Exactly one year ago from today, August 30, she auditioned for the role of Mich/Ana Vida on Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi. Now, the success of this drama is proof that she is becoming one of the most loved actresses. So, as a thank you to the growing support, find out what her journey has been like in Becoming Barbie: A Leading Lady.
Much like many celebrities before her, Barbie Imperial came into the industry back in 2015 through the reality show Pinoy Big Brother. Since then, she has appeared on a handful of shows like Langit Lupa and Ipaglaban Mo. Her life story was also featured on Maalaala Mo Kaya. As if it had only been a blink of an eye, January 26, 2018 came and she had her screen test with JM de Guzman.
When Barbie was finally given the role, of course she had to get the full leading lady experience. She had dance workshop, one pictorial after another, and interviews. Her first Gandang Gabi Vice guesting must have been particularly memorable because after the show, the audience completely swarmed her in the hopes of getting a photo.
Her schedules were already packed, but she was only going to get even busier. Barbie had an opening product for It’s Showtime. She visited radio stations, Kapamilya Chat, and sat down with the King of Talk on Tonight with Boy Abunda.
On-screen, JuanBie had an ASAP performance to show off their hot chemistry. Fun fact: turns out, the two only had 30 minutes to rehearse their routine! Off-cam, Barbie and JM continued to make fans feel the kilig with their subtle but very sweet actions like his attention to her hair and face. Then there was the mall shows where they got the chance to interact with fans.
Their unique love team continued to dominate the internet with record breaking views on Facebook Live. And as for the big red cherry on top, Barbie also managed to appear on the cover of a magazine and be dubbed as “the new sexy leading lady to watch out for”.
“Totoo ba ‘to?” she had to ask herself at one point. Barbie revealed that there were instances in the past when she got replaced for a role that was initially hers. Which is why she didn’t believe that she would be Mich until they started taping. Now, she’s beyond happy to be able to help her family and make a lot of people happy.
Yet, fame seems to be coupled with challenges. She talked about how being busy has cost her some friendships and its silver lining, “Mas nakilala ko kung sino talaga ‘yong mga totoong tao na maiintindihan ako.”
As for the reactions to JuanBie, she admitted to not expecting all the support. There were initially many doubts from neitzens. “Hindi lang ako ‘yong kinabahan, kasi alam ko na si Direk Ruel sinugal niya talaga ‘to.” But their worries were quickly relieved after Araw Gabi aired, and Barbie was able to change everyone’s perspective of her. She’s particularly thankful for JM’s help. The actress described her leading man as talented and looks out for his co-stars, “hindi niya hahayaan na siya lang yoong magaling.”
Without a doubt, this experience will open many doors for Barbie in the future. So, make sure to keep supporting her and Araw Gabi. And don’t miss the next episode of Becoming Barbie!