Joyce Ching finally graduates from teenybopper roles and accepts a more mature role for Hahamakin Ang Lahat.
Formerly titled Anything For You, GMA-7's new afternoon drama series is topbilled by Joyce and her ex-boyfriend and perennial onscreen partner Kristoffer Martin.
Her other leading man in the series is newbie actor Bruno Gabriel, son of former actress Lani Lobangco.
Joyce will play the role of Rachel, a Chinese college student who becomes rebellious towards her family.
The 21-year-old actress explained, "Ako po si Rachel, rebelde siya na anak. Mabuti naman siyang tao pero yung surface kasi niya, parang very strong ako, proud akong tao.
"Pero deep inside hurting kasi hindi niya nafi-feel yung love ng family, kung sino sino, wala siyang security."
But the most important twist for her character is that she suddenly gets pregnant by her boyfriend (played by Bruno).
During the October 12 set visit for her new show, Joyce told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select media reporters that she treats this new role as a step up from characters she used to portray on television.
"Nagkaroon ako ng fear pero at the same time, na-excite din ako kasi nga ang hirap umalis sa tween na image.
"Sobrang push-and-pull yung nangyayari, e. Parang sige bigyan natin siya ng mature na role tapos babalik sa sobrang bata.
"Tapos since mabubuntis nga, hopefully hindi na sobrang bagets yung tingin ng tao sa akin."
In the series, her character is a swimmer that's why she will be seen wearing two-piece swimsuits.
She said with a laugh, "Since rebel ako, pasaway nga ako, habang naka one-piece lahat ng teammates ko, ako naka two piece."
The former Tween Hearts actress admitted that she was initially afraid when she accepted the role of a pregnant young adult.
She disclosed, "Noong una po, nagkaroon lang ako ng fear kasi ayoko maging peke yung dating kasi hindi ko alam, siyempre di pa ako nabubuntis.
"Hindi ko alam yung feeling ng dilemma na baka buntis ako. Gusto ko maging natural kapag ginawa yung mga ganitong eksena."
Aside from Kristoffer and Bruno, other stars of Hahamakin Ang Lahat include Thea Tolentino, Snooky Serna, Eula Valdes, Renz Valerio, Chinggoy Alonso, and Ariel Rivera who is making a comeback on the Kapuso Network.
The new show will premiere on October 31 and is set to replace Sinungaling Mong Puso starring Rhian Ramos.
KISSING SCENES. For this series, she will have onscreen rivalry with Thea, who is known to be one of GMA's young kontrabidas.
Before Joyce was given lead roles in teleseryes, she used to be one of GMA's teen kontrabidas, that's why many Kapuso viewers are excited to see them working together.
"Sobrang fun kasi masama yung ugali ko at the same time mabait ako.
"Even yung mga tao, noong nakita nilang magkasama kami ni Thea, na-excite sila kasi nga parehas kami nagkokontrabida ni Thea so excited sila makita paano mag-away yung dalawang kontrabida."
When asked if viewers should expect sampalan scenes from the two, she answered with a laugh, "Ako po nag-e-expect. Opo tingin ko."
Joyce also hinted that she will have several kissing scenes with Kristoffer and Bruno.
Joyce Ching will do kissing scenes with her Hahamakin Ang Lahat leading men Bruno Gabriel (in black) and Kristoffer Martin.
Joyce said, "Madami po pero hindi naman super kissing scene. Smack smack lang. Walang love scene.
"Hindi naman talaga siya sobrang pasexy, parang step up lang from being a tween.
"Yung character ko po kasi is a swimmer so hindi rin siya talaga ite-take as nagpapasexy din ako or anything.
"Nasanay kasi yung mga tao na balot na balot, very bagets, batang bata.
"So dito ipapakita lang na medyo nag-a-age na rin, nag-go-grow na rin."
(To know more about the series, Read: Joyce Ching and Kristoffer Martin reunited for GMA series Anything For You)