It's a double blessing for TV host-actress Mariel Rodriguez as she gets theopportunity to work on ABS-CBN's newest fantasy series Komiks Presents:Mars Ravelo's Varga. She will notonly play the lead role, but she will also have the chance to work with boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo.
"I'm so happy. Ilove it!" exclaimed Mariel during the press conference of Vargalast night, July 28, at the 9501 restaurant of ABS-CBN.
The young TV host-actress said she's grateful to have Varga because she never thought of playing the role of asuperhero.
"Actually, we never thoughtit's possible so it was too high to even dream of. Parang ganun, never kong naisip na magiging superhero ako. So when they told me about it, we're sograteful talaga. When they told meabout it, I wanted to do it na kaagad and talagang na-excite ako," said Mariel
For this role, the 24-year-old TV host-actress underwent severaltrainings to give justice to her character. "We had training for martial arts,"said Mariel "'Tapos nag-go through kami ni Angel [Sy, playing the role of youngOlga] ng workshop."
She also said, "Sa costume, parangnagpapayat ako ng konti kasi ayaw ko naman na lait-laitin ninyo ako, kunganu-ano ang sabihin ninyo, di ba? Honestly, 'yon ang totoo.
"Noong ginagawa ko na siya, naiisip ko na agad,‘Ay, It's hard.' It's not easy ha,being a superhero. Really, kasi minsannaiisip mo, ‘Wow, superhero!' Hindi, a,kasi sa costume pa lang naiisip mo, ‘My gosh, bakit hindi na lang ako nagingtindera? Kasi kung tindera ako, normallang naman.' Pero iba, e, worth itsiya."
WORKING WITH HER "INSPIRATION." Another reason for Mariel to be happy is her boyfriendZanjoe Marudo, who is her leading man in Varga. Mariel said that this is a bonus for her.
She said, "I think, masaya na ako originally. I really wanna do the project, 'tapos nagingplus na nandiyan pa si Zanjoe. Somasaya 'yong kapag nandiyan sa taping, masaya."
The host-actress also admitted that Zanjoe is her inspiration during their tapings.
"It's true pala, parang you can really use it as aninspiration. Kasi siyempre ayaw mongmapahiya sa isang eksena, so gagalingan mo. 'Yong mga lines, ime-memorize mo kasi ayaw mong mapahiya."
During the press conference, a small birthday surprise wasgiven to Zanjoe, who turned 26 last July 23. Mariel told the media that an intimate surprise dinner inShangri-La was also organized for Zanjoe on his actual birthday.
On that day, Mariel gave her boyfriend a Canon450D as a birthday present. She got the idea when Zanjoe once told herthat he was planning to buy a camera in time for the concert of his group CoverBoys in the U.S.
"Nagulat siya," narrated Mariel. "Sabi niya, ‘Kailangan kongbumili ng camera sa States. Hindi,dapat dito pa lang bumili na ako para mag-picture ako sa airport pa lang.' So,nagkaroon ako ng ideya."
Aside from her gift, The Entertainment Live hostalso promised Zanjoe: "Siguro dapattumahimik ako ng konti. Ang daldal kokasi, e. Kuwento ako nang kuwento, sodapat manahimik ako minsan."