WITH NO LESS THAN OPRAH BEHIND HER, A CHART-TOPPING DEBUT ALBUM AND A ROLE IN THE TV HIT GLEE, THERE’S JUST NO STOPPING THIS STAR
At first it was a rumor she denied, but now it’s confirmed and official — Charice will appear in the next season of hit TV series Glee, as a foreign exchange student who will challenge Lea Michele’s character, Rachel Berry. The petite 18-year-old — who rose to fame via YouTube — posted on her Twitter account: “When (the) rumor came out, it wasn’t true. Then after that, I auditioned. And I made it! Let’s party!” With all the attention she’s received (appearing on Oprah three times), not to mention the success of her self-titled debut album, she has every reason to celebrate.
Your song Pyramid went to number one in the Billboard dance charts. What’s so special about it?
Charice: Pyramid is my first pop and RnB song. I’m really excited about it, because previously I’d been singing big ballad covers by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. Now I’m really thrilled to be able to sing my own songs. It’s also my favorite to perform. It has a strong message of optimism, of gretting stronger from the bottom up, and of believing in yourself so nothing can get you down. I hope that will encourage everyone with dreams to not give up.
You did us proud as the first Asian and Filipino artist with a top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Your fave tracks?
Charice: One would be Note To God. I love this song. It feels like I’m talking to God whenever I’m singing it. Did It For You, written by Ryan Tedder (the frontman of OneRepublic), was a surprise and an unexpected dream come true. I was like, “Wow, Ryan Tedder wrote a song for me!” People initially think of me as the big ballad singer from Oprah, but wait till they hear the album.
Apart from Oprah (who called you “the most talented girl in the world”), you’ve also performed on Ellen DeGeneres’ show. Do you still get stage fright?
Charice: I still get nervous before I perform onstage, so I try to channel that energy into singing better and interacting with the audience.
I was also a little nervous when I recorded my album in the studio, facing some of the best producers in the world. But I had to give my best.
You have to show them that you can do justice to the songs.
Who’s on your celeb wish list?
Charice: I’ve met Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Mariah Carey. I’d like to meet Beyoncé or do a pop-dance number with Justin Timberlake. I met him last year, and he was so nice and charming.
A collaboration with Justin Bieber would also be nice!
You have a fun, quirky style. Does it influence your fashion?
Charice: I like trying different styles, experimenting with new stuff all the time. To look and feel good when I’m traveling is simple: Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest whenever I can.
Now that you’re based in the US, how often do you return to the Philippines?
Charice: I still go home as much as I can. I’m also with my mom and brother most of the time, so life hasn’t changed that much.
And since I meet my fellow Filipinos all over the world, we’ll always be in touch.
What’s your daily routine these days?
Charice: I still do the things I used to do before all this. Spending time with my mom and brother, keeping in touch with my friends and chatting online (I’m an internet junkie!), shopping at the mall, and hanging out with them as much as I can. Earlier, when I was working on my album, I was shuttling back and forth between the Philippines and the US. Now, I’ll be busy performing and promoting my new songs, and taking my college classes online.
And your greatest moments so far?
Charice: There’s a little pressure because I’m Asian, and it’s not easy to go international, so I’m just really grateful to everyone who helped and believed in me. Getting to visit different countries and meet different people all over the world is also pretty amazing. One of my best moments was singing with Celine Dion at Madison Square Garden, which was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Your best fan encounter?
Charice: I remember performing at the Singapore Idol finals at the Indoor Stadium last year.
It was probably one of the best crowds ever, and the energy was electrifying! I remember being very happy when the host told me that Singapore loves me, and most people in the audience were not even Filipino. That was pretty amazing.
Advice to those seeking success?
Charice: Never give up on your dream. Stay focused. It’s important that I keep my feet on the ground and continue to work hard. Fame and negative publicity are still relatively new to me and I’m just taking it as it comes. I still have a long way to go. Everything is happening so quickly! It’s like a crazy rollercoaster ride, but I’m enjoying it right now.
What’s next for you?
Charice: Well, I’m looking forward to doing the video for my second single, though we have yet to decide on the song. Hopefully it will be a faster track than Pyramid. I also hope to just get out there and perform my new songs.
Aside from Glee, is there anything else you’d like to be a part of?
Charice: I had a scene in Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which was so much fun. Acting is something I’d like to try in the future. Oh, and I love to dance!
Source: SMILE Magazine – Inflight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air
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