- Katrina Halili revealed that it took her quite a while before she was convinced to play the role of Angelica Santibañez in the 2007 remake of Marimar
- The Kapuso actress turned down the role at first but still accepted the role
- She said that it was actually her favorite kontrabida role
Though Katrina Halili considers 'Angelika Santibañez' role in 2007 Marimar of GMA is her favorite, she revealed that she initially turned it down for one reason, She is an avid fan of the original Marimar.
"Yung MariMar na yun, sobrang favorite ko yun noong bata ako. Yung Tagalog [version], pinanunuod ko talaga siya as in adik talaga ako.
"Tapos bago siya gawin ng GMA, merong nagre-release dito ng lumang films, pinanood ko siya. Hindi ko alam na ire-release ng GMA, ha. Wala akong idea. So pinanuod ko siya.
"Tapos noong pinanood ko siya, sabi ko, hindi ko tatanggapin itong Angelika Santibanez na ito. Hindi ko tatanggapin 'pag binigay sa akin yan, kapag ginawa 'yan ng GMA."
KAMI learned from Pep that just months later, GMA was able to buy the rights of the show to eventually do a Filipino version of it. GMA talents were given a chance to audition for each role where Marian Rivera landed as Marimar.
"Pina-audition kasi kaming lahat, e. So required. So nakuha ako sa Angelika," Katrina recalled.
"Di ko tinanggap, as in two weeks hindi ako nag-attend ng mga storycon, ayoko! Ganun ako ka-wild fan!"
Katrina was only convinced when GMA made a slight on the story line where Angelika became a third wheel between Marimar and Sergio.
In the original Mexican series Angelika played the role of Sergio's stepmother.
"Tapos ayun, pinilit ako, tapos naging okay naman. Ang ginawa ko na lang, ginaya ko yung Mexican."
"Kung mapapansin mo, iba yung acting ko, ginaya ko yung Mexican, arte-arte talaga, pati pagsalita ko, iniiba ko yung boses ko nun, e.
"Tapos mga kilos ko talagang gusto ko, ano ako dito, yung Mexican yung atake pero pag nagsalita ng Tagalog may ibang dating. So yun ang ginawa ko doon," she added.
Katrina will be having a new afternoon series with Megan Young entitled 'The stepdaughters'
This will air on GMA this coming February 12.
Katrina will play the role of Isabelle Salvador, a rich and sophisticated businesswoman who becomes the bitter rival of Mayumi dela Rosa, portrayed by Megan Young.
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