Another chapter has closed for Marian Rivera now that the fantasy series she top-bills, Super Ma'am, has come to an end.
Last Friday, January 26, Super Ma'am—which also starred Kim Domingo, Helen Gamboa, Joyce Ching, Kristoffer Martin, Enrico Cuenca, Jerald Napoles, among many others—aired its final episode after four months on the GMA Network's primetime slot.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with the 33-year-old lead star who expressed her gratitude to her home network.
Marian and her husband, Dingdong Dantes, were among the VIP guests at the launch of Couturissimo's first store in the Philippines at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City.
It has been more than two years since Marian headlined a prime-time series on the Kapuso network. Her last prime-time show was Carmela (2014), with Alden Richards as her leading man.
GMA-7's Prime Time Queen expressed her gratitude to her home network for giving her the best projects they could offer.
Marian told PEP, "Gusto ko rin kunin yung opportunity na magpasalamat. Sabi ko ang tagal kong nawala sa showbiz, parang two and a half years. Siyempre nagbuntis ako, nagkaanak ako.
"Yung anim na buwan na pagte-taping ko [para sa Super Ma'am], masasabi ko na isa sa mga the best ng buhay ko ,bilang sa mga nakasama ko dun, grateful ako dahil tinuring kong isa sa pamilya ko din yung cast ng Super Ma'am."
She added, "And pangalawa, of course, GMA. Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa GMA at patuloy akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng blessings nila sa akin, sa pagtitiwala nila sa akin.
"At ginagampanan ko ang bawat ng role nang 100% talaga, kaya sobra-sobrang pasasalamat ko sa GMA."
GRATEFUL TO GMA. The Super Ma'am actress also took the opportunity to clarify that she never turned down any upcoming project with her home network.
Reports had noted that she did not accept one offer made by GMA-7.
Marian, possibly not wanting to dismay GMA-7, said, "Actually, nagulat din ako sa article na yun. Sabi ko nga wala akong karapatan na gawin yan sa GMA kasi malaki ang utang na loob ko sa GMA.
"At kung meron man offer na ganyan, wala namang saraduhan pa na mga, alam mo yun, na trabaho o ganito. At nililiban ko 'yan sa manager ko, and then, 'pag ayos na sila, saka ako uupo sa kanila.
"Pero with GMA, naku hindi, malaki ang respeto ko sa GMA at never ko gagawin 'yan sa kanila."
Now that Super Ma'am has ended, Marian is planning a short break with her husband and their daughter Zia. However, the Kapuso actress pointed that she'll resume working right after their short vacation.
Marian gushed, "Weeks lang! Baka three days nga lang, e, ganun lang. Siyempre, after ng trabaho kailangan naman namin mag-unwind kahit papa'no.
"Pero it doesn't mean na hindi ako magta-trabaho kasi dire-direcho pa rin ang trabaho."
Her fans can still watch her on the Kapuso network's weekend programs, including the drama anthology Tadhana and the variety-comedy show Sunday PinaSaya.
NEW PROJECTS? Meanwhile, Marian is already looking forward to her next prime-time series for the Kapuso network.
She enthused, "Of course, excited din ako sa GMA na kung ano yung susunod na project ko sa kanila kasi alam ko na this year, alam ko may gagawin akong soap sa kanila."
The Kapuso network has yet to lay out its next project for the actress.
Marian narrated, "Dun sa soap opera, wala pa namang nalalatag sa akin ang GMA kasi katatapos pa lang ng Super Ma'am, so hindi ko pa alam kung ano yung i-o-offer nila sa akin.
"Definitely, for sure, ifi-fit nila 'yan para sa akin at ibibigay yung best of the best para sa akin."
One thing Marian misses doing is movies. The Prime Time Queen said she's open to accepting challenging roles that she has not yet done in the past.
As she told PEP, "I want to try something new naman na out-of-the box."
When asked if she has a character in mind, she answered, "Marami ako naiisip, pero siyempre mahirap mag-isip nang walang konsepto, so mas maganda siguro may konsepto muna kung paano ko huhugutin yung character bago ako mag-decide."
The Kapuso star added that a "heavy drama" film has already been offered to her, but that her management team, Triple A led by Rams David, will take charge of choosing her possible movie project.
Marian said, "Management ko muna ang magde-decide, at ngayon, pag-okay na sa kanila, saka nila ilalatag sa akin."
The star who shot to fame with the GMA teleserye Marimar noted that there are many factors to be considered by her management team.
She said, "Ang hirap din pumili ng bagay-bagay na hindi pinag-aralan kasi siyempre hindi naman ako bata, matured naman na ako, may anak na ako, so gusto ko talagang salain yung mga projects na ibibigay sa akin."