AC Bonifacio shares her cameo experience in 'Riverdale'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — AC Bonifacio recently debuted in the US series "Riverdale," but how did she prepare for that popular dance-off scene with one of the show's main characters?

Speaking to CNN Philippines' New Day on Monday, Bonifacio shared what it was like to play Star Vixen in an episode of Riverdale's Season 5, where she can be seen donning a cheerleading outfit in a dance battle at the school gym with Cheryl Blossom, portrayed by Madelaine Petsch.

"When my agent called me and told me that I booked [Riverdale], I was jumping for joy 'cause I could not believe that I would be able to watch myself on one of my favorite shows," said Bonifacio, who was born and raised in Canada.

She added: "I've been watching her (Petsch) and she was amazing, so professional and she's so nice. In between takes, she would always talk to me and she knew me beforehand so I was like, 'oh my gosh, she knows me.'"

The 18-year-old dancer-actress who revealed that her cameo in the hit teen drama was her first acting stint in Hollywood. Riverdale's fifth season aired on January 20, but Bonifacio's dance-off scene can be seen in the latest episode "Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire in the Sky" which dropped last week.

"I don't think I did anything differently. It was my first acting stint in English, in Hollywood and it was a really exciting experience for me," she said. "We did a lot of rehearsals with the Vixen Girls and Madelaine. We were changing a lot of choreo to make it look good on camera."

It is not yet clear whether Bonifacio will be appearing in the succeeding episodes of Riverdale. The show will be airing three more episodes weekly until April 1 for its latest season.

Bonifacio and Lucky Ancheta of the Filipino-Canadian duo Lucky Aces were named grand champions in 2016 of ABS-CBN's Dance Kids competition.

Last year, Bonifacio made headlines after doing a solo dance cover performance of Korean-pop group Blackpink in the "How You Like That" virtual contest, where she can be seen donning different looks inspired by each of the girl group's members. She eventually clinched the second prize, but her entry already garnered a million views just a day after it was uploaded in social media platforms.

Bonifacio has one advice to fellow young women pursuing their passion: "Just keep going."

"In whatever you love, whatever your passion is about, just keep going even if it gets tiring, don't give up," she said. "Just keep going, 'cause I promise there is a better road, you just gotta go through the bumps first."