After playing an iconic role in last year’s film Four Sisters Before the Wedding, Belle Mariano takes on another acting challenge as she brings to life the lead character in the hugely popular local book series He’s Into Her as Maxpein Zin Del Valle Moon which was first announced in 2019.
“Isa siyang maangas, palaban. First time she meets Deib (played by Donnie Pangilinan) hindi na sila magkasundo. Ma-di-discover niya ang love. How enemies turn into lovers. What excites me is ang tagal na naming ginagawa ‘to. Two years na actually since 2019 ng-go-see kami. Tapos ngayon ramdam na ramdam ko na. Ito na yun. We had team buildings naman with direk (Chad Vidanes) and Ms. Van (Valdez). Nagkaroon kami ng workshops and one-on-ones. So hindi talaga kami maiinip,” she said.
During the recent media event for the series, Belle said she could relate to her role as Maxpein on some levels.
“Meron akong nakitang similarity. Ang similarity namin ni Max is that both of us are family-oriented and parehas kaming honest sa sarili namin. Hindi kami takot na ipakita yung true colors namin sa tao,” she added.
The Star Magic artist said this is her biggest break in acting ever since getting into showbiz as a child actress via Goin’ Bulilit.
“Actually ngayon lang siya nag-si-sink in sa akin. Parang wow ito na yun. Nararamdaman ko na parating na yung He’s Into Her. Sobrang natutuwa ako kasi yung lahat ng bumubuo ng He’s Into Her sobrang amazing na cast, the director, the writer. First lead role ko and I’m surrounded with such amazing people,” she said.
Belle said that she also learned a lot of things while doing the lock-in taping for the series which starts end of this month.
“One thing that scares me is nung una kinakabahan ako kasi what if nga hindi ko ma-meet yung expectations ng mga tao? But more than that mas na-e-excite ako kasi during our lock-in shoot, parang natuto akong paniwalaan yung sarili ko na kaya ito ng buong cast, kaya ito ng buong team, I will pull this off and magagawa namin ng maayos ang series,” she said.
Aside from the good storyline, Belle said that they can expect a lot of chemistry from her and new love team partner Donnie Pangilinan in their new rom-com.
“Sobrang natuwa ako pero hindi pa rin mawawala yung pressure. Being lined up with those big love teams, it’s such an honor and kinikilig ako kasi sobrang big thing yung for me and since ito nga yung big break, I’m really excited for everyone to see yung lahat ng mga kilig scenes dito sa He’s Into Her. I believe that a lot of us gave justice to our characters kasi we trust our director and yung tiwala nila sa amin nakakadala and dun ko napatunayan na kaya namin mabigyan ng justice ito,” she said.