MANILA, Philippines – After taking on a dual role in the Emmy-winning afternoon series "Impostor," Maja Salvador was set to move on to starring in "Imortal," until her role in the series was supposedly cut.
The actress' "Imortal" role wasn't the first she had had to let go of.
"'Moon River,' 'Flordeluna,' 'Imortal,' nagte-taping na ako, tapos magde-decide ang management na hindi ipalabas. O kaya, papalitan ako kasi hindi ako fit sa role. Baka masyado pa raw akong bata," Salvador told StarStudio magazine in its October 2012 issue.
First reported in 2008 as a TV comeback project for actress Claudine Barretto, "Moon River" was to star Salvador along with Rafael Rosell, Rayver Cruz, and Jodi Sta. Maria. The drama series, rumored then to be part of ABS-CBN's primetime block, was eventually shelved.
A remake of the original 1980's series, "Maria Flordeluna," meanwhile, started airing in February 2007 with child star Eliza Pineda in the title role.
"Imortal," which aired less than a month after "Impostor" ended its run in 2010, went on to star the "love team" of Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz.
According to Salvador, her complacency back then as an actress may have been a factor in her missing out on a number of roles.
"Parang noon, papetiks-petiks lang ako. Alam kong may career ako. Kung ano ang binigay ko sa naunang telserye, 'yun rin ang ginawa ko sa sumunod. Hindi iba-ibang pagganap ang nakita sa akin ng mga manonood," Salvador said.
"[Pero kahit] may mga project na hindi natuloy, hindi ko dinadamdam 'yun. Nagmo-move on ako kaagad at nagiging motivation ko ang disappointment na 'yun," she added.
Having mustered this "motivation," Salvador eventually starred in her biggest TV role yet, in the top-rating drama series "Minsan Lang Kita IIbigin." In the primetime soap, Salvador, as Krista, was paired with Coco Martin's character Alexander.
She has since been on a streak when it comes to her roles on TV, landing Janine in the afternoon soap "Lumayo Ka Man sa Akin," Amber in the primetime series "My Binondo Girl," and now, Margaux in the upcoming soap "Ina, Kapatid, Anak," which premieres on Monday.
For the two-time Best Actress winner, coming off her latest string of successes, "ang pag-aartista, hindi lang pag-iipon ng pera. Binibigyan rin nito ako ng pagkakataon na maging mas matured."
Also in the October 2012 issue of StarStudio magazine, Salvador opens the doors to her Antipolo home for the first time.