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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 19, 2019

Chanel Latorre Gets Biggest Break As The Wife Of Arjo Atayde In Iwant's Digital Series, 'Bagman'

CHANEL LATORRE gets her biggest break on TV as Samantha, the wife of Arjo Atayde in iWant’s Digital series, “Bagman”.  Chanel has done many acclaimed independent films shown in festivals abroad, like “Bagahe”, “Magkakabaung”, “Babagwa”, “Baka Siguro Yata”, “Woman of the Ruins”, “Alimuom”, “Maid in London”. She has also done an international movie in Hongkong, “Wan Chai Baby”, where she played a domestic helper who got into trouble after her American employer was murdered.

“More than one hundred kaming nag-audition for that role and I felt so lucky when I was the one chosen by the American director, Craig Addison,” she says. “Another international film I did is for Brillante Mendoza, ‘Prey’, where I played a writer and got to act with French actress Isabelle Huppert.”

Chanel Latorre with Arjo Atayde
Two other memorable films she did are “Of Sinners and Saints” where she played the battered wife of Polo Ravales who gets into a relationship with a priest who helps battered women, played by Italian actor Ruben Maria Soriquez, and “Maratabat” where she had a very realistic rape scene with the late Kristoffer King that somewhat traumatized her. On TV, she has appeared in many teleseryes mostly on GMA, like “Legacy”, “D’Originals” and the latest was “Contessa”.

In “Bagman”, produced by Dreamscape for iWant Digital, she plays Samantha, the pregnant wife of Arjo Atayde, a barber who becomes the “Bagman” or intermediary of a corrupt governor played by Raymond Bagatsing.

“When my mother and I first saw Arjo Atayde as a contravida in ‘Ang Probinsyano’, my mother and I quickly noticed how good an actor he is,” she says. “My mom even said, ‘this boy will hit it big someday at sana, makatrabaho mo yan balang araw’. So, when they got me to play his wife here in ‘Bagman’, the first person I called up was my mom to tell her na ako ang kapareha ni Arjo sa bagong series na ito.

Chanel with the cast of BAGMAN on iWANT
"Arjo is really good and he seems to improve in every project. I’m really thankful to be part of this project. It is a very daring leap from the traditional stories that we usually see on TV. Just like Netflix, iWant has a big potential in offering streaming services at sana, mapapanood din ito sa buong mundo to show our ingenuity and talent sa entertainment industry.”

The first 6 episodes of “Bagman” can now be seen on iWant, the next 3 episodes on March 27 and the final 3 episodes on April 3, using IOS or Android apps or web browser iwant.ph.You can also access it through Chromecast at Apple Airplay.