Marian Rivera will star, for the first time, in a locally produced and conceptualized soap opera from GMA-7 titled "Amaya".
Marian was lauched as Kapuso's primetime queen via Pinoy remake of Mexican hit soap Marimar. Followed by TV remake of three local classic 80's novels Dyesebel, Darna and Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang. Her last soap in GMA was the remake of Korean series Endless Love with reel and real-life boyfriend Dingdong Dantes.
In Amaya, Marian will play a warrior pPrincess and in preparation for her role she underwent arnis training, a Filipino form of martial arts for self-defense.
Marian also clarified the topless issue as it was settled between her manager and the network's management. The actress' fans reacted on the Amaya's television teaser as it revealed Marian's peculiar dressing stint. Marian also clarified that it's the soap's epic and original story will be the main focus of the new soap and not the topless issue.
Another issue that Marian discussed is her new leading man, Mikael Daez, a commercial and print model. According to her, the new tandem will not affect in anyway her relationship with boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes as the story of Amaya is about her as the princess and his father, played by veteran actor, Raymond Bagatsing.
"Amaya" is tentatively scheduled to premiere on May 9, 2011 on GMA Telebabad block.