Here are the other 14 artists who auditioned for the role of ‘Marimar’ before Marian Rivera.

It has been over 10 years when when GMA-7’s Filipino adaptation of MariMar was first aired on primetime television. Back then, people anticipated this remake since the Mexicanovela MariMar made a great impact on Filipinos when it first aired on RPN-9 in 1996.

MariMar was topbilled by Thalia and was considered a game-changer in primetime television which was originally shown in 1994. The rendition of the Mexican Novela became so popular, it prompted ABS-CBN to transfer Mara Clara to the primetime slot.

Dingdong Dantes was already chosen to play the role of Sergio, Marimar’s leading man, when the remake was announced by GMA in June 2007.

Angel Locsin was supposed to take on the role of Marimar but she reportedly turned it down due to scheduling problems.


Angel’s decision to turn down the role had opened the doors for other Kapuso actresses to try their luck. Rumor has it that celebrities with the likes of Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, and Jennylyn Mercado were invited to audition for the role.



It was then decided that Marian Rivera would eventually become the Marimar in the Philippine version.

Not long ago, an audition video leaked showing the actresses who auditioned as Marimar.

They were asked to wear two-piece outfits and do a Latina dance. They also delivered a few lines wherein they talked to Marimar’s pet Fulgoso.


You’ll be surprised to know the actresses who once aspire to take on the titular lead role. Here they are:

1. Jennylyn Mercado

2. Karylle

3. Ryza Cenon

4. Rhian Ramos

5. Katrina Halili

6. Pauleen Luna


7. Cheska Garcia

8. Bianca King


9. LJ Reyes

10. Nadine Samonte



11. Valerie Concepcion

12. Camille Pratts

13. Jewel Mische

14. Nancy Castiglione

There you have it folks. Who do you think might be the best actresses suitable for the role aside from Marian Rivera herself? Please share and type your comments below.


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