Mylene Dizon returns to GMA-7 after four years via the upcoming prime-time series, Sahaya.
In this Kapuso show, Mylene will play the mother of Sahaya, played by Bianca Umali. Both of their characters are Badjao (spelled as Badjaw on the show).
This is Mylene's comeback teleserye with the Kapuso network, after doing several projects with her original mother network, ABS-CBN.
Her last drama series with GMA-7 was Once Upon A Kiss, which was also top-billed by Bianca and love-team partner, Miguel Tanfelix.
According to Sahaya's program manager, Helen Rose Sese, Mylene is the perfect choice for the role of Sahaya's mother basically because of her features.
She pointed out that there are similarities between Mylene and her onscreen daughter Bianca as well as Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who will play the young Mylene.
"Si Jasmine Curtis, who plays the mom of Bianca, ang galing din niya.
"Si Jasmine yun hanggang 7 years old yung Sahaya character, and then pag lumaki, magiging Mylene Dizon and then si Bianca na [si Sahaya].
"Ang ganda rin kasi iisa yung features ng ilong nila si Mylene, si Jasmine, and si Bianca.
"Yes, plus the color, the acting, ang galing."
How did they offer the role to Mylene?
The GMA executive answered, "Perfect lang din kasi now na wala siyang ginagawang soap sa kabila and willing naman siya and she is so excited sa character so she accepted it."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with select entertainment reporters, spoke to Sese during the February 14 pocket press conference for Sahaya.
When PEP.ph pointed out that Once Upon A Kiss was Mylene's last show with GMA-7, both Bianca and Miguel both expressed their excitement to be working again with the original Gimik actress.
Miguel noticed, "Kaya pala kilala niya pa tayo.
"Noong first time na makita namin ulit si Miss Mylene Dizon, ang tawag niya sa amin, Tanfelix! Bianca Umali! Sobrang close namin, parang di kami nalayo nang matagal."
Bianca remarked, "We are both happy knowing that we're working with her again. Sa Once Upon A Kiss, she was Miguel's mom. This time, my mom."