Belle Mariano “body swap” with Shanaia Gomez in Click, Like, Share
February 1, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines — Belle Mariano isn’t used to not having on-screen co-star Donny Pangilinan in a series or film project, but “in a way it was a good challenge” for her to work without him because she would get to know other actors and learn something new from them.
Belle will star in the third season of the original anthology series, Click, Like, Share, with newbie Shanaia Gomez, for the episode Swap.
According to the synopsis, Swap tells the gripping story of two sisters whose bond is torn apart by jealousy. Jessie (Belle), a deeply anxious jologs who envies the life of her famous vlogger sister Jenny (Shanaia), gets her ultimate wish when she wakes up to find they’ve switched bodies. What follows is a startling realization that there is more to their lives than meets the eye.
“In a way, naninibago rin ako,” Belle said, on a virtual call, of Donny’s absence. “In Click, like, share, iba naman mga kasama ko. In a way, it was a good challenge for me too since kasama ko na sila Ms. Nikki (Valdez), sila kuya Bernard (Palanca). Andami ko ding natutunan sa kanila and sobrang natutuwa ako sa mga kasama ko.
The Click, Like, Share episode is something of a “breathing project” for Belle and Donny’s love team, known as DonBelle.
“Nasanay ako because of the many projects I did with him (He’s Into Her and Love is Color Blind). But now, I’m also happy to be able to do this project with my co-Rise Artist, with Shanaia and to meet new actresses… I’m learning (from them) too. Natutuwa ako na gave me this opportunity,” Belle shared.
For DonBelle fans, there’s no reason to panic. They can still do more business as an on-screen pair. She said, “When it comes to our naman passion, we both support each other.”
“As a po kasi actor, I always look at po material and story. I’m open to more opportunities and I’m open to learning. When it comes to things like that, we’re both very supportive of our respective passions and what we love to do,” the 19-year-old singer-actress added when asked if she was open to the idea of being paired with another actor. , except Donny. However, “Right now, I don’t see myself being matched with anyone else,” Belle said.
Since the storyline for the upcoming Click, Like, Share episode involves a body swap, Belle was asked who she wanted to switch personality with. She chose Ariana Grande, explaining, “I would like to be her in real life. Imagine ganun kaganda yung vocal chords ko. Since po kasi, she’s my idol when it comes to singing. Also imagine, kung may ganun ka kagandang boses ‘di ‘ba why not araw-araw siguro ako kakanta nun.
She’s also set to swap bodies with co-star Shanaia for a move to Pinoy Big Brother (PBB). “Yeah of course because whatever the life, kung kanino man ako ma-swap, I know that I will learn along this journey. Alam kong can matutunan ako sa bawat buhay ng kung sino man taong makikipag- swap ako,” she said.
On the other hand, out of the Top 5 Famous Housemates of PBB: Kumunity Season 10, Shanaia picked one of the winners, Alyssa Valdez, to switch bodies with. “Kasi hindi po talaga ako athletic. So parang, it’s so interesting to see what it’s like to be (her),” Shanaia said.
In a separate Zoom interview, Shanaia told The STAR how much she enjoyed collaborating with Belle on this episode. “It was awesome na my first project (was) with a Rise Artist din. So medyo we already knew each other. . I really enjoyed working with her. I learned a lot from her.”
Shanaia also found it “amazing to work with great actors like Nikki Valdez, Sir Bernard Palanca and direk Andoy Ranay. I got to watch them work and see how they (were) when they acted, so I learned a lot from that racket.
On her first acting experience after PBB, Shanaia said she “had a lot of fun and really enjoyed it. I really gave my best po talaga. It’s a chill episode lalo na po na J’ got to experience the ‘conyo girl’ na ‘Oh my God, welcome to my blog.’ And then I became Jessie who (is) ‘Anak ng Pares’,” the celebrity newcomer added.
“I got to experience both spectrums of action and it was really fun. It’s one thing I learned, something like, you act your best when you’re just relaxed, having fun and you really become the po talaga character,” she further told The STAR.
(Click, Like, Share the Season 3 episode titled Swap airs tomorrow, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. via iWantTFC.)