Charice is the latest teen star to descend onto planet pop. You’ll need to remember her name; she’s already huge in America and has recently landed herself a role on Glee. As the petite powerhouse gears up to release ‘Pyramid’ this week, we caught up with the star to talk about about all things Glee, Justin Bieber and Botox…
Hi Charice, you’ve been making some waves in the US but you’re a relative newcomer here in the UK. Would you like to introduce yourself to Orange users?
Charice: Okay so, I’m 18 years old and I got discovered on YouTube by Oprah. Since then I’ve sung with Celine Dion and just released my album in the States, which landed on the Billboard chart at No.8. Now, I’m going to be on Glee!
Being Filipino yourself, why do you think that no other stars from the Philippines have crossed into the international market before now?
Charice: Let’s see, well, I’m not really considering myself as a successful Filipino -you know, to go international. It’s really hard to go international. I’m still trying. It’s really, really hard.
Would you not say that you’ve made the crossover so far?
Charice: I may have from what I’ve done already, but, you know, I’m not considering myself as a really successful Asian. I’m still trying.
How has the support been from the Philippines?
Charice: Very supportive, but I really love that Filipinos are all supportive, they’re there everywhere I go. When I have shows and concerts anywhere, there have always been a lot of Filipinos in the crowd.
How does the Filipino support rival that of the US?
Charice: Well, I’m still starting in the United States. In the Phillipines I was doing concerts years ago, but concerts in the Phillipines is like American Idol is in the US, it was really big. Now they’ve found out about the Glee part it’s even bigger! I’m really happy for what I’ve achieved already as an asian.
A lot of people have referred to you as a female Justin Bieber. Do you think that’s a fair comparison?
Charice: I am really happy, that’s a big compliment. I think the reason that they said that is because we were both discovered on YouTube, and he’s so young and, well I’m young too. So we pretty much have the same story.
Would you consider a collaboration with Justin?
Charice: Oh my goodness, why not!
On your new single ‘Pyramid’, you’ve collaborated with Iyaz. How did that come about?
Charice: The vice president for Top 40 radio songs at Warner Bros played me me Iyaz’s video. I saw it, and then I was like, ‘Oh he’s great,’ and all that. I didn’t know that he showed my video to Iyaz too! They asked me if I knew Iyaz and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m a fan, I love his songs,’ and after a week they emailed me, like, ‘Guess what? We got Iyaz on your song!’
Do you think that having Iyaz on the track gives you a bit of an urban edge?
Charice: Iyaz is really perfect for the song, the chemistry is just so perfect. I mean, my voice and his voice – I’m a pop singer, and he’s a pop singer too with a little bit of r’n’b. That’s why every time I listen to it, it’s just like ‘Argh, Iyaz is just so perfect on the song’.
Was it a real collaboration, where you both met up and hooked up in the studio, or was it one of those duets where you record separately and never actually meet in person?
Charice: Yeah, we recorded separately.
What do you think of artists that duet with people without ever having met them?
Charice: Well it’s fine with me, you know, I already heard Iyaz sing and, like, I trusted him already even though we didn’t record together. He has a great voice, and he knows what he’s gonna do.
How does it feel to have the support or Oprah Winfrey behind you?
Charice: I feel really blessed because I never experienced this kind of special treatment when I was in the Philippines – It was just all contests and competitions, but then here, in the United States, I have all these people all helping me. I feel so special, and I am really happy that they trusted me.
What can you tell us about your part in Glee?
Charice: My character’s name is Sunshine and she’s a rival to Rachel Berry. She’s going to appear from the first episode. Sunshine and Rachel Berry will be having some singing catfights in a bathroom, and we’re going to be singing ‘Telephone‘ by Lady Gaga and Beyonce.
And how much fun was it working on such a huge TV show?
Charice: It was really fun working with Lea Michele. Lea is just so, so amazing, it’s a dream come true. And I’m a fan of the show. I mean the first time I was on the set I was so nervous but then they really made me feel so comfortable.
Have you tried to slip any of your own songs into the show?
Charice: Well, not yet, I’m not sure if they would allow it but I’m really happy for the songs that they’re giving me, they’re so perfect. For me especially, the Beyoncé song was really perfect, they just know what the song fits for you.
Maybe in the future we’ll have a Charice special episode?
Charice: [Laughs] Let’s see!…
Glee is centred around high school misfits; were you in the popular crowd or in a group like New Directions?
Charice: I join New Directions in the show, if there were a club like that in my high school I’d join it!
When you first signed up to do Glee there was a media furor about you getting Botox, what’s the story behind that?
Charice: It wasn’t true, it was just a horrible rumor. I got injections for a jaw problem, but it wasn’t cosmetic, you know, I’m too young. I mean, imagine, Botox? I I don’t have wrinkles at all!
You’re not preparing for the signs of aging already then?
Charice: It was just too much and some of the press just made it so awkward and so horrible. Botox is not for me, it was just for the jaw problem because I was so scared that my jaw was hurting at the time. But if you watch Glee, there’s nothing changed. I love my face, I love the shape, whatever they say.
Like you’ve said, you’re still young at 18 years old, where do you see yourself in five years time?
Charice: You know what, I still want to finish my studies. I still have my own dreams, you know, I want to be a lawyer. I wanna study law. Five years from now, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what to expect, I’m just waiting. Definitely my goal is to finish my studies and to be a lawyer.
Would you consider any more acting projects?
Charice: Acting? I want to try after experiencing Glee. I’m still shooting, but it’s really fun. I think I wanna try something different. I mean, if I’m going to go for movies, I think I want to try horror films. I think that’d be cool because every time I get a role it’s just so simple, you know just quiet and all that, so I think if you’re going to see me in a film I want it to be a little different. You know, like ‘Oh my God, is that Charice?!’ That’d be cool.
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