As part of the cast of the premiere episode of the legal drama anthology Ipaglaban Mo, Michelle Vito plays the role of Micmic, a teen whose mother working as a nanny accidentally gets killed by her seven-year-old ward. Micmic chooses to seek justice for her mother even though the accused is only a minor.
Michelle said she is having a good year with her career so far. “It's okay naman, madaming blessings ngayong 2014 tapos ngayon talaga focus ako sa school ko kasi I was a graduating student tapos after naman nun super taping na ako sa Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon, yung kay Ate Bea Alonzo,” she told Push.
The 16-year-old actress admitted she feels challenged by the characters she has been given this year, especially in her new soap. “Super kinakabahan kasi yung cast sobrang ang bibigat. Lahat sila parang veteran na so ako at saka si Francis (Magundayao) lang yung teenager dun tapos kami pa yung baguhan so kaming dalawa talagang kinakabahan kami. Nalaman lang namin yung cast nung teleserye nung storycon na namin, dun lang,” she admitted.
Michelle said she decided not to enroll as a freshman in college this year to focus on work. “No vacation kasi wala talaga akong plan kasi eh. Yun college ko tuloy yun I want to do business. Pero feeling ko kasi hindi ko makukuha yung first sem ko so baka mag-second sem ako. Wala pa akong school pero gusto ko business kasi gusto ko mag-market or wholesale. Yung sa mga friends ko at saka sa tita ko lahat sinasabi mag-business lang ako,” she added.
From playing one of Daniel Padilla's barkada in the Star Cinema Metro Manila Film Fest entry Pagpag last year, Michelle said she has been getting more and more challenging roles like the one she did for Ipaglaban Mo’s premiere episode. “Actually ngayon hindi ko masabi kung nagbago acting ko kasi parang nag tagal kong nag-stop. Yung Pagpag kasi parang iba yung ginagawa namin sa movie sa ginagawa sa teleserye. Yung sa movie kasi sandali lang eh unlike pag sa teleserye mas madami matututunan mo in terms of drama, comedy, lahat. Doon sa Pagpag parang focused lang ako sa horror so hindi ko masabi kng baka biglang mahirapan ako ulit sa acting ko kasi ang tagal kong hindi nag-drama. Almost a year na yung Aryana so parang feeling ko hindi parang hindi na ako sanay so sana naman kaya pa,” she admitted.
Michelle also talked about her closeness to fellow Star Magic Circle batchmates Liza Soberano and Julia Barretto. “Actually si Liza nung una ko siyang nakita tahimik. Mabait siya. We first met nung practice ng cotillion nung Christmas Special. Si Julia naman we became friends nung first Star Magic Ball ko last 2012. Ka-table ko siya actually nila Jane Oineza, dun kami first na nagkausap. Pero yung naging close talaga kami is yun batch launching namin kasi as in halos everyday dun magkakasama. Sa isang linggo four to five days kaming magkakasama sa talagang bonding kami. Lahat kami dun talagang naging friends. We text each other and we see each other. Si Julia pag niyakap ka niya talagang babaliin niya yung buto mo to the point you can’t breathe (laughs)!” she said.
Although her current BFF is Liza, Michelle said she goes out on group dates with their parents as well. But this does not mean they are allowed to date already. “No. Maybe by 21? 20 plus, after college!” she said.
Aside from similar taste in fashion, Michelle said she and Liza also have the same celebrity crush at the moment. “Si Sam Concepcion! Feeling ko magagalit sa akin si Liza (Soberano) nito (laughs). Si Kuya Sam kasi ang cute. Actually hindi ko talaga napapansin yung itsura ni kuya Sam, sobrang na-appreciate ko siya through Liza and Julia. As in hindi ako nagkaka-crush sa kanya nun pero nung sobrang appreciate nila Liza at Julia. He's super cute talaga as in super mega uber (laughs),” she said.
Watch Michelle Vito on Ipaglaban Mo this Saturday, June 7 after It's Showtime on ABS-CBN.