15 actresses who auditioned for MariMar 2007 adaptation: THEN and NOW

by James Patrick Anarcon
Aug 28, 2017
Jennylyn Mercado, Karylle, Ryza Cenon, and Rhian Ramos are among the actresses who auditioned for the lead character before Marian Rivera bagged the much-coveted Marimar role in 2007. What happened to their careers after they tried their luck bringing life to Thalia's character?


August 13, 2017, marked the tenth year when GMA-7's Filipino adaptation of MariMar was first aired on primetime television.

Back then, people anticipated this remake since the Mexicanovela MariMar made a great impact on Filipinos when it first aired on RPN-9 in 1996.

Originally shown in 1994, MariMar was topbilled by Thalia and was considered a game-changer in primetime television. The popularity of the Mexicanovela prompted ABS-CBN to transfer Mara Clara to the primetime slot.

When the remake was announced by GMA in June 2007, Dingdong Dantes was already chosen to play the role of Sergio, Marimar's leading man.

It was first reported that Angel Locsin was supposed to take on the role of Marimar but she reportedly turned it down due to scheduling problems.

However, then-GMA Vice President for Entertainment Wilma Galvante said that even though Angel wasn't officially offered the project, she was highly considered to become the lead actress.

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Angel's decision to turn down the role opened the doors for other Kapuso actresses to try their luck. It was said that Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, and Jennylyn Mercado were invited to audition for the role.

Eventually, Marian Rivera became Marimar in the Philippine version.

In March 2008, an audition video leaked showing the actresses who auditioned as Marimar.

They were asked to wear two-piece outfits and do a Latina dance. They also delivered a few lines wherein they talked to Marimar's pet Fulgoso.

Did you know that an actress from ABS-CBN also tried to get the coveted part? Former GMA-7 star Nancy Castiglione had already transferred to ABS-CBN when she auditioned for the popular Thalia role.

What happened to the other actresses after they auditioned for MariMar?

Here are 15 actresses who tried their luck in bagging the role of Marimar way back in 2007:

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Jennylyn Mercado, Karylle, Ryza Cenon, and Rhian Ramos are among the actresses who auditioned for the lead character before Marian Rivera bagged the much-coveted Marimar role in 2007. What happened to their careers after they tried their luck bringing life to Thalia's character?
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