Melai Cantiveros answers talk that she already has an attitude problem

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Melai Cantiveros on being paired with other actors aside from boyfriend Jason Francisco: "Siyempre, malulungkot din ako pero mas maraming malulungkot na mga fans. Kailangan lang tayong mag-move on."


After winning the big prize on the third season of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother, Melai Cantiveros admits that many opportunities have come her way.

However, she says, fame has not really gotten to her.

"Hindi pa rin naman nag-sink in, pero natanggap ko na artista ako.

"Hindi pa rin nag-sink in na sikat-sikat, kasi ang iniisip ko, trabaho lang," Melai said during the media junket prepared for the cast of Kokey@Ako yesterday, September 15, at 9501 restaurant of ABS-CBN.

"Last year," she continued, "ano ba ang buhay ko, simpleng tao. Parang magic!

"Kung iisipin mo, noong normal ako, nandiyan lang ako sa kanto. Ngayon, nandito na, in-interview ng mga TV."

The 22-year-old comedienne admits that she was quite nervous in her first few days in show business.

And until now, she says she's trying to cope with the life of a celebrity.

"Dati kinakabahan talaga ako, kasi hindi ako artista, di ba? [Iniisip ko], 'Ano ba ang buhay na 'to?'

"Ngayon, parang okay na talaga ang feeling na parang hindi na ako kinakabahan.

"Hindi na ako kinakabahan kapag nagpupunta ako sa ABS-CBN kasi marami na akong friends dito."

Aside from gaining more friends, Melai also gained more projects.

On television, she was recently launched as Inday Bote on ABS-CBN's weekly program Wansapanataym.

She will also be part of the primetime series Kokey@Ako, which will begin airing on September 20.

Melai is at the same time busy shooting for the launching movie of Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzalez, I Do, under Star Cinema.

Is Melai fatigued from her very busy schedule?

"Hindi sumagi sa isipan ko, naramdaman ko!" she said with a laugh.

"Naramdaman ko na napagod ako sa puyat, pero hindi sumagi sa isip ko na mag-stop. Siyempre, maramdaman mo naman 'yang pagod."

Following her celebrity status, showbiz intrigues also started coming her way.

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One of the rumors about her is that she now has an attitude problem.

Melai immediately dismissed this.

"Siguro, sinasabi nila na lumaki ang ulo ko kasi na-late ako one time, e. Na-late ako sa Kokey.

"Pero nag-sorry naman ako kasi diretso ang taping ko. Sabi ko, 'Sorry, ma'am.'

"Pinagalitan ako ng manager ko.

"'Yan naman talaga ang isyu, di ba? Kapag na-late ka, lumalaki ang ulo mo. Normal lang naman."

To prove that she's trying her best to keep feet on the ground, Melai asked the media to tell her if and when something changes about her.

"Update n'yo naman ako, baka lumalaki ang ulo ko.

"Pero hindi naman lumaki ang ulo ko, tingnan n'yo ang ulo ko," she said smiling.

RELATIONSHIP WITH JASON. On another note, the newbie comedienne does not deny that her busy schedule has affected her relationship with boyfriend Jason Francisco.

Melai and Jason were fellow housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up, where she was declared Big Winner and Jason ended up in third place.

"Normal lang 'yan sa relationship na kuwan, na walang time," the comedienne, turning serious, told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press.

"Okay naman kami. Kung hindi, nagmamahalan din naman kami.

"Bahala na kung ano ang mangyari.

"Kung kami, kami talaga 'yan. Kung hindi kami, malay mo tayo pala, kuya [looks at one reporter]!" she joked.

"Kailangan laging positive, di ba?"

But is it true that she and Jason have already split up?

"Huwag n'yo na isipin kami. Kami, kung anuman ang mangyari sa buhay namin, happy naman kami, di ba?" she replied.

She tackled the rumor that she and Jason are never seen sweet to each other.

"Kung minsan, hindi talaga kami sweet kasi nga may problema.

"Kung minsan naman, hindi talaga kami nagsu-sweet kasi hindi naman talaga kami sweet.

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"Sweet lang kami sa bahay. Pero sa set, hindi kami sweet dahil hindi naman sanay ang mga tao.

"Ngayon, parang sinasabi ng mga tao na hindi kami nakikitang sweet.

"Kapag hindi kami nakitang sweet, maraming nagte-text na, 'Nag-break na kayo?'

"Bahala na kayo sa buhay n'yo!

"Ang isipin n'yo muna ang problema n'yo, baka wala kayong bigas!"

But what can she say about Jason's previous statement that he's not sure she is really "the one" for him? (CLICK HERE to read related story.)

"Oo naman, kasi kahit ako, hindi rin naman ako sigurado sa kanya," she answered back. "Pareho rin naman kaming dalawa.

"Hindi mo talaga mae-expect kung siya talaga ang pag-ibig mo. Nasa part talaga na mag-away kayo.

"Alangan naman ipilit ko ang sarili ko sa kanya, ayaw naman pala niya sa akin. Wala na tayong magagawa."

"HINDI SIYA NAGSESELOS." Melai said Jason was never jealous of her onscreen partners.

Recently, she was paired with Sam Milby in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Impostor and with Jon Avila and Rayver Cruz in the two-part fantasy series Wansapanataym: Inday Bote.

"Hindi naman siya nagseselos," Melai said.

"Hindi ko alam kung nagseselos talaga siya, pero hindi naman siguro.

"Alam naman talaga niya na ang love ko talaga, nasa kanya daw."

As of now, Melai enjoys working with her boyfriend in Kokey@Ako.

When the time comes for them to work separately, Melai said it wouldn't be a problem.

"Open naman ako sa mga ganyan kasi ang pinuntahan naman namin dito sa ABS-CBN ay trabaho naman, di ba?

"Hindi kami nagpunta rito para mag-loveteam-loveteam.

"Hindi kami pumunta rito para [sabihin na], 'Hello! Sikat kami! I love myself!'

"Basta kami, nagtratrabaho.

"Kung ano ang ibigay sa amin, e, di ano...basta huwag lang 'yong bold!"

Melai also said she really doesn't worry about whether their love team will for a long time or if it will not.

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"Hindi ko iniisip 'yon," she reiterated. "Okay lang naman sa akin na hindi magtagal.

"Okay lang din naman sa akin na hindi magtagal. Loveteam lang naman 'yan."


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