The Mexican telenovela Marimar, starring international celebrity Thalia, became so iconic here in the Philippines that GMA network decided to make a remake of it with an all-Filipino cast.
In 2007, the Kapuso network finally announced that Dingdong Dantes will be playing the role of Sergio while then-newcomer, Marian Rivera, will play the most coveted role of Marimar. However, Marian wasn’t really hand-picked during that time as she was still new in showbiz. With no connections and past projects whatsoever, the show’s director and production staff preferred Angel Locsin to play the role. Unfortunately, Angel turned down the part due to scheduling issues. This then gave way for other Kapuso actresses to audition.
We’ve rounded out the list of stars who tried their luck in auditioning for the role of Marimar before Marian was eventually chosen. Take a look at who they are:
1. Marian Rivera – Her fresh face and wicked dance moves eventually landed her the role of Marimar alongside her current husband DingDong Dantes.
2. Jennylyn Mercado – the FHM Sexiest Woman of 2015 also tried her luck to be the next MariMar.
3. Bianca King – Bianca always lands the supporting actress role which is why she auditioned as Marimar hoping to get the leading role.
4. Rhian Ramos – Rhian Ramos also showed off her dance moves during the audition.
5. Nadine Samonte – Nadine tried to bag the role of Marimar using her sweet and innocent charm.
6. Katrina Halili – Yes, Katrina originally wanted the role of Marimar but was eventually cast as the antagonist, Angelika Santibanez.
7. Karylle Tatlonghari – If ever Karylle was cast as Marimar, then she would have been the leading lady of her former boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes.
8. Camille Prats – We all know that Camille is a natural-born dancer which is why she also tried to audition as Marimar.
9. Pauleen Luna – Pauleen’s hair, dance moves, and physique is perfect for the role of MariMar but was sadly not chosen during the audition.
10. Cheska Garcia – Cheska used her half-Spanish descent in order to wow the panel during her audition.
11. LJ Reyes – LJ also surprisingly wanted to be Marimar even though she was still fresh from StarStruck.
12. Ryza Cenon – as the Ultimate Survivor of StarStruck 2, Ryza was confident that she would get the role of MariMar.
13. Valerie Concepcion – The “Slenda” endorser pulled off the same dance moves she did in the commercial in order to get the role of Marimar.
14. Nancy Castiglione – Nancy probably wasn’t able to land the role of Marimar due to her foreign accent, but looks-wise, she could have been perfect for the role.
15. Jewel Mische – Jewel also auditioned for the role but was also not considered
What can you say about these ladies? Who do you think should have been more deserving for the role of Marimar? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!