“Two years na ako hindi gumagawa ng soap, so medyo nakaka-excite na nakakatakot. Hindi ko alam kung ready na ako ulit mapagod nang ganoon. Iba ‘yung feeling [na] parang gusto mo ulit gawin,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Panganiban is set to star in her comeback soap with the working title “Mariposang Dagat,” which is rumored to also star actress Gretchen Barretto, who once had a feud with the young actress.
Following the cancellation of “Alta,” her planned TV project with Barretto, Panganiban said she welcomes the prospect of working with her former enemy.
Panganiban, whose last lead role in a soap opera was "Rubi," said she has yet to hear confirmation of Barretto also being part of “Mariposang Dagat” but added that she would have no problem with it.
“Hindi pa naman nasabi na kasama ko siya. Kung kasama siya, wala namang problema,” Panganiban said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Although it has been two years since she last appeared in a primetime soap, Panganiban has been busy hosting the comedy-variety show “Banana Split.”
She has also been working on several movies for Star Cinema.
Her latest project, “Every Breath U Take,” which pairs her with actor Piolo Pascual, will be released on May 16.
On her leading man for the film, Panganiban said she already feels comfortable after having starred in several projects together.
“Excited [na ako sa pelikula namin ni Piolo], sobra. Nakakatuwa naman, at masaya syempre. Ang-tagal namin ginawa ‘yung movie, so in a way nakakalungkot din kasi sobrang bonded na kaming lahat, tapos parang patapos na,” she said. “Syempre si Piolo, kasi ilang beses ko na nakatrabaho, medyo mas comfotrable na ako.”
Panganiban is currently shooting another movie for talent management firm Star Magic's 20th anniversary, this time with John Lloyd Cruz.
Panganiban and Cruz previously starred together in the TV series “Maging Sino Ka Man” in 2007.
“Sa movie, iba [katrabo si John Lloyd] eh. Sabi ko nga, grabe nakaka-excite sa trabaho. Ang sarap,” Panganiban said. “[Na-discover ko] kung gaano siya ka-professional, sobra, para siyang ‘di napapagod, parang automatic siya. Grabe ang passion niya sa trabaho.”