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By Rachelle Siazon

“It’s very Betty-ful!” says Bea Alonzo about her deglamorized look for I Love Betty La Fea. Dressed as her Betty character, Bea talked to about her “reverse makeover” during the shoot of the much-awaited comedy series. According to Bea, the frequent makeover sessions, which usually last two hours, have helped her get a feel of her role.

A lot of work was required for Bea to achieve the perfect “ugly” look as Betty. She had to wear fake bangs, her eyebrows were “thickened” using stencils from false eyelashes, and her hair was turned into a long curly dried-out mess. Bea even wore fake braces that were specially designed to fit comfortably and to help her speak easily.

The young actress never had any qualms about going through her reverse makeover. In fact, Bea is willing to do more to give justice to the well-loved character. “Binibigay ko na lahat sa workshop. Every night pinapanood ko yung Colombian Betty La Fea at 4 am na ako nakakatulog kasi talagang na-hook ako sa story at sa character,” she says.

She hopes that viewers will also see the lovable attributes in her character that she found in Betty. “Gusto ko kay Betty yung pagiging secure niya sa sarili niya. May confidence siya in the way she carries herself despite how she looks. Alam niya yung mga gifts sa kanya ni Lord, the talent and intelligence na hindi lahat ng tao meron.”

Bea also has praises for her co-stars in I Love Betty La Fea, most of whom she will be working with for the very first time. She commends their professionalism and she couldn’t be more flattered than to be surrounded by a star-studded cast.