Beauty Gonzalez was about to transfer to rival network GMA-7 when she was approached by an ABS-CBN executive who offered her a project that stopped her from transferring.
That role is her current character in the highly successful afternoon teleserye Kadenang Ginto, Romina Mondragon, which made Beauty a household name.
“It was Lauren talking to Beauty and then sabi ni Lauren, ‘Kunin mo na si Beauty for Kadena.’ Tapos sabi ko, ‘O, sige.’ Mi-neet namin siya. And then we were trying to persuade her na… because she was gonna move to another network at that time,” divulges Dreamscape Entertainment Head Deo Endrinal at the presscon proper of Kadenang Ginto held this Friday, July 5.
Endrinal was referring to Laurenti Dyogi, ABS-CBN TV production head.
At that time, Endrinal was still completing the cast members of the afternoon teleserye.
Endrinal heeded Dyogi’s advice and offered Beauty the role.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Beauty, who seemed a bit embarrassed for being put on the spot, reasons out, “I was just a friendly neighbor.”
She then goes on to thank Endrinal for being her “fairy godmother.”
“Thank you, ABS-CBN because I’m happy to be here and I don’t wanna leave anymore.
“I was just being a friendly neighbor. Nakikain lang ako ng litson tapos bumalik din ako.”
After the presscon proper, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asks Beauty if she is glad that she stayed with her home network.
“I’m glad I stayed, I made the right choice.
“And I’m glad they didn’t let me go and now, I’m gonna chain myself to them.
“Ikakadena ko na ang sarili ko sa ABS-CBN.”
Currently, she has an existing contract with ABS-CBN, which expires in 2020.
When asked why she initially wanted to switch networks, she simply repeated, “I was just being a friendly neighbor.”
But now, she says she is happy and everything is going well with her showbiz career.
“It’s great, it’s fantastic, it’s awesome, it’s golden, so it’s sparkling.”
Beauty started her career as a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus in 2008 and then went on to become an actress in ABS-CBN.
Among her most notable teleseryes include Dream Dad (2014), Ningning (2015), and Pusong Ligaw (2017).