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7 Things We Learned About the Insatiable Cast and What They Think of Their Characters

Debby Ryan believes that Patty and Bob are soulmates!
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ICYMI: Insatiable stars Debby Ryan and Dallas Roberts were in the Philippines for a fan meet just in time for the second season of their show. One of this season’s guest stars, our very own former Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz, was also present. We got to chat with them at an intimate roundtable discussion where they shared their thoughts about the show, their characters, and the fabulous world of pageantry—just in time to prepare you for the second season of Insatiable (which is now available for streaming on Netflix!).

1. Former Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz, believes that beauty queens have changed over the past few decades.

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ICYDK, it has been 50 years since our OG Kween, Gloria Diaz, has won Miss Universe. When asked if she thinks the pageant scene has changed over the past few years, she tells us that she believes that it has gone through a more liberal shift. She recalls that 50 years ago, beauty queens couldn’t talk about sensitive topics—such as birth control and divorce.

 2. Gloria Diaz plays a pageant trainer in Insatiable Season 2.

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She plays Gloria Reyes, a renowned and feared pageant trainer which is slightly based off of her real-life persona. When asked if she would like to be a pageant trainer in real life, she reveals that she would rather not do so. However, if she would be given the chance to train someone in the future, she tells us that she would make sure that she would help her protégé find something that would set her apart from the rest of the contestants.

3. Gloria Diaz watches a lot of Netflix, and her taste in shows would surprise you.

During the interview, she told us that she was overwhelmed by the idea that she was handpicked to guest star in a Netflix Original Series, primarily because she spends her free time on Netflix. Wondering what her favorite genre is? Serial killer documentaries! She also lets us know that this is probably why she loved Insatiable, given its somehow dark nature.

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4. Debby Ryan believes that Patty and Bob are soulmates.

When asked what she thinks about the main characters’ relationship, Debby tells us, "Soulmates aren't always romantic. There are people and things that I am meant to know and make me better. Bob is a person that rescues her (Patty) and he always has her back.” Furthermore, she compares their relationship to a kite being flown, with Bob as the string that provides stability to Patty, the kite.

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5. Debby didn’t know much about the pageant world before Insatiable.

Prior to playing a beauty queen in Insatiable, she was only aware of them; she tells us that her family used to sit around and watch Miss Universe together. Through the show, she got to know the world of pageantry and she describes it as "cool and exciting." The show also helped her discover more about the women who join these pageants, along with “their platforms and their passions for betterment, community, and sisterhood.” One of her fondest memories would be “sitting around, cross-legged on the floor in their pajamas, with the girls, just talking about their experiences in pageants.” Thanks to Insatiable, she has gotten to love and adore the world of pageantry.

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6. Debby Ryan and Dallas Roberts have some things that they like about their characters, Patty and Bob.

When asked about what she loves about Patty Bladel, she tells us that she loves that she “has a fire in her and that when she decides to do something, she's unstoppable.” Aside from Patty’s passionate persona, she also states that she loves her nonjudgmental nature, “it's never occurred to her to judge someone based off of their sexuality, their race—it's only occurred to her to judge someone if she thinks they are a good person or a bad person.”

However, Debby dislikes Patty’s impulsivity. She believes that “if she just maybe took a pause and zoomed out a little bit, she would be a better woman.”

Dallas, on the other hand, absolutely loves Bob Armstrong’s loud personality. He says that he loves that with Bob, “You're never sort of resting; you're always moving and running.” Although, when asked what he dislikes about him, he answers with, “He's super self-involved. He thinks he's doing it for someone else, but he's really doing it for himself.”

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7. Dallas Roberts’ caboodle would have completely different contents than Bob Armstrong’s.

Bob Armstrong, the ever-fabulous pageant trainer that he is, always carries a caboodle full of makeup and pageant essentials but the man who plays him would be the complete opposite. Wondering what Dallas Roberts’ caboodle would contain? He tells us that he would have: a drum machine or a synthesizer, pictures of his children, a radio, and a Paracord. He also adds that it would absolutely not contain any makeup.

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Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

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My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

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As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

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