2006 Mossimo Bikini Summit winner Joyce So can't believe her good fortune on being selected by ABS-CBN to be part of Judy Ann Santos' upcoming primetime series, Habang May Buhay.
Touted as the "first-nurse serye on Philippine television," Habang May Buhay is reportedly slated for launching early next year under the direction of Wenn Deramas, Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Mark Meily.
At the launching of The Bar's newest apple flavor vodka held recently at Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City, Joyce excitedly told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about her role and feeling dumbstruck in the presence of her more established co-actors.
"May affair ako dun kay Derek Ramsay [character] and first time ko siya maka-trabaho, e ang guwapo niya kaya nakaka-distract," related Joyce over dinner.
But Joyce's greatest star-struck experience is reserved for the lead star, Judy Ann Santos or Juday.
"Nakaka-intimidate at first pero after I got through that initial feeling, nakita ko talaga na sobrang bait niya and sobrang down-to-earth niya," she praised Juday, and then beamed, "Sobrang love ko siya!"
ONE STEP FORWARD. While Joyce feels honored to star in a primetime series bannered by a huge star, the sexy neophyte tries her best not to be overwhelmed by her latest career development. On the other hand, she'd rather not feel complacent, to avoid disappointment should expectations fell short in the end.
"Siyempre feeling mo nasa next level ka na pero at the same time ayoko bigyan ng pressure ang sarili ko so gagawin ko na lang ang best ko," she said.
Joyce's role of choice is a villain, "Parang mas effective po yata sa akin 'yon," she smiled.
"Pero seriously, gusto ko 'yong challenge playing a villain role. But off-camera hindi naman ganun ang personality ko so depende na 'yon sa tao kung maniniwala sila sa character ng role na gagawin ko. In real life hindi naman talaga ako kontravida so I guess kung magagawa kong believable 'yong role ko then it means effective 'yong portrayal ko."
Actually, Joyce is not entirely a novice in the field, having done a few modeling gigs and television guestings in between. Since bagging the Mossimo bikini tilt three years ago, Joyce admitted getting used to the erratic work schedules, along with losing her privacy in showbiz.
"Medyo nakakapag-adjust na ko pero 'yon nga, kung gusto mo mag-showbiz kapalit naman nun privacy mo pero that's all part since ito ang pinili kong trabaho."
A hectic itinerary entails limited downtime with friends plus major to minor adjustments in one's social calendar.
"Siyempre ngayon may image ka na ding pinuprotektahan, so guarded ka na din and maingat para walang masabi ang mga tao."