With fans of the book series He’s Into Her counting down the days until the much awaited series release this month, Belle Mariano said she can’t wait to show them her portrayal of the book’s beloved lead character Maxpein Zin Del Valle Moon.
“Ang pinaka nagusto ko yung challenge eh. Since Max nga is so far from my personality. Si Max may angas, astig and ako naman girl, kikay ako na babae. Gusto kong lumalabas sa personality ko na yun. Gusto ko yung challenge. Ang natutunan ko dito when it comes to love, kailangan mo muna maging honest sa sarili mo and kailangan mong mahalin ang sarili mo bago ka maging capable magmahal ng ibang tao,” she shared.
Growing up onscreen as a child star to becoming an actress doing serious roles in last year’s Four Sisters Before the Wedding, Belle shared her first reaction after finding out she would be paired with Donny Pangilinan as her first love team partner.
“Actually nagulat rin ako kasi nung nag go-see kami I was paired up with different guys din like sila Rhys (Miguel) so nagulat ako na I was being paired with Donny. Natuwa ako kasi I know how passionate Donny is when it comes to his work. and mas nakita ko pa yun nung nag-shoot kami,” she admits.
On their first day on the set working together, Belle admitted there was a lot of awkwardness between them.
“Nung una natatakot ako lumapit sa kaniya kasi feeling ko hindi ko siya makausap, ganyan. Pero sobrang opposite. Sobrang approachable niya and he’s so nice. And during the shoot, like what he said to me, it takes time for him to open up din. Hindi pa kami masyado nag-uusap nun. Pero nung nagkaroon na ng lock in [taping] tapos nung nag third lock-in dun na talaga, sobrang easy to work not just with him but with the whole cast,” she recalled.
Working with an ensemble cast of her peers which includes Joao Constancia, Jeremiah Lisbo, Rhys Miguel, Vivoree Escolito, Criz Taa, Gello Marquez, Limer Veloso, Dalia Varde, Ashley Del Mundo, Sophie Reyes, and Melizza Jimenez, Belle said they had a lot of fun working together on the set.
“Memorable scene lahat halos (laughs). Ang hirap magsalita kasi baka ma-spoil namin yung ibang scenes. Pagkatapos na yung shoot automatic alam yan ng lahat nagyayayaan kami ng tara workout (laughs),” she added.