MANILA, Philippines -- KC Concepcion doesn't mind being given a supporting role in her latest TV project, despite having previously played lead in a primetime series.
KC Concepcion as Alexis in 'Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala.' -- Photo: Handout
In fact, the 28-year-old actress said she considers it an "honor" to share a project with Judy Ann Santos, who leads the cast of the upcoming Kapamilya series "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala."
The series, which will start airing Monday during ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block, is billed as the return of Santos as the "Queen of Pinoy Soap Opera."
"Si Miss Judy Ann Santos po iyon," Concepcion told reporters during a press conference held Tuesday for the series. "Of course, had it been a different actress, iba 'yung magiging desisyon ko, pero it's Ms. Judy Ann Santos."
Concepcion's last lead role in a primetime series was as Vivian in the 2009 Philippine remake of "Lovers in Paris," where she was cast opposite actor Piolo Pascual.
"If it's someone like Ate Juday," Concpecion continued, "it's an honor more than anything. It's a huge, huge opportunity to learn from her din."
She added: "Hindi lang naman 'yung nakikita ng mga tao on-screen ['yung maaari kong matutunan], kung 'di 'yung mga nagaganap din behind-the-scenes 'yung habol mo roon."
In "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala," Concepcion portrays Alexis, the woman who comes between the characters portrayed by Santos and actor Sam Milby.
Describing her character, which she considers a "challenge" to portray, Concepcion said, "Bulag na bulag na bulag na talaga siya [sa pag-ibig] na hindi niya talaga maiwan si Eros (Milby), hindi niya talaga maiwan 'yung taong mahal niya."
"Siguro 'yun 'yung pinagkaiba namin," she added. "Bilang KC, masasabi ko talaga na may mga ginagawa si Alexis dito na hindi talaga dapat tularan ng mga kababaihan!"
Asked whether she is concerned that her public image may be affected by her "kontrabida" role, Concepcion said she trusts that her supporters will be discerning of her "career move."
"Parang sa lahat ng pinagdaanan ko sa publiko, feeling ko naman, parang mahal naman nila ako for who I am," she said.
"This is also a career choice for me, na gusto ko rin ipakita sa mga tao na hindi nagtatapos doon, na marami pang pupuntahan," she said.
Directed by Jerry Sineneng, Tots Sanchez-Mariscal, and Malu Sevilla, "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" also stars John Estrada, Tirso Cruz III, Coney Reyes, Susan Africa, Mylene Dizon, Matet de Leon, Empress, Bryan Termulo, and Joseph Marco.