Casting call for Betty La Fea done

After months of conceptualizing the perfect cast for the Filipino version of the popular Colombian telenovela Betty La Fea, ABS-CBN has finally rounded out its cast for the sure-fire hit comedy. The Philippine cast, which will adapt characters from both the Colombian and US versions of the series, will include a lot of local veteran actors as well as some exciting new faces. Expect a lot of surprises as Betty La Fea promises to be as addicting as its foreign counterparts.

Betty (played by Bea Alonzo) is a smart yet unattractive girl, fresh out of college, who wants to prove her worth in the working world. After a lot of unsuccessful job applications, she lands a job at the Eco Moda fashion office, where she encounters a lot of interesting and difficult characters who aren’t used to seeing anything unfashionable walking in their corridors.

Since most of the scenes will be shot in an office setting, ABS-CBN decided to construct a full-scale office set just for the series. The Eco Moda office set is already under construction at one of the floors of the Eugenio Lopez Building in the ABS-CBN compound. This is just one of the exciting developments expected to unfold as the series gets underway. Story-wise, expect to see a lot of Filipino touches although a lot of the original elements are being retained.

Although there is much speculation as to who will finally play Armando, Betty’s love interest, the producers still refuse to reveal who will be Bea’s new leading man. Will Bea finally be sharing kilig scenes with hot hunk Jon Avila or will she test her on-screen chemistry with Luis Manzano? Or will diehard fans get their wish granted to see their favorite love team reunited once again? Tune in to www.abs-cbn.com for more updates on Betty la Fea.

Ruffa vs. Bea

“Dapat Bea matakot ka sa role ko. I’m not gonna pull your hair naman. I’ll slap you lang,” Ruffa Gutierrez joked as she faced Bea Alonzo, her soon-to-be co-star in the highly anticipated Pinoy adaptation of Betty La Fea. Ruffa has been tapped to play Daniella, the mean fiancée of Betty’s boss and the kontrabida in Betty’s life. Ruffa finally got to talk with Betty herself, Bea Alonzo, on the June 1 episode of The Buzz.“Baka batuhin ako ng mga fans mo, acting lang po ito!” Ruffa clarified, referring to Bea’s legions of supporters.

The Buzz

Aside from the fairytale romance between Armando and Betty, another highlight of series is the rivalry between Betty and Armando’s beautiful fiancé, Daniella. With her looks and fashion sense, Ruffa was said to be the perfect actress to play an executive in the fashion house where Betty works.

In the same The Buzz episode, Bea revealed her excitement to play Betty. “First time kong gagawa ng isang character na I don’t need to make paganda, yung character na mae-erase mo muna si Bea,” she said. Bea hopes that with the horrendous Betty makeup and hairdo, audiences will get to focus more on her acting rather than her appearance. Bea also admitted that she somehow feels intimidated to be playing opposite the former Ms. World Second Princess, but Bea believes that Ruffa’s role will definitely add spice to the drama of Betty’s life.

The BuzzWatch out for Bea and Ruffa’s showdown as Betty La Fea when the series begins airing in the coming months.

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