Ryzza Mae sheds tears for ‘Princess in the Palace’
Child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon has certainly gone a long way from winning Eat Bulaga’s Little Miss Philippines 2012 as a wild card candidate. Since then, she continues to be the youngest host of top-rating noontime show, has a string of blockbuster movies to her name, and successfully pulled off a morning talk show all on her own via the Ryzza Mae show.
Come Monday, September 21, though, on the same morning timeslot on GMA Network, the 10-year-old “Aling Maliit,” as she has come to be known on TV, is bent to show her audience she can do so much more than bring on the laughs.
“Watch Ryzza Mae cry in her very first teleserye,” proudly invited director Mike Tuviera who helms The Ryzza Mae Show Presents Princess in the Palace.
Touted as family drama, Princess in the Palace promises to challenge the actor in Ryzza Mae in a myriad of emotions as she tackles the role of Princess, a poor and jolly girl who crosses paths with Leona (Eula Valdez) who just happens to be the president of the Philippines.
“From the world of the underprivileged, Princess finds herself in the middle of wild and crazy world where she touches the lives and hearts of everyone she meets,” said the series’ synopsis.
Asked how she adjusted to the very different demands of a soap opera, Ryzza admitted, “Mahirap po siya kasi aktingan talaga. Iiyak ka, may mga linya ka, hindi gaya sa Bulaga o sa Ryzza Mae Show na kahit ano puwede kong gawin.”
According to her director and fellow actors, however, Ryzza seemed to have no trouble adjusting to the role of Princess.
“She’s so professional—more than other actors—because she will not come to the set without her lines memorized,” revealed Tuviera. “Minsan, she will even remind the others what their lines are if they forget them.”
Besides Eula, Ryzza shares the small screen with the likes of Boots Anson-Rodrigo, Ces Quesada, Dante Rivero, Ciara Sotto and Vince de Jesus for the series. More significantly, another Little Miss Philippines winner and Eat Bulaga baby, Aiza Seguerra also joins her in the story as the close-in aid of President Leona.
“I’m very happy to be doing this project with Ryzza and of course with Tape, Inc. [producer of Eat Bulaga], whom I consider family. Basta kailangan ako ng Tape I will be there,” Aiza, who was forced to take a leave of absence from ABS-CBN’s ASAP 20, touchingly said.
“Aiza and Ryzza have always been Eat Bulaga’s lucky charms, and it’s wonderful to bring them together in this new turning point in Ryzza’s career,” ended Tuviera.
Princes in the Palace will air weekdays beginning September 21 before Eat Bulaga on GMA Network.