While we now know Charlie Dizon as a rising star in today's local entertainment scene, there was a time when she ventured into the dynamic world of K-Pop. Yup, it was only a couple of years ago when the Fan Girl leading lady was actually in training to become an idol herself.
In an interview with The Philippine Star, the 26-year-old recounted her days toiling to potentially break into the industry. "Feeling ko kasi wala akong chance sa Philippines, so sabi ko magta-try ako sa Korea," she said.
After acing an audition held by her former management, Charlie officially became a trainee. Over the course of nine months, she would go back and forth from home to South Korea to attend trainings. One of the friends the Kapamilya star made during the experience was Nancy of MOMOLAND, whom she's stayed close with until today.
She fondly recalls how they would practice their dancing and singing every day, likening the experience to going to school. The actress also revealed that their weight was scrupulously monitored, stating, "Ayun nga 'yung pressure, 'yung diet. As in every week, tinitimbang talaga kami."
Everything was sailing smoothly for the actress until troubles with her visa put her dreams to a halt. "Hanggang sa kukunan na ako ng working visa, eh 'yung contract ko kasi [for] trainee. 'Yung contract po kasi sa Korea, trainee [visa] muna tapos kapag na-launch ka [as K-pop star], tsaka siya magiging working [visa]," she explains. Her parents became reluctant over the processes she had to go through, thus, she had to let go of her idol dreams.
Luckily, everything the Batangeuña worked hard on didn't go to waste. Soon after closing the door on her K-Pop idol aspirations, she signed with Star Magic Circle in 2018.
Charlie's acting career only continued to blossom, with a Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress Award in hand, and projects such as Four Sisters Before the Wedding and Viral Scandal under her belt. We can still catch a glimpse of her performance skills almost every Sunday when she's on ABS-CBN's variety show ASAP.
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