Marian Rivera consults husband Dingdong Dantes about accepting bisexual role in TV show

“Kasi, medyo kinabahan akong gawin siya. Bago kasi siya sa akin, hindi ko alam kung anong approach ang gagawin ko,” says Marian Rivera about portraying a woman who falls in love with another woman. The Rich Man's Daughter is described as a teleserye that will depict "love, sex & relationships [and] women loving women."



Marian Rivera says she cannot make hasty decisions anymore now that she's married to Dingdong Dantes.

In a recent interview with the Kapuso Primetime Queen, she mentioned that as Mrs. Dantes, she makes it a point to consult her husband before accepting any project.

“Siyempre, ngayong kapag magdedesisyon na ako, hindi na pwedeng ako na lang at manager ko.

“Kahit papaano sasabihin ko sa asawa ko na may ganito akong project.

“Siyempre, nag-uusap kami bilang respeto sa isa't isa,” she said.

She cited her upcoming TV show, The Rich Man's Daughter, as an example of a project wherein she asked for Dingdong's opinion.

“Kasi, medyo kinabahan akong gawin siya,” she admitted.

“Bago kasi siya sa akin, hindi ko alam kung anong approach ang gagawin ko.

“Pero sabi naman niya, take it as a challenge.”

In the new soap, Marian is cast as a bisexual, which is a first for her as an actress.

She will play the role of Jade Tanchingco, an heiress from a very wealthy Filipino-Chinese family who has holdings in various industries such as real estate, retail and airline.

The youngest and only daughter, she is considered to be the real jewel in the family. In the story, Jade’s father announces that he is looking for a suitor for her and is willing to pay millions to any man who can make her fall in love with him.

Although she has never portrayed these kind of roles in the past, Marian said she did not hesitate accept the role of Jade.


Through her Facebook account, head writer Suzette Doctolero described Marian's character Jade as a "beautiful woman who is in love with another equally wonderful woman." Glaiza de Castro will be Marian's female love interest in the TV show while Luis Alandy is cast as the male love interest.

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Marian pointed out, “Hindi hesitation, more on kinabahan ako kung paano siya gagawin.

“Siyempre, dapat mabusisi 'yan kasi sensitive na kwento 'yan so, kailangan talaga alagaan dapat,” she related.

Asked if she's ready to depict LGBT love, Marian replied, “Siguro ano rin, para may iba rin akong gawin. Kasi, paulit-ulit na rin ang ginagawa ko.

“Ngayon, nakapag-asawa na ako, na-experience ko na lahat ng soap kaya ito naman para kakaiba.”


Through her Twitter account, head writer Suzette also gave additional information about The Rich Man's Daughter when she posted: "Working on a new Marian soap, we will air soon. We will talk about love, sex & relationships & yes, women loving women."

DIFFERENT FROM MY HUSBAND'S LOVER. Since The Rich Man's Daughter will depict a love story about lesbians, it could be compared to GMA-7's previous gay-themed teleserye, My Husband's Lover.

Despite this fact, Marian doesn't want to think about being compared to MHL.

Instead, she said, their group just wants to focus on offering something new to TV viewers.

“Ang iniisip namin 'yong mabuksan ang isip, na may ganitong klase ng pagmamahalan, na kailangan din nating irespeto at i-consider din sila.”

What about showing delicate situations about lesbians or bisexual, which may still be taboo for some Pinoys?

Marian answered, “Ako, bilang artista, babasahin ko ang script ko, gagawin ko ang pinapagawa ng direktor.

“At naniniwala ako na bago ipalabas ay may MTRCB [Movie and Television Review and Classification Board] naman na tinatawag, na talagang bumubusisi kung dapat ipalabas.

“May tiwala naman ako sa grupo namin dito.”

The characters of Marian and Glaiza will figure in a love triangle with Luis Alandy. Joining them in this show are fellow cast members Katrina Halili and TJ Marquez.


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