After spending eight years as a love team, Bea Alonzo andJohn Lloyd Cruz mark another milestone in their careers by portraying thePhilippine version of a popular TV series about a woman who might be uglyphysically but has a beautiful personality.
How does Bea feel about giving ASAP ‘08 so she couldconcentrate on I Love Betty La Fea? "It's not about sacrificing ASAP, it's actually prioritizing ashow. Definitely, mag-ge-guest pa rin ako sa show para ma-promote ang Betty atmahal na mahal ko ang mga tao dun. Malay mo, mabalik rin ako dun kasi siyempresumasayaw rin at kumakanta pa rin ako," says the female actress who willportray the role of a deglamorized secretary complete with thick-rimmedglasses, braces, and thick bushy hair.
According to business unit head Deo Endrinal, ABS-CBN spentP40 million alone just to build the Eco Moda Manila office on the 11th floor ofthe ELJ Building in Quezon City.
Bea expressed her gratitude for being tapped to play thelead character in this teleserye. "Thankful ako na binigyan nila ako ngganitong proyekto. Not everybody is given a chance na magkaroon ng ganitongklaseng show at mag-spend ang kumpanya ng ganun kalaking halaga."
Since Bea is known for tearjerking soap operas such as MagingSino Ka Man, is she already comfortable doing comedy?
"I am! Noong una, kinakabahan ako kasi iniisip ko, hindi akokomedyante, paano ‘to magwo-work? Pero habang pinag-aaralan ko yung differentBettys from different countries, dun ko na-realize na hindi siya nagpapatawa.Situational siya, e, so kailangan mong maniwala kung ano yung ginagawa mo.Minsan, kahit umiiyak siya, nakakatawa pa rin siya."
Doesn't she feel awkward shooting scenes such as hitting astreet lamp and banging her face against a glass door?
"Nag-e-enjoy ako kasi first time ko nalalaro ang characterko. First time kong magkaroon ng character na hindi safe, kahit madapa ka, okaylang."
She watched two versions: the original Colombian version YoSoy Betty La Fea and the American version Ugly Betty.
What similarities does she share with Betty? "Yungpagmamahal niya sa pamilya, dun talaga ko tinatamaan."
How can she relate to a character who, according tosociety's standards, is ugly? "Ang Betty La Fea is not about beingpangit," explains Bea. "Ang bago nating pangit ngayon, is someone napunong-puno ng insecurities. At ako, bilang tao marami rin akong insecurities."Halimbawa, yung mga sinasabi nilang mataba, ngayon, na-overcome ko na yunginsecurities na yun dahil sa pag-aaral ko kay Betty. Na-realize ko hindi mokailangang maging perfect para maging perfect sa mata ng ibang tao."
SYNOPSIS. BeaAlonzo is cast as Beatrice"Betty" Pengson, the physically challenged but very smart and kind-heartedsecretary in the advertising agency Eco Moda Manila. She will work for ArmandoSolis (John Lloyd Cruz), thewomanizing, serious, and rich President of Eco Moda Manila.
They will be joined by veteran and respected TV personalities such as Rolando Valdez as Hermes Pengson,Betty's loving and supportive dad and a former OFW. His wife and Betty'sadoring mother is Julia Pengson, played by the Philippines' Concert ComedyQueen Ai-Ai delas Alas. Singer-teenactor Sam Concepcion plays the roleof Andrew, Betty's younger brother who wants to break into showbiz.
The Betty-ful star won't be seen without her best friendNicolas Mora portrayed by funny man VhongNavarro. Nicolas is Betty's male version and look-alike! But the differencebetween him and Betty is that he has a liking for beautiful women and believesthat wealth is the solution to his dreams.
Eco Moda Manila is the advertising agency where Betty dreamsof working. This is where she will meet the office's beautiful but wickedsecretaries and big bosses.
Number one on the list is the gorgeous and ambitiousex-model Daniella Valencia played by former beauty queen and TV host-actress Ruffa Gutierrez. This role is definitelymade for Ruffa because she is a natural as she everything to get the careerthat she wants. But underneath her hard and serious disposition is a certainweakness.
Marcela Valencia, played by Megan Young, is Daniella's younger sister and the woman who is verymuch in love with Armando.
The other secretaries of Eco Moda Manila are PatriciaSuarez, Betty's rival secretary played by WendyValdez. Unlike Betty, Patricia landed the job as secretary only because sheis beautiful. Daniella's secretary is Maria Rose Sanchez, played by Meryll Soriano.Rose is the kind-hearted girl who is dedicated toher family and is clueless about her cheating husband. She will eventually beBetty's best female friend. There is also Kylie Torres, Mario's secretary played by singer Sheryn Regis.
But that's not the end of the I Love Betty la Feacast. Other than big boss Armando, there are also the other bosses (and feelingbosess) of Eco Moda Manila. There's the playboy Mario Collantes, Armando'sarrogant friend, played by Joem Bascon. Hugo Bossini, the creative director of EcoModa Manila, will be portrayed by ThouReyes. Joining them are Ronnie Liang as Enrique Robles, theagency's Human Resources Manager, and Jojo Alejar as Mac Ularte, the financeofficer who is obsessed with Daniella.
Under the direction of Erick Salud and Don Cuaresma, ILove Betty La Fea will air its pilot episode tonight, September 8, rightafter ABS-CBN's teleserye Dyosa.