Actress Jessy Mendiola. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) It is a dream come true for actress Jessy Mendiola to take on the role of Maria Mercedes, originally played by Mexican superstar Thalia in the series of the same name.
"Pwede ko na sabihin, ang tagal kong itinago ito -- ako si Maria Mercedes," Mendiola said in a press conference on Wednesday. "Isa talaga si Maria Mercedes sa dream roles ko kaya excited ako para sa project na ito."
Mendiola said that she still can't believe that she was cast in the role. She was last seen in the afternoon series "Paraiso," with rumored boyfriend Matteo Guidicelli.
Joining her in the upcoming series are Jake Cuenca, Jason Abalos, Vina Morales, Dominic Ochoa, Nadia Montenegro and Vivian Velez. It will be directed by Rechie del Carmen.
"Hanggang ngayon ay hindi ako makapaniwala na gagampanan ko ang isang napakaganda at iconic character na talaga namang minahal ng maraming Filipino," Mendiola said.
"Sobra akong surprised kaya noong nalaman ko na ako si Maria Mercedes, naging emosyonal ako. Pangarap kong maging siya. Tapos pinakanta pa sa akin 'yung theme song. Ang saya ko na pinagkakatiwalaan pa din ako ngayon," she added.
Apart from the series, Mendiola is also preparing for her first movie with box-office actor John Lloyd Cruz. Also joining them in the upcoming Star Magic movie are stars Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez.