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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Melissa Ricks finally feels like a star

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Melissa Ricks finally feels like a star

As one of the stars of ABS-CBN’s newest teleserye Iisa Pa Lamang, Melissa Ricks is really feeling good about her career in showbiz. She admits that when she was just starting out as a finalist in reality talent search Star Circle Quest in 2004, she had qualms that she would ever make it this far. Melissa confessed she felt very left out with HeroAngeles-SandaraPark and Roxanne Guinoo-Joross Gamboa love teams making up the rest of SCQ’s Top 5. Simula ng career ko medyo slow. Parang walang nangyayari. Lima kami na natira pero parang napag-iiwanan ako,” she related. She also shared that she often heard SCQ fans failing to recall her name. “Di nila alam ang pangalan ko. Nasasaktan ako dati dahil hindi ako napapansin.

Four years later, Melissa could finally say that she has somehow made it in the world of show business. She slowly rose to the ranks after being paired off with Matt Evans in the hit fantaserye Komiks presents: The Adventures of Pedro Penduko. Because of her statuesque physique, she found it very hard finding the right “ka-love team” before so she is very thankful that Star Magic found a suitable on-screen partner for her in the ex-Pinoy Big Brother Teen Housemate. “It helped a lot na dumating si Matt. Dumami ang opportunities nang dumating siya,” she revealed. Melissa also adds that she is glad that she and Matt have a close friendship even off cam. “I think it’s more of a best friend relationship. Two years na kaming friends at sobrang close na kami pero walang malisya. Undeniable na masarap siyang kasama.

Melissa also said that she has begun to see the deeper meaning of her craft as she gets to work now with some of the big stars in the industry like Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo, Gabby Concepcion, Angelica Panganiban, Susan Roces, Joel Torre and Cherrie Pie Picache. “You get to touch people’s lives. Nakikita mo yung smile nila pag nakikita nila. Iniisip ko, ‘Bakit natutuwa ka sa kin? Ano ginawa ko para madeserve ko yan?’ You have to give back to them.”

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