Her birth name is April Rose Dizon Matienzo, but ABS-CBN top gun Charo Santos-Concio has given her another name, which turned out to be the young talent’s golden ticket to local Tinseltown.
Introducing Charlie Dizon.
The 24-year-old bella dama is an emerging film and television actress represented by Rise Artists Studio and Star Magic, the country’s premier talent agency known for discovering and honing young talents into reputable artists.
“It’s just so funny, a lot of people thought Charlie Dizon was a guy,” the young talent told Manila Standard Entertainment in an exclusive interview. “I like names suitable for both sexes. So, when Ma’am Charo told me that Charlie suits me, I kind of embraced it.”
ABS-CBN is already investing in this young star. Early this year, it was announced hat she is going to play young Toni Gonzaga in the prequel to the iconic Star Cinema film Four Sisters and a Wedding, which was produced by Charo Santos and Malou Santos. Titled Four Sisters Before the Wedding, the film that is currently in the planning stage also stars Alexa Ilacad, Gillian Vicencio, and Belle Mariano.
“It’s an iconic film, but what really makes me feel pressured is the fact that I’m playing the role portrayed by my idol. But I’m extremely honored and I promise to do my best so people will not get disappointed,” she said.
Charlie has already proven her mettle in acting when she was cast in Fan Girl, a film directed by Antoinette Jadaone.
Before she snatched the title role, a thorough and tedious casting process was needed to find the best fan girl for the film. With three major casting calls around several cities in Metro Manila and with almost 600 aspiring young ladies who auditioned, Charlie was chosen to be the lead actress for this one-of-a-kind film.
“I was late for the audition so I didn’t expect to get the part. They asked me to read something then I went through a few interviews. I felt very fortunate to get the role and I’m very happy that the director guided from the time we started shooting until we wrapped up,” Charlie narrated.
“I have learned a lot from her. Her method helped me a lot to get into the character,” she said of the film’s director.
As a fan girl herself in real life, Charlie shows her compelling and breathtaking first lead performance of a highschool girl who is obsessed with a huge and famous Filipino celebrity. That celebrity is Paulo Avelino, who portrays himself in the film.
The film, a collaboration project by Blacksheep, Globe Studios, Project 8. Epicmedia and Crossword Productions, embarks on its journey with its World Premiere at 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival happening from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9.
“Fan Girl tells a tale of an obsessed teenage fan who finds herself inside a mansion with her celebrity idol she thought she knew and learns exactly why they say never meet your heroes. It’s a story that every fan should watch,” she ended.
Watch our exclusive interview with Charlie Dizon tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. on Very Wang streaming on Manila Standard PH Facebook page.
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