Nikki says 'Apoy sa Dagat' role her most 'draining, enriching'

By Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jan 16 2013 06:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 02:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Although her role in an upcoming ABS-CBN drama series is limited, Nikki Gil considers it her most "enriching" portrayal to date.

After a press conference held Tuesday for 9 Works Theatrical's staging of "They're Playing Our Song", the 25-year-old singer-actress recalled her experience filming for the new ABS-CBN soap "Apoy sa Dagat".

"It was by far the most draining experience ever, but at the same time the most enriching in terms of acting and in the arts because I was able to work with a really fantastic director, beyond amazing, Direk F.M. Reyes," Gil told

Starring Angelica Panganiban, Piolo Pascual, Diether Ocampo and Angel Aquino, the upcoming series will start airing during ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block in February.

"The story is wonderful. I'm excited for the rest of the story. Because we did only the pilot episode, that was like a week-long lang, and I wish I could work with them longer," said Gil, who starred in the afternoon drama "Mundo Man ay Magunaw" last year.

In a recently released trailer for "Apoy sa Dagat", Gil's character is separated from her daughter after a ship accident. She is also caught in a love triangle with the characters portrayed by Patrick Garcia and Empress Schuck.

"It's a really heavy role, because that's what the pilot needs," Gil said. "We had to give it all in that one week. That was super... I was like, I've already killed everyone I love in my head, and I felt like when I go home, if something bad happens, I wouldn't have any more tears to shed."

In the press conference that preceded the interview, Gil related that she had to adjust anew to stage acting, after doing "teleserye crying." Unlike her character in "Apoy sa Dagat", Gil's new theater role is "quirky and funny."

Starting February 8 at the RCBC Plaza in Makati, Gil will take on the role of lyricist Sonia Walsk in 9 Works Theatrical's revival staging of the musical comedy "They're Playing Our Song".