Brazilian model Daiana Menezes shows her comedic side through her newest movie, My Amiga Girl.
During the December 11 premiere night at SM Megamall, Daiana told PEP.ph about her fun experiences while doing this movie.
"Well, it was fun. It’s a different thing because I’ve been doing some drama and horror as well.
"This is like my first comedy...in Tagalog pa.
"Well, it was funny because it’s kinda gayish, if that’s the right way of saying it. I have to look a little bit bakla na rin.
"Tapos yung mga kasama ko siyempre alam mo 'yan, napakasaya silang Pinoy happy and gay everyone.
"I became a little bit more of like that.”
Daiana said that working on the movie was a joy because of the people she worked with.
WORKING ON OTHER MOVIES. My Amiga Girl is not her first movie. Daiana revealed, "I just came back from the U.S. kakarating ko lang so medyo jetlag pa rin, we shot a religious film.
"It’s been done in the U.S., it’s a Hollywood movie. So it’s totally different, the concept is different, puro iyakan and all.
"It’s a very heavy drama. And I just finished also, a horror movie, the title is Huling Habilin. You know, I think I am doing 4 movies at the same time na iba iba.
"One is adventure, one is drama, horror and comedy."
DAIANA THE THEATER ACTRESS? The model-turned-actress recalled that she started acting when she was still a young girl.
"Since bata pa ako I used to act but then, but I took fashion design and administration.
"So I went kinda diverse na, ang focus ng aking career now.
"Ngayon with Direk Bong [Ramos] we are doing a stage play naman. It’s secret pa but it’s for Valentine’s.
"But it’s a stage play that we’re gonna be doing so I am very happy. It’s totally different if you have to do it in a different language and totally different culture."
CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES. When asked where she will spend Christmas, Daiana answered with a smile, "Dito sa Philippines, dito pa rin ako.
"Kasi bumalik ako and puro work ng work talaga.
The Brazilian stunner admits that she loves Filipino food.
"Noche Buena, I love everything they have like lechon and the family spirit the Filipinos have you know everything talaga, in love talaga ako sa Philippines."
Indeed, it's more fun in the Philippines.
MY AMIGA GIRL SYNOPSIS. Margarita Avez Mercedes (Daiana Menezes) is crowned Queen of Brazil in her home country.
But when she arrives in the Philippines, the beauty queen becomes a penniless woman. She falls victim to a conman who divests her of possessions and travel documents.
Scared and alone, the Brazilian beauty queen finds solace in transvestite Kimberly (Michelle O’Bombshell), who also falls victim to an illegal recruiter.
Margarita and Kimberly become fast friends. But Kimberly refuses to go home to the province because he is scared of his father, who sold most of the family’s assets to fund his endeavors.
The two friends drift from one household to the next, doing odd jobs for a flurry of employers: as makeup artists at a funeral parlor; as massage therapists for a Chinese businessman; as carwash crew under a sex-starved boss Douglas (AJ Dee); as an artista auditionee who reluctantly ends up in a sleazy go-go bar, etc. Each encounter becomes a comedy of errors.
Unfortunately for the beauty queen, Margarita couldn’t turn to the police fearing she’d get thrown in jail when one of her spa customers succumbed to a heart attack.
Meanwhile, Andrew (Gerald Madrid), a police investigator, is aware of Margarita’s disappearance. He was supposed to pick her up from the airport but he got sidetracked when he was summoned to go to his child’s school. Andrew himself is dealing with his own personal problems. His wife abandoned him because he had a secret affair with another man (Ivan Chev Tabucal). With all these internal conflicts, finding Margarita becomes a burdensome mission.
Kimberly eventually turns to his family in San Clemente who welcomes him back with open arms. Margarita experiences the warmth of Pinoy hospitality.
Soon thereafter, she attracts the attention of the town’s Mayor Lacanilao (Sherwin Ordonez) who proposes to the troubled expat.
However, Margarita’s problems are not yet over since she becomes the target of an attempted kidnapping. What will become of helpless Margarita?