata pa talaga ako.
“Ngayon mag-22 [years old] na ako so I think it’s about time.
“Kailangan ko rin mag-grow bilang artista at bilang tao.
“Sabi ko talaga, go na! Wala nang excuse para hindi ko pa gawin yun.”
Empress, who signed a program contract with GMA Network last December, said that she has no problem playing a kontrabida role for the first time in her career.
“Actually, nung nag-meeting kami sinabi ko naman sa kanila yun na gusto ko naman mag-try ng offbeat role.
“Gusto ko naman ng mga kontrabida [roles]. Ako na mismo nagsabi na ‘baka puwede.’ Sabi nila, ‘O sige.’”
As it is, the former exclusive Kapamilya talent admittedly went through a difficult phase because of her lack of teleserye projects for the past two years.
But since ABS-CBN doesn’t seem to have any TV offers for her, Empress decided to become a freelance artist and do a project with GMA.
It was truly a tough decision since she had been with the Kapamilya network since she was 15 years old.
“Mahirap po. Hindi kami agad-agad talaga [nag-decide]. Matagal din yung pag-uusap.
“Naalala ko pa matagal din yung usapan namin nila Tita Becky [Aguila, her manager], nila Mama kung ano ang pros and cons.
“Mahirap talaga sa akin kasi siyempre dun talaga ako lumaki. Kasi parang bagong school. Dito ka galing school tapos kailangan mo grumaduate,” she related.
But after all she had been through, Empress is grateful for the chance to start afresh via the Kapuso Network's newest afternoon soap, Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali?
“Warm yung pagwelcome nila sa akin kaya malaking tulong yun.”
Empress started her showbiz career as a child star in various GMA soaps including Munting Anghel (2000), Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (2001), and Ang Iibigin ay Ikaw (2002).
She also did a notable role as Cassiopeia in the hit fantaserye Etheria (2005), which topbilled Iza Calzado and Dingdong Dantes.