Is 19-year-old actress Barbie Imperial suited to do a sexy role?

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Director Ruel Bayani on Barbie Imperial's first daring role in Araw Gabi, "Para sa akin, Barbie will be Mitch and mapapatunayan niya sa loob ng show ng ito, sa itatagal ng show na ito na tama ang desisyon namin na piliin siya."



“Posible ka bang maging another superstar na Bicolana?”

This was the question of entertainment columnist Ethel Ramos to Barbie Imperial, who is given her biggest break so far through ABS-CBN's new afternoon sexy drama titled Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi.

The 19-year-old Kapamilya actress, who was born in Legazpi, Albay, replied, “Siyempre po, hindi ko naman talaga masasabi kung ano ang plano sa akin ng Diyos.

“Kung magiging ganun man po, sana.

“Pero ngayon po, pinagbubutihan ko po talaga, inaayos ko po talaga, nagwo-workshop ako, lahat, para dumating po yung time na maging ganun po, na mapunta ako sa ganung level.”

When asked if accepting this project means that she will go the sexy route, Barbie answered, "Opo. Ang I think wala naman pong masama sa ganun.

"Kasi ako, kung wala namang nababastos, I mean, sa amin sa taping, wala naman pong problema.

"Tulad nang na-promise sa akin nina Direk na sexy siya pero pag ginagawa namin ang mga eksena, may limit po ang mga tao.

"Okay po ako dun kasi hindi po ako nababastos."


The former Pinoy Big Brother 737 housemate was one of the young actresses who auditioned for the role of Michelle, the love interest of JM de Guzman's character in the afternoon show.

A video released by RSB Drama Unit revealed some of the stars who auditioned to be the lead actress in Araw Gabi.

These include Myrtle Sarrosa, Erin Ocampo, Kris Janson, Mica Javier, Phoebe Walker, and GirlTrends members Chienna Filomeno and Dawn Chang.

Former GirlTrends member Kelley Day also tried for the part but she has since transferred to rival network GMA-7.

Barbie admitted that she's known for “pabebe” roles, but she is determined to prove that she's ready to take on sexy roles.

Director Ruel Bayani, who heads the business unit that produces Araw Gabi, said he saw something in Barbie and he's confident she can deliver what's needed for her role.

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He explained, “Nagkaroon po kami ng napakahabang audition process, umabot ng walo yata [ang nag-audition].

“We had so many girls na nag-VTR.

“Hindi ko muna tiningnan sa kung sikat ba o hindi.

“Ang hinanap ko yung kamukha ng character sa book, e.

“Kasi, I think, ganun dapat, e, kung sino yung nasa book, dapat yung essence nun yun ang mahanap.

“Noong nakita ko siya, noong inaarte na niya, sabi ko, 'Siya. Siya.'

“'Tapos sabi nila, 'Kaya ba niya?' Sabi ko, 'Hindi ko alam.' 'Ready na ba siya?' 'Mas lalong hindi ko alam.'”

Although he felt uncertain, Direk Ruel was ready to take a gamble on Barbie and JM's second showbiz comeback.

He said, “You see, ganun ang buhay, kailangang sumugal.

“Alam niyo naman ako, matapang akong tao.

“Handa akong sumugal sa pagbabalik ni JM, handa akong sumugal sa paglo-launching ni Barbie, naniniwala ako sa proyekto.

“Para sa akin, sapat na 'yon—ang maniwala sa vision ng project para isipin na maganda ang kalalabasan.

“Kung maghihintay pa ako na, 'Ah, itong young start na 'to,' no.

“Para sa akin, Barbie will be Mitch and mapapatunayan niya sa loob ng show ng ito, sa itatagal ng show na ito na tama ang desisyon namin na piliin siya.”

The head of the RSB Drama Unit also stressed, “I'm very confident na we've made the right choice with every single member of the cast and every single member of the team, na tama ang pagkakabuo nito para maibigay sa inyo ang pinakamagandang produkto na maaari naming maibigay.”

Joining Barbie and JM in Araw Gabi are Rita Avila, Vina Morales, Ara Mina, Raymond Bagatsing, RK Bagatsing, Jane Oineza, Phoebe Walker, Paolo Angeles, Ysabel Ortega, Victor Silayan, Arlene Muhlach, Eric Nicolas, and Joshua Colet.

The show is directed by Theodore Boborol, Don Cuaresma, and Mylah Ajero Gaite.

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Follow the story of Michelle and Adrian in Precious Hearts Romances presents Araw Gabi starting this Monday, April 30, on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold.


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