Zsa Zsa Padilla returns to doing teleseryes by entering ABS-CBN's drama series Wildflower.
As the show's October 20 episode reveals, Zsa Zsa is the mysterious lady called Red Dragon, the real mother of Emilia Ardiente-Torillo, played by Aiko Melendez.
Some viewers speculated that Zsa Zsa would play the mysterious character based on close-up shots of her lips and her hands.
Zsa Zsa confirmed this when she had an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last October 10, during the press conference of her movie Bes and the Beshies, with the assurance that the article would come out at the end of her episode.
According to the 53-year-old actress, Wildflower's business unit head Ruel S. Bayani had offered her kontrabida roles in the past but she turned them all down.
She said, "Kaibigan ko talaga si Direk Ruel Bayani. Noong dating may in-offer siya sa akin, sobrang bad ng role!
"Nahihirapan talaga ako pag bad kasi tutungtong pa lang ako ng entablado [pag may concert], parang galit na galit na sa akin yung mga tao!
"Although, short din naman ang memory nila na, pag tapos na ang soap, bati bati na naman.
"Pero alam mo ako, bilang isang fan, apektado din ako sa ganyan, ang ingay ko nga manuod, e, so naiintindihan ko rin naman."
Ruel eventuallyb convinced Zsa Zsa to accept the role as the new kontrabida to lead actress Maja Salvador.
In Wildflower, Maja plays lead character Lily Cruz, who was formerly known as Ivy Aguas.
Zsa Zsa continued, "Pero naisip ko nga, nag-concert ako, i-e-embrace ko na lang, minsan talaga lalabas ako as Red Dragon.
"Siguro matutuwa yung audience, kung meron mang makakasubaybay na manunuod [ng concerts].
"Sabi niya, alam ko, ayaw mo ng ganoon kasi nahihirapan ka pag kumakanta ka. Pero maganda kasi lahat naman doon, even yung character ni Maja, ganun din.
"So sige, kung talagang sine-celebrate naman noong show yung pagkakontra, sige.
"Ang maganda kasi pag nagkokontrabida, they give you the liberty to change the dialogues, make it better, i-build yung character. It's really fun to play, hindi yung iyak ka nang iyak."
Aside from her apprehensions about portraying a villain role, Zsa Zsa also had to turn down previous offers because of her trips abroad.
In fact, she is set to go to the United States for her concert titled Diva to Diva 2. She will be joined by Kuh Ledesma, Mitch Valdes, and Nanette Inventor.
However, the Wildflower team made adjustments to accommodate the days when Zsa Zsa could make it to the taping.
The veteran actress explained, "May mga naging offer sa akin, pang apat na ito na hindi ko matanggap because of my trips.
"Kasi kakaalis ko lang noong nag-ASAP, after ng ASAP sa Toronto, nag week-and-a-half pa ata ako na nag-East Coast tour ako with my family.
"Tapos noon, two weeks lang ako sa Manila, umalis uli ako ng three weeks, pumunta ako ng Paris and Italy.
"So sabi ko ngayon, kung papayag kayo, kasi may trip ako to the States for Diva to Diva 2, two shows lang pero mawawala ako for two weeks.
"Papayag ba kayo, and they said yes, so naplano nila na we'll work around it. Natuwa naman ako, sige. And parang napakaswerte ko lang na maging parte ng isang napaka-successful na show."
PLAYING AIKO'S MOTHER. Zsa Zsa had no qualms accepting the role, even if she will play a character ten years older than her actual age.
The 53-year-old actress is cast as the mother of Aiko's character.
In real life, Aiko is 41, or only 12 years younger than Zsa Zsa.
The OPM hitmaker said, "I will be playing a role who's probably 10 years older than me.
"Kung mukha siyang sixty, e, siyempre naman, she can afford plastic surgery, di ba? Nip and tuck here and there.
"Kasi socialite din siya, e. Pero within the week na she's exposed, malalaman na ng audience [ang pagkatao niya].
Wildflower is known for its confrontation and fight scenes, especially those involving Emilia, Lily, and Camia (played by Sunshine Cruz).
Zsa Zsa said she has limitations when it comes to fight scenes because of her scoliosis.
However, she pointed out, "Pero, siyempre, siguro naman, sa edad niya, hindi naman na siguro siya susugod, kasi kung 60-year-old ka na, hindi ka na ganun katapang.
"May mga bodyguard ka na para iligpit yang whatever, pero yung exchange of words, nandiyan!"
Zsa Zsa's last teleserye was the primetime series The Story of Us, which aired in 2016.
Her last TV drama appearance was for the recent Maalaala Mo Kaya episode that featured the life story of Pia Wurtzbach.
Wildflower, which started airing on February 13, 2017, is now on its fourth season.
The TV show recently trended on social media after airing the episode where Maja had a long fight scene while in her high heels.
Maja received praise even from celebrities of ABS-CBN and GMA-7.