Marian Rivera savors showbiz success

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

SHE has made a name for herself in the local entertainment scene for her talent and beauty. But unknown to many, Kapuso actress Marian Rivera is also making waves in Vietnam, Cambodia and maybe, in parts of Africa.

In November last year, the GMA-7 Primetime Queen visited Vietnam to appear on several shows in Today TV, one of the largest networks and was the first to air Filipino dramas in the said country.

Marian was welcomed by a lot of fans, which she didn't expect.


She was also hailed "Most Favorite Foreign Actress" by Today TV during its Face of the Year Awards last January 8.

Marian wasn't able to attend the event because of showbiz commitments in Manila but she sent a video message thanking all her fans.

"Nakakatuwa and masaya (na napapanood ka ibang bansa) kasi hindi ko lubos maisip. Can you imagine na minamahal ka ng tao na di mo kalahi? Doon pa lang fulfilled ka na sa sarili mo na sabihin mahal ka ng tao not kung sino ka pero dahil sa ginagawa mong trabaho," she said during the press conference of her latest primetime series "Carmela."

"Marimar," "Dyesebel," "Amaya," and "Temptation of Wife" were already shown in Vietnam and Cambodia. "Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang" will follow suit.

The actress said that "Endless Love," the Filipino version of hit Korean drama "Autumn in My Heart," is now being aired in some African nations.

Even with the warm reception and success she's experiencing from those countries, Marian remains focused on her job.

"Lahat naman ng bagay may pressure, yun e kung paano mo itatake yung pressure. Nililihis ko siya. Mas more on naeexcite ako, mas more on masaya ako kaysa sa ipressure ko ang sarili ko," she said. "Nagiging posible naman ang lahat ng ito dahil sa GMA. Sila ang nag distribute sa iba't ibang bansa para mapanood ako."

Marian's latest challenge is the evening series "Carmela," which she top bills opposite Alden Richards. This is her first primetime project after renewing her contract with GMA-7 for three years last August.

According to the actress, the station gave her four scripts to choose from, and she was given the liberty to pick her leading man.

"Nilatagan nila ako ng mga gusto kong gawin and pinapili talaga nila ako," she said.

When asked why she chose Alden, Marian explained: "Mahal niya ang trabaho niya and yun ang mahalaga sa akin. Pag mahal mo ang trabaho mo, lahat yan mag follow na."

"Si Alden din ang naisip ko nung sinabi na bata na leading man. Alam naman natin na dedicated siya sa trabaho, magaling na artista at mabait."

Alden recently turned 22 while Marian is already 29 years old.

Aside from the series, Marian will be featured in two movies under Regal Films. She hinted that her leading men will come from rival networks.

"Nabanggit 'yan sa akin pero alam naman niyo ang soap opera and movies, hangga't hindi na nag-roll ang camera, maraming pwedeng magbago. Wala akong reklamo sa leading men ko and mas gusto ko na nag-try ng bago. Hangga't maganda ang pelikula, go lang."

"Carmela" premieres on January 27. (Sunnex)


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