After Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, the love team of Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan maybe the next big thing in showbiz.
This will be bolstered in the first prime time television series of Belle and Donny which premiers on ABS-CBN, TFC and Netflix in a few days.
Belle has been seen in girl-next-door roles with a not-so-wealthy background like Maxpein in “He’s Into Her” and Ayef in “An Inconvenient Love,” both with Donny.
The team’s new series “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Belle will be playing Caroline, a rich girl from a traditional Chinese-Filipino family, ABS-CBN reported as teasers of the series play on television.
“Si Caroline, sobrang opposite niya kay Belle, sobrang complex niyang tao. Parang sobrang reserved niya, sobrang stoic niya, lahat ng bitbit niya sa buhay, sinasarili niya lang, kasi ang bigat nasa loob,” Belle said at a press conference as ABS-CBN reported.
“Kapag lalabas ako ng set, nadadala ko siya. Parang ang bigat, parang ang bigat-bigat pa rin ng feeling ko kahit paglabas ko ng set. Getting into character and getting out of character ‘yan ‘yung challenge na na-encounter,” she added, according to the report .
Belle, in the ABS-CBN report, shared how she learned Hokkien and immersed herself in the Chinese culture to get her part right.
“I did seven days na Hokkien classes, talagang inaral ko, in-immerse ko ‘yung sarili ko sa culture ng Chinese kasi ‘yung family nga ni Caroline rito, she’s coming from a wealthy Chinese family, we did all of those. Direk and I had this parang date kami the whole day about Caroline,” she said.
Belle admitted that she is still learning new things about her character. “It was actually a collaboration between Direk and I and to Bingo,” she said.
“Can’t Buy Me Love” will premiere on Netflix on October 13, three days ahead of free TV and 24 hours before it’s shown on pay TV. It will also air on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, TFC, A2Z, and TV5 starting October 16.
Meanwhile, Donny Pangilinan has nothing but good words for his love team partner Belle Mariano, saying she continues to exceed his expectations when it comes to being an actress.
In a recent media huddle as reported by their mother studio ABS-CBN, Donny recalled Mariano’s beginnings as a child star, which partly formed his first impressions of her.
“For someone who’s been in the industry for a while since she was a kid, parang you’d expect na ‘yun na ‘yung atake niya… kasi she already knows the gist of the industry and stuff,” he told ABS-CBN News. “But I think she’s grown so much in terms of her artistry and how she plays around with her emotions, the different takes she does.”
“How she approaches life, work, and being professional, it’s very different from the day I met her in ‘He’s Into Her.’ Even the way that she prepares [for projects] is very different,” he added.
Donny went on to share that he has seen Belle’s “motivation to get better every day.”
“And it’s still there, it’s very evident even though we’ve been doing a lot of projects,” he said.
“I think she has so much pa that she can do even if she has already proven so much. It’s so nice that you know in every project, she will still show a different side of her. Like ‘wow,’ that’s all I can say.”
Belle, for her part as reported by ABS-CBN, said she is proud of how Donny has “evolved in his craft.”
“Grabe, talagang mapapa-clap ka sa binigay niya,” she said, referring to one of the scenes they shot for “Can’t Buy Me Love.” “Who would have thought, you portraying this role? You can see how he really grew in his craft. I’m so proud of him.”