Charice draws praise over role in 'Chipmunks' film


Posted at Jan 04 2010 11:40 AM | Updated as of Jan 04 2010 10:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Even though she played a small role in Hollywood film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," Filipino international singing sensation Charice was thrilled that some people have noticed her in the hit family movie.

In the sequel to the cartoon characters' 2007 worldwide smash, Charice plays herself, the biggest rival of the chipmunks in a singing competition. The 17-year-old songstress sang Alicia Keys' "No One” in the film distributed by 20th Century Fox.

"Very happy po ako na some people are tweeting me na nakita po nila ako sa movie," the singer told

Charice was also happy over the sequel's big success. Reuters reported that as of January 3 it ranked No. 3 in the worldwide box office, with $36.6 million sales record, and a 12-day total of $157.3 million.

The film has yet to be screened in the Philippines.

Like any Hollywood star, Charice had to audition to bag the role.

In her previous interview, Charice said the casting crew was impressed by her ability to modulate her voice to mimic that of a chipmunk. Reports also said that the director saw her performance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and was blown away by her voice.

Meanwhile, Charice is now in the United States to prepare for the release of her 2nd international single called “Pyramid,” which is part of her international album.

Charice’s debut album is expected to be launched either February or March of this year. There were reports that the formal launching will happen on Oprah, but Charice declined to confirm the speculations. -Reyma Buan-Deveza,