Charice Talks 'Glee' & Getting Salma Hayek to Join Twitter - Exclusive!
Chances are, if you've spent more than 30 minutes on the internet, you know of Charice – the internet singing sensation that turned her passion for music into a full-fledged singing and acting career. After being dubbed by Oprah as the "most talented girl in the world," 19-year-old Charice landed a guest spot on Glee as the adorable Sunshine and a major role in the upcoming film, Here Comes the Boom.
Celebuzz got a chance to chat with Charice as she prepared for a party with Lifesavers Gummies at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square on Tuesday, June 14. Charice is currently campaigning for orange to be included as a new flavor in the Lifesavers Gummies pack.
First off, lets talk about this Lifesavers event you are doing for the Lifesavers Orange flavor at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square – what motivated you to get involved in this campaign?
I am here to support the orange flavor for the new flavor they will put in the Lifesavers pack. What motivated me to sign on was when I was reading the details about it, each flavor, the orange, blue raspberry and lemonade, each flavor had a background. Orange is smart and everything, and I can relate to him because when they told me about it, he was the underdog of the flavor vote. I can relate to him because before I was always the underdog. It makes me feel great to support – I know it’s not a person – but it makes me feel great to be able to support this flavor and to see all the votes, it's crazy. Orange went from the underdog to the top baby! It makes me feel happy.
Well you are all dressed in orange, you look great in orange.
You just wrapped your first season on Glee – was it a fun experience filming the show?
It was a great experience. Especially when we did the season finale, because it was my birthday when we shot the finale episode. it was a great experience working with them – all the cast, the crew, everybody. I just miss them because they’re like family now.
Do you think you'll be joining on for season three?
Actually... [laughs]. It all depends on them. Of course, I would love to come back. Of course – it’s Glee! Not only because it’s a big TV show, it’s also because of the relationship I had with everyone. I got really close with them, so I would love to be a part of it again.
You also just wrapped Here Comes the Boom with Salma Hayek and Kevin James – was it exciting working on a film with such big stars?
I’m still in shock. When I auditioned for the movie, they gave me the script and gave me a role but I didn’t realize that my role was one of the main characters. So I was like 'okay,' and spent almost three months in Boston – back and forth LA to Boston to shoot the movie.
It was a little emotional when I did the last scene with Kevin James, everybody was there, Selma…they took a picture with me and everybody was like 'Aww, Charice is done with the movie,' and I was like 'Really?!' [Laughs.] The days went by so fast. The great thing is that they gave me my name on one of those director’s chairs, and I love it. It’s a big remembrance for me. It’s been a great experience, and I just want to thank them for trusting me, this whole acting thing is new to me but it’s been a great experience.
Can you tell us a little more about your character in the film?
My character in the movie, her name is Malia De la Cruz, she is Kevin James’ student. She’s a musical genius, she is a brainiac, she is really into school. She really cares about Mr. Voss, Kevin James' character, he is the biology teacher. She cares about him because his role is more of the lazy teacher, and my character’s dad is a little violent, and he wants to me to go back to the Philippines just to be a waitress and not to go to school and do the music anymore. Which is, in real life, it’s sort of my life as well. It’s a pretty big role, we did a pretty big scene as well between Kevin James and I, it’s a really big scene, I cried and everything. [Sighs and laughs.]
You are a big Twitter user – did you try to get Salma and Kevin to join Twitter?
Well, Henry Winkler has a Twitter, it's cute. It's weird that he has a Twitter and Salma doesn’t. It’s funny because every time I go to set everybody talks about Twitter. Henry – he is really cute – is like 'Oh, Charice’s fan tweeted at me,' and Salma is like 'What’s Twitter?' Twitter is really addicting! Sometimes you think it’s really public, you see of course the negative stuff, but it’s fun to share stuff. [Salma] is just not into it [laughs], it’s just very public. But it’s a great way to promote stuff.
Speaking of negative stuff on Twitter, what kind of message do you have for young girls who might be the victims of cyberbullying through Twitter, etc.?
Oh, I mean, boy, oh my god. I’ve experienced that a lot, especially now. I get a lot of negative messages on Twitter and Facebook, stuff like that. It is just part of [using social media]. Sometimes the worst part is that some people can’t take [the negativity], they are too weak to handle that kind of stuff. You just have to be strong about it. It’s just words coming out of other people, if they say 'you’re ugly,' its just a word – it’s never gonna kill you. I just want to tell other girls that if you hear a person telling you negative stuff, just remember that they’re not talking about you, they’re talking about themselves.
Watch Charice's music video for "Pyramid" below.
Looking towards the future, are there any actors and actresses that you'd like to work with?
Uh, Angelina Jolie [Laughs]. Well, right now, if I were to do a movie again, I’d love to try a horror movie but I don’t want to be the victim, I wanna be the scary one! Like the movie Orphan, sort of like that. I’m really into horror stuff, my dream is to work in a horror film, and if they give me a chance to work with an actress or actor, Natalie Portman or Jason Statham. They are really cool.
That's interesting that you are into horror movies, what are some of your favorite horror films?
Oh boy, I don’t know if you want to hear this…[laughs]. I’m more into gory stuff, you know like the Saw movies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I think it’s pretty cool, because everybody knows that, all the roles they gave me are like student-genius and everything. I want an experience that everybody would be like, 'Wow, this is the other side of Charice.'
Are there any artists that you'd like to work with?
Oh definitely, I’d love to work with either Ne-Yo or Chris Brown. The songs that I really love are more like their songs, R&B and stuff. Right now we don’t have a female doing that kind of stuff, more like hip-hop and everything like that, so I would love to work with them. And Eminem, oh my god, and Dr. Dre.
You also just released a new song, "Louder."
Oh yes! Jeez, my song. [Laughs.] Yeah, I just released my single “Louder," it came out last week. I actually just released two songs, “Louder” and “Lost the Best Thing”, but the single is “Louder." It’s on iTunes right now, and actually a couple a weeks ago I released it "Before it Explodes," Bruno Mars actually wrote the song, it’s a very great song, it’s my favorite actually. So just, download it! [Laughs.]