The cast members of Lipgloss—TV5's teen-oriented show reportedly patterned after the hit cable TV series, Gossip Girl—were formally introduced to the entertainment press last night, May 19, at the Finio restaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Entering its fourth season, the show boasts fresh faces—Lovi Poe, Benj Besa, Enz Guazon, Rhen Escano, Cherry Ann Kubota, and Regine Angeles—complementing the regular performers.
The addition of new cast members was decided by the producers to give the show a fresh look to match Lipgloss's new twists and turns.
Sam Concepcion and Saab Magalona were curiously dropped from the show's roster. Sam's departure was said to be amicable while Saab's case continues to be shrouded with intrigue—a fact that the producers never hesitated to confirm at the press conference.
Saab's personal issues and scheduling problems were said to be the determining factor in their decision to let go of the young actress.
A FRESH START. Two of the show's new members are Rhen Escano and Enz Guazon. In a conversation with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), both acknowledged that Lipgloss—given the fact that the program is meant to cater to a young audience—is not your typical local teen-oriented show.
"Mas mature ang attack," said Enz, who admitted being caught off guard regarding the topless pictorial the boys were asked to have as part of the show's promo.
Rhen, who is an incoming fourth year high school student at Montessori, finds her role challenging and unconventional. She mentioned the challenge of portraying the role of a student by day and bar dancer by night: "Actually nung una po, sobrang kinabahan po ako. Sabi ko kung gagawin ko to baka mag-iba yung tingin ng mga tao. Sabi ko sa sarili ko hindi ako dapat maging choosy sa mga roles na ibibigay sa akin kasi nagsa-start pa lang ako," she said.
Though still overwhelmed by their newfound profession, Rhen and Enz happily shared that they're enjoying the ride so far and they hope to stay in show business for years to come.
For Enz, who used to dream of being a professional basketball player, show business opened a new window of opportunity.
"Itutuloy ko na po ito. Na-realize ko na gusto ko rin pala 'to so probably, most probably, tuluy-tuloy na rin to," he said.
Rhen echoed the same sentiment, saying, "Kasi nagustuhan ko na rin po and nandito na rin po ako...."