MANILA -- Shaina Magdayao is joining the cast of ABS-CBN’s hit daytime series "Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit,” the actress said in a press conference on Monday.
"Finally today, the secret is out. I am now part of the family and masaya ako na makasama sa pamilya nila and to be able to work with those darlings and sweethearts on the set. Nakakawala talaga ng pagod. Usually hindi ba mabigat ang roles ko. Now I am happy na puro angels ang kasama ko sa set,'" Magdayao told reporters.
In the series, Magdayao will play Grace Andrada, a nurse who will be one of the protectors of lead character Mikmik (Sophia Reola).
Aside from working with the young stars, Magdayao is also excited to work with the show's director Erick "FM" Reyes and actor RK Bagatsing.
"Ang tagal ko nang pinangarap na makatrabaho ulit si direk Erick Reyes na director ko when I was young. I think I was eight years old," Magdayao said.
It was Bagatsing who first told Magdayao about the show when they did a special episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” in November last year.
"When we were doing 'Maalaala Mo Kaya' 'yung AIDS episode he was telling me about this show. Sabi niya, may sisimulan nga akong show 'yung 'Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit.' Sabi ko sa kanya, sino ang direktor niyo? Sabi niya (si) Direk Erick. 'Naku paborito ko 'yon, sabihin mo sa kanya hello at sana ay magkatrabaho kami.' Little did we know na papasok din pala ako sa show," she added.
Magdayao said she’s thankful to be given a lot of projects this year. Aside from "Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit," she will also be doing a new movie.
"Right now our working title is 'Manila, Hong Kong, New York.' It's written by Sir Ricky Lee. It will be directed by direk Mac Alejandre. I will be working with Alfred Vargas and Iza Calzado. So tatlo lang kaming character sa buong film. It's actually pretty heavy. Papunta na ako sa bipolar. Kung ano naman ang ginaan nitong si Nurse Grace, 'yun ang ikabibigat ng role ko roon. But I'm taking it as a challenge again because No. 1 it's an honor to breathe life into a Ricky Lee character. ...That's why I said yes to it right away," she said.