Young actress Melissa Ricks is up for another challenge in her acting career this year.
In the upcoming ABS-CBN TV series Walang Hanggan, the former Star Circle Quest runner-up will be portraying a kontrabida character for the first time.
"I wanted kontrabida role," she told PEP.ph during her McDo birthday party prepared by the fans club Melicks last January 8, on Quezon Avenue.
Melissa said she really asked for this role from ABS-CBN management because, "I felt na it's for me. I think 'yon ang forte ko, e.
"So sana ma-achieve ko, ma-handle ko well, and sana magustuhan ng mga tao."
She refused to describe her role in detail, but she was certain that "it's really far from my character."
The Star Magic talent added, "I get to play somebody that I am not and it's fun...I just really like it!"
Another thing: "Ang maa-assure ko lang po, hindi na ako mawawala sa Walang Hanggan. Makikita na ako doon."
END OF NASAAN KA ELISA? Meanwhile, the Star Magic talent considered her about-to-end soap as a "big blessing."
To elaborate, "It was a chance to reinvent myself nga and show people na aktres ako.
"It was a role na I never thought na tatanggapin ko.
"Sa totoo lang, hindi ko aakalain na gagawa ako ng gano'n kasi nga medyo risky, medyo mahirap.
"Pero ABS-CBN gave me a chance to do a role...marami namang puwedeng gumanap as Elisa but they chose me so, I'm very thankful."
And she did not disappoint.
Her series became consistently part of the the top ten during its run, based on the TV ratings of AGB Nielsen and Kantar-TNS.
"Siyempre, gusto kong magpasalamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa Nasaan Ka, Elisa?
"Noong start, medyo we had a rough start kasi medyo ibang kuwento talaga.
"Pero as the story went on, maraming kumapit, maraming sumubaybay.
"And 'yong ratings po namin, sobrang thankful po talaga ako.
"Sa timeslot na 'yon, it's doing very, very well.
"Hanggang sa matapos po kami sa Friday [January 13], sana magtuluy-tuloy lang po na pataas nang pataas ang ratings namin."
What can the viewers expect from its last few episodes,?
Melissa smiled and replied, "Malalaman niyo po kung sino ba talaga ang mawawala, kung sino talaga ang magpapaalam. So, sana panoorin n'yo po."