Belle Mariano is playing the teenage Gabbie Salazar in “Four Sisters Before the Wedding” and she couldn’t be more delighted.
In an exclusive interview with Star Cinema last October 21, the 18-year-old actress shared how she auditioned for the role, and how she connected with her colleagues and sisters in the film, Charlie Dizon (who will Teddie), Alexa Ilacad (who will play Bobbie), and Gillian Vicencio (who will play Alex).
“Nag go-see ako for my role, tatlong beses. Tapos the third time I went there, kami ng apat ‘yun,” she said. “Hindi pa nga po ako makapaniwala na ako ‘yung nakuhang Gabbie. Noong nalaman kong sila ‘yung magiging ate ko, iba talaga ‘yung naging jive namin. Ramdam na ramdam ko na.”
In the 2013 original “Four Sisters and a Wedding,” Gabbie was played by Shaina Magdayao. Her sisters Teddie, Bobbie, and Alex were portrayed by Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, respectively.
In real life, Belle is the eldest sister in her family. But on the set of “Four Sisters Before the Wedding,” she enjoyed being treated like the bunso by Charlie, Alex, and Gillian.
She shared, “Para ko silang naging ate. Hindi po ko kasi naramdaman magkaroon ng ate since ako ‘yung panganay [sa pamilya]. Sa kanila ko nararamdaman ‘yung may ate ako, and grabe para talaga akong bunso, grabe nila ako alagaan.”
“Kunwari may hair ako sa mukha ‘pag nagshu-shoot kami, pupunasan talaga nila, kung may pawis ako. Para ko talaga silang ate, iba talaga ‘yung bond namin. Minsan nakakalimutan ko mag-take ng medicine ko, si Ate Alexa pinapaalalahanan niya ako, ‘O Belle, drink your meds ha.’ Ganoon sila ka-sweet sa akin.”
Belle observed that she has a lot of similarities with her character Gabbie. In the family drama, Gabbie was a very caring sister who, as Bobbie described, has a killer “maternal instinct.”
“Since ako nga po ‘yung panganay sa magkakapatid, sa family ko, feel ko in that way, nakaka-relate ako since may mga bunso akong kapatid. Maalagain rin ako sa kanila. Inaasikaso ko rin po sila, so doon talaga ako pinakanakaka-relate, kay Gabbie," she explained.
“Four Sisters Before the Wedding” will be directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar. The story will take us back to 2003, when the Salazar sisters were still teenagers. As described by Direk Mae, “[This movie will show] what the Salazar family looked like when they still had a father, when they were all still living together, when they are all experiencing their young and first loves.”
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