Charice shines in Chipmunks Squeakquel movie

By GoodNews Pilipinas

MANILA—International singing sensation Charice made her Hollywood debut with a cameo role in the box-office hit “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”.

“Very happy po ako na some people are tweeting me na nakita po nila ako sa movie,” Charice said excitedly.

In the animated film, Charice stars as herself — and she’s Alvin, Theodore, and Simon’s biggest rival in a singing competition.

Charice recorded two songs for the movie: a version of Alicia Keys’ “No One” with the Chipettes, and the finale number, “Shake Your Booty.”

The 17-year-old shared how she landed in her first Hollywood movie: “I auditioned for the role in the normal way, with no backer, [and] not because I am close to Oprah [Winfrey],” she related in another interview.

“I auditioned for it and sang two songs, [and] read script. They asked me to do the three voices of the chipmunks.”

She got the role apparently because she touched the heart of the film director, Betty Thomas.

Charice recalled the director telling her: “You know what, I saw you in ‘Oprah.’”

“And she said that she could relate to the story of my life. That was why she told her staff that ‘I need this girl on my movie.’”

Asked if she is open for more acting gigs in the future, the singer Oprah dubbed “Most Talented Girl in the World” beamed with a big “Yes!”

“Talaga pong nagustuhan ko po ang acting. Pero ‘yong sa ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ hindi pa po siya acting pero sabi ko chance ko na po ‘yon. Kasi po, siyempre, nagpakita po ‘ko ng singing skills ko. Siyempre gusto ko na ipakita ‘yong acting skills ko naman,” she enthused.

“Squeakquel,” which is set to be screened in the Philippines this month, outshone other kid-oriented pictures shown around the same time in the box-office. The competition included the Charles Dickens classic tale, “A Christmas Carol,” and Disney’s 2-D relapse, “The Princess and the Frog.”

“Squeakquel” currently ranks third in the world box-office after raking in sales of $36.6 million.

Meanwhile, the “Squeakquel” soundtrack (which includes Charice’s song) peaked at number 20 in the Billboard 200 chart and at number three at the Billboard soundtracks chart.

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