Melissa Ricks says team-up with Matt Evans is "going strong"

by Nerisa Almo
Mar 26, 2009
"I'm so happy and nervous din kasi malaking responsibilidad, remake ulit ito. Kailangan talagang galingan. 'Yong tiwalang ibinigay sa akin ng ABS-CBN, hindi ko sila ile-let down," says Melissa Ricks about her upcoming afternoon soap called Kambal sa Uma.

Although the stars of Your Song Presents: Underage already had their last taping recently, Melissa Ricks said that there is still more to watch out for in this eight-part ABS-CBN Sunday drama.

"Naku, manood kayo marami pang magaganap na ikawiwindang ninyo!" said the young actress, adding that she really had a hard time portraying her role as Celina in this series, which is a TV adaptation of '80s Regal movie.

"Pero sobrang nahirapan ako sa Underage. Talagang ang hirap para sa akin ng role na 'yon. Pero nagawa naman namin. Pagkatapos ng last taping day namin, sobrang proud kami sa sarili namin.

"Siyempre, na-sad din kami kasi it's over na.Hindi na kami magkikita ng mga sis ko. Nagdyo-joke nga kami, 'Underage 2, Underage 2!'Hindi na [siya mae-extend], talagang eight episodes lang siya at ito kasi, mayroon din kaming susunod na project ni [Matt]," related Melissa before the story conference of her new project, the afternoon soap Kambal sa Uma, earlier this afternoon, March 26, at Gusi restaurant in Quezon City.

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Kambal sa Uma is the TV remake of the 1979 film starring Rio Locisn, who played "taong daga."

Speaking of her upcoming ABS-CBN soap, Melissa said that she's glad to be paired again with her former Pedro Penduko co-star, who has become her onscreen partner for almost three years now.

"Siyempre, masaya na naman," said Melissa. "Siyempre kasi mahirap kapag iba na naman ang kasama ko kasi si Matt na lagi ang kasama ko, e. Nag-e-enjoy naman kaming magkasama, nag-aasaran lang kami."

MORE DARING PROJECT. Before her interview with PEP, TV director Manny Palo teased melissa and Matt about the kissing scene that they did for Underage. The director gave some pointers to the young love team about what they could have done to make the scene better.

PEP asked Melissa what else can they give to Pinoy viewers in their next project. She jested: "Mas daring... Mas daring si Matt!"

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This just proves that Melissa is still not comfortable doing such scenes even if she has been Matt's partner ever since Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko.

"Siyempre kasi hindi naman gawain," the 19-year-old actress explained. "Siyempre awkward kasi kami parang lagi kaming nag-aasaran. So, kapag may moment na ganun, nakakatawa. Pagkatapos [ng eksena], nagtatawanan lang kami."

But Melissa is willing to give more on their next project only if it's needed on the scene.

"I will prepare myself!" she laughed. "Kailangang maghanda ako sa ganyan. Kailangang mag-workshop ako para naman for a change."

FLOWERS FROM JAKE. PEP also asked Melissa if fellow Kapamilya star Jake Cuenca is trying to woo her.

Melissa replied, "Ayaw ko rin naman kasing pangunahan kung ano ang nangyayari, kung nanliligaw ba siya or whatever. Ang sa akin lang, nag-e-enjoy ako sa company niya, napa-flatter ako sa ginagawa niya, natutuwa ako sa kanya, and he's a really, really nice guy. We don't go out, pero like he texts me, nangangamusta siya, sa ASAP lang ganyan. Pero otherwise, hindi kami nagkikita."

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During the interview, Direk Manny joined the conversation to tell an incident where Melissa received flowers from Jake while they were taping in Tanay, Rizal for Underage. So is it true that Jake is still sending her flowers?

Melissa, trying to veer away from the topic, replied: "Minsan."

Melissa admitted that she's worried that this issue might affect her successful team up with Matt.

She said, "Natatakot ako, pero I think naman 'yong foundation kasi namin ni Matt is stronger than that. Three years na kaming love team. Kahit kami, hindi naman kami naapektuhan sa ganyan, e. Basta we do our job well, professional kami, at whatever you see on screen, totoo naman 'yon for that moment."

Then she told their avid followers: "Siguro sa mga fans namin, hindi sila dapat mag-alala dahil kami ni Matt going strong as a love team."

MATT REACTS. Melissa's onscreen partner Matt was seated beside her the whole time during the interview, so he was also asked about the possible effect of news about Jake and Melissa to their love team

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The 20-year-old actor said that with him and Melissa, it's purely work. "Alam naman natin na kapag kaming dalawa, trabaho kapag trabaho talaga. Kailangan talagang ingatan namin [ang team-up namin]. At saka kapag trabaho, professional," he said.

Although, he admitted that this may affect the current status of their professional relationship as a love team.

"Siyempre, mahirap din 'yong ganun kasi, di ba, baka mamaya masira? Mahirap din naman 'yon, tatlong taon na kami ang magkasama. Nagwo-worry din naman ako, siyempre."

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"I'm so happy and nervous din kasi malaking responsibilidad, remake ulit ito. Kailangan talagang galingan. 'Yong tiwalang ibinigay sa akin ng ABS-CBN, hindi ko sila ile-let down," says Melissa Ricks about her upcoming afternoon soap called Kambal sa Uma.
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