Belle Mariano was only 11 years old when the original movie Four Sisters and a Wedding first came out in 2013, but it already made an impression on her. The actress said she is very proud to be cast in the the new prequel Four Sisters Before the Wedding coming out this month online.
“Ako ang gaganap na Gabriella Sophia Salazar na ginampanan ni Shaina Magdayao. Hindi ko na-meet si Shaina. Pero hopefully soon and marinig ko ang feedback on how I portrayed Gabbie,” she said.
Part of her preparations before they started filming last October was studying the original film along with the guidance of their director Mae Cruz Alviar.
“We had meetings with direk and pinanuod namin ng mga sisters yung movie all together. But it wasn’t really hard to get into character kasi naramdaman ko talaga yung pamilya Salazar, on and off cam. Ramdam na ramdam ko yung warmth ng family. Na-apply ko yung character ni Gabbie with the guidance of course ni direk, ni Ms. Van (Valdez, the film’s writer), and the whole cast.
“Kailangan dito makita yung tone ni Gabbie and yung nuances and how will Gabbie react in a situation but kita yung innocence niya. Meron akong scene na mas nakuha ko yung essence ni Gabbie dun. Yung nag-pe-prepare siya for her ates tapos nasa may ref siya tapos sinabihan niya si CJ na, ‘CJ! Magpabaga ka na!’ yun yung tumatak sa akin para lumabas yung pagiging ate niya kay CJ and kung gaano siya kaasikaso sa mga kapatid niya,” she said.
The 18-year-old actress, who plays the youngest sister in the film, says she also enjoyed working with onscreen leading man Jeremiah Lisbo.
“Other than physical appearance, siyempre Jeremiah is very easy to work with. As in sobra. Sobrang nag-ko-connect kami. Pag nagbibigay ako, nagbibigay din siya. I can respond agad. Sobrang gaan niya katrabaho and fun siya,” she said.
The film also reunited Belle with Carmina Villaruel who once again plays her mom in the story. “Of course, I’m very grateful and thankful that I get yo be part of this movie. Grabe yung opportunity na binigay sa akin. Tama yung sinasabi ko noon na darating yung panahon ko, magkakaroon ako ng movie. Natatuwa ako na naging part ako ng Four Sisters Before the Wedding. Kahit mapalabas sa cinemas or hindi, I’m still very grateful to be a part of this project. Siyempre nga dahil meron tayong digital and I’m very grateful because I get to portray such an iconic role, Gabbie from such an iconic film.”
Four Sisters Before The Wedding streams worldwide beginning
December 11 via KTX.ph (ktx.ph), iWantTFC (iwanttfc.com), TFC IPTV, Cignal PPV (my.cignal.tv), and Sky Cable pay-per-view (mysky.com.ph). This is distributed by CineXpress.