'Glee' stars say Filipinos are 'best fans'

by Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jun 08 2013 11:32 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2013 07:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Two stars of the hit American TV musical "Glee" consider the show's fans from the Philippines to be "the best."

Becca Tobin, who portrays mean girl-cheerleader Kitty in the series' fourth season, expressed her appreciation for her Filipino fans during a press conference held Friday in Makati City.

Asked what she most looks forward to during her visit to the Philippines, Tobin said, "I'm most excited about the fans because we got a lot of people on Twitter reaching out and I have to say the Filipino fans are the best. They’re so enthusiastic."

She added, in jest, "[Filipinos are] always friendly. They never threaten me unlike the Americans and I appreciate it!"

Tobin, along with her fellow "Glee" cast members -- Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist and Dean Geyer -- are in the country to take part in the local unveiling of Coca-Cola's new beverage.

For the whole-day event held Saturday, the four toured three malls -- Trinoma in Quezon City, Market! Market! in Taguig City, and Glorietta in Makati City -- along with Kapamilya stars and local Coca-Cola ambassadors Enchong Dee, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes and Joseph Marco.

Becca Tobin, Dean Geyer, Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist. Images from the official website of 'Glee'

Benoist, who plays the well-mannered and meek Marley on "Glee," had been looking forward to spending time in a tropical country like the Philippines, saying she has never gone outside of the United States.

"This is actually my very first time overseas, ever. I've never been outside of America so I'm just really excited," she said during Friday's press conference.

She added: "I'm excited to see a lot of nature. I've never really spent a lot of time in tropical countries before, so I’m excited to see that."

For Benoist's on-screen partner, Artist, having a taste of home-grown fastfood chain Jollibee, which he referred to as "the Philippines' McDonald's," is in his list of to-do's while in the country.

Geyer, meanwhile, identifies the Philippines with global talents like singer Charice, who was part of the second season of "Glee."

The actor, who plays theater student Brody in the series, recalled hearing the Pinay singer's voice for the first time: "I watched Charice on Oprah and I was blown away. She was pretty young back then, but just from listening to her voice back then, you know that she was going to at least do something, get signed to a major label and release an album."

Another Filipina talent who has fans in "Glee" stars is "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez, who made a guest apperance in the TV musical during its fourth season.

Benoist recalled being "blown away" by Sanchez's singing voice. "There was a moment when we were shooting when Jessica Sanchez started to sing her song live and just kind of stripped down version of the song and everyone just went quiet and stopped to listened to her. She was amazing."

The actress, after having spent Saturday in the country, was inclined to describe her Filipino fans similarly.

On micro-blogging site Twitter, Benoist on Saturday night echoed Tobin's earlier statement about Filipino "gleeks," calling them "the most amazing fans" after a "pretty incredible" day.

After taking part in the Coca-Cola event, the four TV stars are reportedly set to fly to Boracay for a vacation, a month before they start filming for the next season of "Glee."