We all love getting addicted to fictional characters in teleseryes, because we tend to get obsessed with what we watch onscreen. How can we not when these shows have such diverse and unique personas. The afternoon series Kadenang Ginto continues to reign all over the country while the cast continues to capture audiences’ hearts. One of the lead stars of the hit teleserye Beauty Gonzalez visited Magandang Buhay and hosts Melai Cantiveros, Jolina Magdangal and Karla Estrada were thrilled to know more about the real person behind Romina Andrada-Mondragon.
PHOTOS: Magandang Buhay with Beauty Gonzalez
The Kapamilya star was all set to portray Romina during the opening number of today’s show. The three momshies joined in the fun, and even wore wigs to look like Dimple Romana’s character Daniela. Throughout the presentation, Beauty went to each of them looking for Daniela. However, as the skit went on Beauty had a hard time keeping a straight face and started chuckling, particularly with Melai, who was her usual comic self. While she approached Karla asking for Daniela, the host’s last reply was, “Nakain ko. Nakain ko si Daniela!” And with that everyone burst out laughing but were very impressed with their performance.
Beauty shared with the momshies how happy she is with the show, and is grateful to those who made it possible. The actress shared that Kadenang Ginto is how it is because of Dimples, and lauded her for doing such a great job. In order to keep their characters intact, she admitted that she and Dimples don’t share the same dressing room. “We wanted it that way so that hindi kami maging close in real life. Kasi kung magiging close ko siya maawa ako sa kanya. Makikita sa acting ko na naawa ako sa kanya. It’s better if we keep it separate. But we’re good ha. We really love each other,” she clarified.
Apart from being the versatile artist that she is, Beauty has now transmogrified into a loving wife to her husband Norman Crisologo and a mother to her daughter Olivia. Life can get a bit hectic and overwhelming at times for the first-time mom, but she was grateful that she has people at home who can help with her daily tasks. She mentioned that now that her daughter is getting older, she tends to say ‘no’ a lot to almost everything. Beauty said that it wasn’t like before when she was younger and clingier.
In spite of her busy schedule, Beauty underscored that it is still relevant to spend quality time with her husband, which is something that she tries to do for 1 or 2 hours every day. When she’s not busy working, they try to go on family trips for some bonding moments too. “’Pag gusto maraming paraan. ‘Pag ayaw maraming dahilan,” she stressed frankly.
Before making it big in the entertainment industry, Beauty was once a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus, an experience that she will never forget and is thankful for. “Thank you for the golden ticket,” she said referring to PBB. The PBB alumnae elaborated that it was because of this experience that she was able to figure out what she really wanted to do in life, and realized that she was good at her craft – which is now acting. It was definitely a far cry from what she wanted to pursue back then which was to build a cemetery, something that her family wasn’t really keen on.
Her dear friend Shy Runkle, whom she met in PBB, surprised her on set and revealed with the hosts how much Beauty means to her. They both could talk to each other about anything, that it came to the point that she was Beauty’s go to person when the actress was pregnant. Shy said that Beauty struggled quite a bit with her pregnancy and giving birth through caesarean procedure, and all she could tell her was, “Kaya mo ‘yan. Lahat naman ng gagawin mo para sa anak mo eh.” She would give her pal tips and advice what to do with her baby and urged her to breastfeed.
They both gave heartfelt messages to each other, and emphasized how much their friendship means to them. “Thank you for accepting us ni Gab. Alam ko kasi hindi mo kami iiwan. Lagi kang nandyan.” Shy told Beauty. On the other hand, Beauty thanked Shy for being such an understanding friend, and pointed out that despite not being able to see each other often, rest assured that their bond is still strong. “Thank you for accepting me for who I am and loving me the way I am, because I love you just the way you are. And you know, our friendship will go on forever,” she stated.
Beauty also showcased her cooking skills and taught everyone how to make her signature dish called LASWA, which is made up of just vegetables. It is composed of kalabasa, sikwa, gabi, tanglad, malunggay, okra, water, alugbati, eggplant, onions and a bit of salt. The finished product didn’t fail to impress the 3 hosts as Melai shouted out, “Perfect!”, while Jolina exclaimed “Ang sarap!” Throughout the whole cooking process Beauty has also narrated some of her childhood experiences. Already at such a young age, the actress said that she loved to cook, and would even dig out camotes from the soil with her playmates. She underlined that she likes to cook camote cue, although it’s something that she doesn’t have time doing anymore.
Beauty’s friend Cai Cortez also appeared on the morning show. Beauty hasn’t seen her for quite some time because of her busy schedule. As soon as the two girls saw each other they started screaming in excitement and hugged each other. They both stressed that they have been through so much in life and would be there for each other and would even go out and party during their younger days. Cai was so flabbergasted to see Beauty again, and started praising her for the person she has now become, “Look at her now. Napapanood natin sa Kadenang Ginto. Talagang ang galling umarte, tried and tested. I’m so proud of you”.
Kat Galang, who plays the role of Bonita Marilet in Kadenang Ginto shared her first impressions of Beauty. Kat admitted that at first, she thought Beauty’s wouldn’t talk to her and snob her, and thought she was quite intimidating. But in time, she realized that Beauty was very approachable and eventually they became close. Kat recalled that time when she was ill and just stayed in her house, and her friend surprised her with a ton of food. “’Pag dating ang daming… dalawang bandehadong beef steak at chicken adobo at mga bread. She explained that Beauty did it because she knows how it feels to be a mom who is busy struggling everything in life.
Yes, one can go a long way in life, but what also matters are the friendships that you have established thoughout the journey. As they say, good friends are hard to find, therefore once you find them, keep them forever!