MANILA, Philippines -- Actress Judy Ann Santos, dubbed the Queen of Philippine Soap Operas, is set to return to primetime via ABS-CBN's new series "Against All Odds."
|Santos will star alongside KC Concepcion in "Against All Odds"
Santos, whose last TV series was "Habang May Buhay" in 2010, will star alongside actress KC Concepcion and actor Sam Milby in the new teleserye that aims to "empower women."
"Very relatable [ang role ko] sa mga babae. Nakaka-empower ito ng mga babae, sa mga housewife, mga magulang, sa mga may anak. Inspirasyon talaga siya," Santos said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
On returning to primetime after two years, Santos admitted she is nervous, citing the challenges of tackling the ever-changing taste of TV audiences, and her apprehension of having time apart from her family.
"I'm excited, pero andu'n din 'yung kaba. Iba na 'yung takbo ngayon ng televiewers, hindi mo na rin alam kung saan ka puposisyon, kung makukuha mo 'yung kiliti nila sa ganitong klaseng eksena," she said.
"'Yun din ang apprehension, na 'pag gumawa ako ng series, baka mawalan ako ng time sa mga bagets," she added.
Santos, who is married to actor-host Ryan Agoncillo, is a mother of two children, Yohan and Lucho.
In anticipation of the busy schedule that comes with filming a series, the actress said she has reached an agreement with the management on her work schedule, so she will not be deprived of quality time with her family.
"Napaka-understanding naman ng buong unit. Sinabi ko naman sa kanila na sana kung maaari, ayoko na 'yung taping tapos edit tapos palabas na, parang panahon pa ni 'Krystala' 'yun. Sana tapos na ako du'n," she said.
"Very accommodating naman sila sa mga request ko, pero it's a give and take relationship as well. Walang hindi napag-uusapan."
Aside from Concepcion and Milby, Santos will be joined in "Against All Odds" by John Estrada, Mylene Dizon, Jessy Mendiola, Joseph Marco, Bryan Termulo, Tirso Cruz III and Coney Reyes.