Maricar Reyes moves from modeling to acting


Posted at Dec 22 2008 10:34 AM | Updated as of Dec 22 2008 11:35 PM

She’s the newest girl in town and her name is Maricar Reyes. A model by profession, Reyes finally found her way to enter showbiz through ABS-CBN’s hit television series “I Love Betty La Fea” with actor John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

Reyes, a member of Star Magic, plays Candy, Armando's first love in the series. It is her most important role to date.

In an interview with, Reyes said that working for “I Love Betty La Fea” has been challenging activity for her because of the emotions she has to express.

“Pero nakatulong po talaga yung workshops, because sinabi sa amin what to expect and how to deliver,” explained Reyes.

She said that the difference between acting and modeling is the range of emotion you have to give in every project.

“With commercials, it’s usually [just] smile, feel nice and feel good. That’s the biggest difference I think,” Reyes said.

Reyes, who finished BS Biology in Ateneo de Manila, said that she will never forget the first scene she shot with Nicolas, played by actor Vhong Navarro.

“It was a very light moment, we were just in the Inter-Nick Café yung story ni Nicolas. That was fun, and he was very funny guy,” she said.

The model said that aside from the funny scenes, she has already finished shooting heavy drama scenes, and these will be aired soon.

She also told, that she likes working with the humble cast of “I Love Betty La Fea."

“Akala mo nga hindi sila star, they are really nice. When I first got there, yun nag-hi  sila. They are always smiling kahit alam mong puyat na sila,” she said.

Reyes shared that the cast really give their support since they know that it was her first time to act.

“All of them (were supportive). They understood na since it’s my first time to act, baka hindi ko makuha agad. Okay lang naman sa akin,” she said.

Reyes also admitted that compared to modeling she’s definitely having fun acting for the series.

“I must admit yung past few days ko sa Betty, fun siya. It’s fun to work in this setup, although admittedly parang -- well, there’s more time involved than commercial. Sa commercials, two days tapos ka na pero masaya. Dito may waiting time, pero masaya, masaya ang tao,” explains Reyes.

She also said that acting was not part of her dream but admitted that she always wanted to see what it would be like to work in showbiz.

Reyes, 24, disclosed that it was Mr. Johnny Manahan of Star Magic who saw her television commercial and asked her to join the network’s elite group of Stars.

“They asked me to come in, punta naman ako, pinaaral muna ako,” she said.

Aside from her latest commercial for a brand of sanitary napkin, Reyes has also done commercials for a beauty product, fast food restaurant, and a coffee brand.

To catch Maricar Reyes, don’t fail to watch “I Love Betty La Fea” on Primetime Bida only on ABS-CBN.