Award-winning independent actress Mercedes Cabral is back to working at ABS-CBN and in the mainstream scene through the new afternoon series Ningning.
As someone who's best known for portraying intense and out-of-the-box roles in independent films, Mercedes admitted that she was initially hesitant to accept the project.
“For this, nag-usap kami ng manager ko, sinabi niya sa akin na wala pa akong nagagawa na ganitong character,” she said about the project. “So siguro break nga ito for me sa mga characters ko na maraming dinadala emotionally.
“So challenge din siya for me kasi nga wala pa ko nagagawang ganito. So mahihirapan ako sa umpisa. Pero nae-excite din ako kasi okay rin mga katrabaho ko,” she added.
Ningning stars child actress Jana Agoncillo. It centers on the journey of Ningning's family as they move from the province to the city.
Mercedes's last project with the Kapamilya network was on 2012 for the Zanjoe Marudo and Megan Young starrer Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Hiyas.
Now that she's back atABS-CBN, Mercedes hopes to share the camera again with Prince of Independent Films Coco Martin. The two have worked together in a number of indie films, namely Kinatay, Captive, and Serbis, all of which were directed by Brillante Mendoza.
Aside from Coco, she also wants to work with blockbuster actor John Lloyd Cruz because, "Napapanood ko rin siya and alam ko ‘yong kalibre niya pagdating sa pag-arte."
Now that she has opened herself to the mainstream scene, Mercedes hopes that the walls separating indie from the mainstream stars would be brought down.
“Sa akin kasi sana wala ng labels or separation ng mainstream or indie, kasi for me trabaho lang siya eh," she explained. “Wala siyang kaibahan din eh ‘yong proseso lang ‘yong kaibahan niya and ‘yong sistema lang. So TV or film, it’s the same.”
Does it mean that she will be open to working with ABS-CBN's film outfit Star Cinema?
"Tignan natin. I don't know siguro depende sa story, depende sa character," she said.