Actress-singer Maris Racal was recently tapped to record "Simulan", the Filipino version of "Starting Now", which is the official anthem of Disney's Ultimate Princess Celebration.
In an episode of the entertainment podcast PUSH Bets Live!, Maris shared that it was her boyfriend, musician Rico Blanco, who actually convinced her to take up the offer to sing for Disney.
"Yes, super excited siya rito. Actually, he was the one who broke the news to me na ako 'yung kakanta for Disney. Kasi siyempre siya po 'yung manager ng label [ko], so siya po 'yung kinontact. He just really said na, 'Oh my god, kunin mo na 'to. Ayusin mo 'yung schedule mo para ma-fit 'to.' He's been very, very supportive," she said.
It was early this month when Maris revealed working with Disney to record "Simulan", the Filipino version of "Starting Now," which was originally performed by Grammy Award-winning singer Brandy.
According to Disney, the song was inspired by Disney Princesses and Queens and celebrates "the heroines who fill the world with courage and kindness."
At the time, Maris admitted that she felt rather pressured into saying yes to the project as it was too big an opportunity to pass up.
"Hindi po ako makapaniwala. Talagang as in sobrang, 'Talaga ba? Ako?' 'Yon 'yung reaction ko. 'Yon 'yung exact reaction ko. 'Seryoso ba?' Parang medyo na-pressure nga ako mag-yes pero like nag-yes talaga ako kasi it's such a huge opportunity at dream ko talaga sila maka-work," she said.
In the podcast, Maris said that one of the things that make her relationship with Rico special is the unwavering support they give to one another.
"Special po siya in a way na we really support each other sa career namin. I support him sa kung anong ginagawa niya ngayon, and at the same time sinusuportahan niya rin ako at ine-encourage niya ako every time I feel reluctant to say yes sa mga projects, ganyan. Tinutulungan niya ako sa ganung department. And I think 'yun 'yung nagpapaka-special nung relationship namin kasi we bring each other up," she said.
Aside from her experience working with Disney, Maris also talked about her relationship with Rico in the episode, including her first impression of the former Rivermaya frontman and how they keep their personal and professional lives separate. She also shared some of the acting projects she's been working on recently, including a new movie.
Listen to the full episode below:
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