Actress Maja Salvador admits that she feels pressured in playing the lead role in ABS-CBN's fantasy series Wansapanataym Presents Inday Sa Balitaw.
She spoke to PEP (Philippine entertainment Portal) and other reporters during the press conference of the new Tupperware brands earlier today, September 7, at the Bahia Rooftop of Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City. Other endorsers who were launched were Marvin Agustin and Sam Milby, Maja's co-stars in ABS-CBN's Impostor.
Inday sa Balitaw (1986) is one of the Inday movie series that featured Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. The other titles are Inday Bote (1985) and Super Inday and the Magic Bibe (1988).
Inday Bote will also be remade by ABS-CBN with PBB Double Up winner Melai Cantiveros playing the title role, while Super Inday will have a new version in another movie by Regal Films, starring Marian Rivera.
REPRISING MARICEL'S ROLE. Though pressured, Maja says in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that her co-stars in Inday sa Balitaw are helping her out with her character.
"Nagpapasalamat ako kasi si Kuya Mel Martinez [younger brother of Maricel Soriano], kasama ko siya. Tapos nagtatanong ako sa kanya. Tapos ang bait ni Kuya Mel, talagang binibigyan niya ako kung paano si Ms. Maricel dati...ganoon. Tapos, nagtatanong ako sa kanya kung OA ba yung ginagawa ko...sila ni Direk Erick [Salud]. Okay naman, hindi OA.
"Tapos, nag-iisip kami ng tandem ni Ms. Maricel and ni Mr. Roderick Paulate [co-star in the original Inday sa Balitaw] dati. So, yun, nakakatawa kasi nakita naman nila sa akin po si Ms. Maricel at si Mr. Roderick," says the 22-year-old actress.
Maja relates that she is very excited about the project. She even wished to play a role like this even before it was offered to her.
"Nung sinabi nga na gagawin ni Melai yung Inday Bote, sabi ko, ang suwerte ni Melai. Tapos, maya-maya, after one week, sabi naman, 'O, si Maja Inday sa Balitaw.' So, na-excite ako."
Incidentally, Maja and Melai are also co-stars in Impostor.
Maja says that right after the excitement paid off, she had to work and do preparations for the role. She relates that she is not new to doing comedy roles and that helped her a lot for this new role.
"Ang Impostor naman may pagka-comedy din, di ba? Inimpostor ko dun si Melai, ginaya ko si Melai," Maja explains.
Maja also differentiated the challenge of playing Inday sa Balitaw from her character in Impostor.
"So, 'eto, ang ano kasi dito, dapat magawa mo yung pagkakaganap ni Ms. Maricel Soriano sa Inday sa Balitaw kasi click na click siya, di ba? So, talagang nag-search ako sa YouTube, anong itsura dati ni Ms. Maricel ganyan. So, yun," says the young actress.
COMEDY ROLES. With this project, does this mean the public will be seeing her more in comedy roles?
Maja smiled and said: "Depende po siyempre. Kumportable ako sa comedy, yung sa drama din. Gusto ko din po kapagka may mga drama scenes."
Jokingly, she added, "Gusto ko nga may action. Pero parang hindi naman ako pasok dun."
Maja also tells PEP how she prepares for her drama and comedy roles.
"Pag drama kasi kailangan talaga ano, e, pag-aralan mo maigi yung script. Yung kailangan hindi ikaw 'yon. Hindi ikaw si Maja Salvador kapag nasa set. Yung character mo talaga, dapat yun ka. Tapos, dapat pag-aralan mo maigi kung paano maggo-grow yung character mo. Kung paano siya na, kapag nasasaktan.
"Kapag comedy naman," she continues, "light, kumbaga, ine-enjoy lang. Dapat mabilis ka sa adlib. Dapat mabilis kang mag-isip kung anong sasabihin mo kapag may adlib yung kasama mo, yung ganun. "
STAR MAGIC BALL DATE. During the Star Magic Ball last Sunday, September 5, Maja walked the red carpet with Matteo Guidicelli, her leading man in Inday sa Balitaw.
Asked if the 18-year-old-actor is courting her, she said that they are just friends and it was just a friendly date. She even recounted how Matteo asked her out.
"Nalaman ko po iyon kay Direk Erick, pero hindi ako naniwala agad," she relates. "Tapos, ayun po, nung nasa room ako, tinext niya [Matteo] ako, tinatanong niya kung may kasama daw ba ako. Sabi ko, wala. So, sabi niya, kung puwede siya na lang daw date ko... Natawa nga ako kasi sa text ako in-ask out."
Backing his word to Maja, Direk Erick even tweeted about Matteo's plan to ask Maja out, he tweeted last September 3 at 12:02 a.m., "Matteo is nadyadyahe to ask Maja na maging date sa Star Magic Ball sa Sunday. Mukhang smitten si "Ronnie" kay "Mariz" Uhhhmmm...I smell ..."
Two days after, Direk Erick tweeted again about the two stars, "Kinikilig ako. Matteo nagpaparinig kay Maja kung pwede sila sabay lakad red carpet sa Ball. Maja said, di ako nadadaan sa parinig."
Asked by the press if she would agree to go out on a date with Matteo if he asked her out again, Maja, in her usual unpretentious self replied, "Ay, may ganun? Sabi ko nga sa kanya [Matteo], 'Friendly-friendly date lang 'to, ha.'"