Ex-Pinoy Big Brother Double Up housemate Sam Pinto is proud and happy to be part of the country's longest-running gag show, Bubble Gang.
Sam's inclusion in the GMA-7 comedy program coincides with its 15th year anniversary, which will be celebrated with a horror-comedy musical extravaganza to be shown on October 29.
The upcoming anniversary and Halloween special will also introduce the Bubblets—Bubble Gang's new gang composed of Sam, Jackie Rice, Gwen Zamora, and Ellen Adarna.
Like most of today's young stars, Sam grew up watching the wacky antics and stunts of the enduring gag show, particularly the tandem of Ogie Alcasid and Michael V.
Being asked to join the cast of Bubble Gang, according to Sam, was a total surprise. Now, being part of the show has made her understand why it lasted for more than a decade, in spite of competition and changing television trends.
"Masaya and talagang very light, as in 'yong acting and everything. It's fun sa rehearsal. And sina Kuya Ogie and Kuya Bitoy [Michael V's nickname], as in sila pa 'yong nagha-hi and good morning sa amin," Sam told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview earlier today, October 21, at GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
LOADED WITH WORK. Sam's transfer to the Kapuso network last September was facilitated by the actress-model's management team.
Viva Management, which handles Sam's showbiz career, decided that transferring her from ABS-CBN to another station might help boost the 20-year-old's burgeoning career after she appeared in the hit reality show Pinoy Big Brother Double Up.
Sam appears every Sunday in Party Pilipinas and she's also slated to grace the big screen this December via the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival entry Ang Agimat ni Enteng, starring action star-turned-politician Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and ace comedian Vic Sotto.
The film, mentioned Sam, is already "halfway done" and she described Bong as "sobrang down to earth."
Considering the box-office success of Bong and Vic in the annual film festival, Sam acknowledged that there's undeniable pressure on her part to help continue the tradition set by the two veteran actors.
"Pero what I've heard is lahat ng leading lady nila, they really made it, like Kristine Hermosa... I'm so happy that they chose me and that I'm now part of this project," said Sam.
NOT SCARED OF MARIAN. We asked Sam to clarify the rumor currently linking her to actor Dingdong Dantes.
Sam said she has no idea about how the issue started. Rumor has it that the model-actress caught the eye of the hunky actor while they were doing the Sunday concert variety show Party Pilipinas.
"Sa dressing room, for some reason, isang Party Pilipinas, ako lang 'yong babae sa dressing room and lahat ng kasama ko, guys. Tapos may nagtatanong daw na sinabi ni Dingdong na palitan ko daw 'yong suot ko, ganyan-ganyan. Hindi naman niya sinabi sa akin 'yon. He didn't even talk to me. I said 'hi' for courtesy, pero that's it," explained Sam.
Is she wary that the rumor might earn the ire of Dingdong's girlfriend, Marian Rivera?
"Actually, I'm not really scared of Marian," replied Sam.
We reminded Sam of actress Bela Padilla's claim that Marian "harassed" her allegedly out of jealousy because the showbiz newcomer was being cozy with Dingdong during the time they were still doing the series Endless Love.
"For me naman, I won't stoop down that low. Hindi naman kailangan dahil it's super not true. Dingdong and I don't event talk. Seryoso, hindi kami nagte-text or anything talaga. She [Marian] has nothing to worry about talaga," emphasized Sam.
During the interview, Sam revealed that she auditioned yesterday, October 20, for the planned television comeback of local superhero Captain Barbell.
Interestingly, Sam cited one role that she would love to portray in the future—the same character that was last played by no less than Marian Rivera herself.
"Darna!" she laughed. "Seryoso, Darna, di ba, parang same as my [Ang] Agimat [ni Enteng] role, as in very kick-ass...puwede bang sabihin 'yon? Basta, very strong, she can fight guys. Sobrang I had fun doing fight scenes ko sa Agimat, so game ako dun."