Award winning actress Aiko Melendez now plays as the villain, the politically powerful, cruel character Emilia Ardiente-Torillo in the ABS-CBN revenge drama Wildflower, directed by Onat Diaz, starring Maja Salvador.
Aiko prays that her character, the politically powerful Emilia Ardiente-Torillo, who doesn’t mind committing bloody murder to protect the family reputation, stays on the set.
Aiko who is a mother of two beautiful kids, Andrei and Marthena says, she snaps out of her character the moment the director shouts "cut."
She prays before and after facing the camera?
“I am Christian, so I always pray, ‘Lord, role lang po ito. Make me effective without sacrificing my real being and attitude,” she says.
And because she knows the lead character is just as good as the villain, Aiko not only gives her all. She loves getting “meaner” by the day.
She also knows that Maja Salvador’s (the lead female protagonist/antagonist Lily Cruz) fans are cursing her on Twitter.
“As the villain, I’m expecting the worst,” she laughs. And she loves getting meaner by the day.
That means Aiko is playing her cruel character very well.
Aiko knows her character inside out. What she discovered about Emilia moved her to pity.
Emilia according to Aiko is a victim of circumstances, a woman pushed to the wall because of things beyond her control.
“I understand where her attitude is coming from,” Aiko says.
"I love my Wildflower team." Aiko is all praises for her co-actors. She admires how Maja attacks her role and her dedication to her job.
“Working with her makes me so excited. She’s the best in her generation. Maja delivers, and her acting nuances are great!” gushes Aiko.
She shared to us that they are doing the production, shootings everyday to offer the daily episode of the Wildflower series.
Wildflower airs right after Minute to Win It on ABS CBN.