Michelle Madrigal turns over a spicier and sexier leaf on "FHM"

by Mica Siquijor
Sep 3, 2007
"I know my limitations. Kung may work ako tomorrow, hindi na ako lalabas tonight," says Michelle Madrigal about being branded as a "gimikera."

"September is officially the Madrigal sisters' month!" Michelle Madrigal proudly declares. It has been exactly a year since one of her siblings, big sister Ehra Madrigal no less, posed for the number one men's magazine in the country, skyrocketing her career to full force after. This September, it's Michelle's turn to shine as she graces the cover of FHM for the first time.

Since Michelle's showbiz debut via the reality talent search Star Circle Quest on ABS-CBN four years ago, she has blossomed from a sweet-looking teen star to a sexy vixen, landing a slew of kontrabida roles to add to her growing showbiz resume. But Michelle regards these roles highly, thankful that she can express herself better with the bad girl characters she portrays. Having been branded as such even off-cam, Michelle doesn't deny the obvious. "To me, you can't please everyone. I'm just enjoying my youth," she says.

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Having just turned 18 last year, there's already been a lot going for her, from the time she decided to live on her own at the tender age of 16. What does Michelle think is the hardest part of living alone?

"Ayaw ko kasing natatahimik at home, natutulala ako. That's why I go out," she explains.

This may be the reason why she has lived the gimikera life that she is wildly known for.

"I like to be with my friends, so ‘yong image ko naging ganoon na—gimikera." Even with her party girl ways, Michelle sets her priorities straight. "I know my limitations. Kung may work ako tomorrow, hindi na ako lalabas tonight," she explains.

As little sister to former FHM cover girl Ehra Madrigal, and working for competing networks, the two are perpetually in comparison under the media's gossip-hungry eyes. But Michelle is quick to defend her relationship with her sister. "It's not because we wanted to compete, it just happened."

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Although both are blessed with sultry and sexy looks that they have obviously inherited from their mother, former '80s bold star Karla Kahlua, Michelle admits that she and Ehra are as different as night and day.

"Tahimik siya, maingay ako. Siguro tama na rin yung ganung magkaiba kami ng personality."

Though poles apart in a lot of ways, Michelle is excitedly awaiting the time when she and Ehra will be given the opportunity to work together. "For now, it's nice for us two to rule FHM!"

Grab a copy of the September issue of FHM for more of Michelle Madrigal. FHM is now available at magazine stands and bookstores.
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