After her career as a beauty queen, Mariel de Leon is now all set to face the challenges of establishing a career in showbiz.
Just like her parents—dramatic actor Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong—Mariel hopes to prove to herself and to others that acting is in her blood.
“I’d like to portray, well, of course, yung mga super dramatic na role kasi it’s hard to reach that because my dad is the King of Drama, so sana one day I wanna try that and test my limit,” the aspiring actress tells PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other bloggers at her contract signing with Regal Entertainment, Inc. last March 27.
“Konting mahiyain pa ako so I want to break that eventually,” she adds.
The former Binibining Pilipinas-International 2017 had her big break when she played Coco Martin’s leading lady in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Fest entry, Ang Panday.
PEP asks Mariel, if there is a particular actor whom she would like to be her leading man in the future.
“Actually, after watching Pia’s [Wurtzbach] movie, I’d like to work with Gerald Anderson din,” she admitted, referring to the recent Star Cinema movie, My Perfect You.
She says about Gerald, “I think he’s a very good actor, especially after I’ve seen him there in that movie kasi it’s very different.”
ANG PANDAY EXPERIENCE. We ask Mariel how she evaluates her acting in Ang Panday.
“I didn’t like watching myself,” she said candidly before pointing out that she watched the movie four times.
“I definitely need to learn more, practice more, especially with my Tagalog and yung mga simple dialogue. That’s what I need to work on more because I actually like crying, I like crying scenes, so I wanna work on more simple crying scenes and mga dialogue talaga.”
She got inspired when her parents told her that she might make a good actress someday if she will continue to improve her acting skills.
“They were super excited, super proud and, of course, they also said yung Tagalog ko nga, they always tell me, ‘O, mag-Tagalog ka na nga.’ They always tell me to improve on that.
“But they were really proud in me and they saw something in me, but of course, I need to practice more.”