by: Bernie Franco
Melai Cantiveros will soon star in her own teleseryetogether with real-life boyfriend Jason Francisco in the next installment of Precious Hearts Romances entitledMana Po. The Prinsesa ng Masa admitted that although she is nervous, she is ready to take on the challenge. “Sobrang happy kasi nag-trust ang ABS-CBN na bigyan kami ng show. Isa itong pagsubok sa amin, sobrang mabigat na hamon ito sa amin. At the same time sa aming dalawa [ni Jason] nag-iikot angstory,” she shared. Their fellow Pinoy Big Brother Double Up ex-housemate Tom Rodriguez will portray the third wheel in their team-up in the upcoming series.
When Push.com.ph asked Melai if she is ready for the responsibilities that go along with playing the lead in her own show, she replied, “Nakaya ko naman nung nag-star ako sa Maalaala Mo Kaya at Wansapanataym.Nakaya ko naman din pero hindi ko rin masabi dahil isang araw lang [ang mga] ‘yun, eh. Ngayon matagal ito, eh. Kinabahan ako, pero gagawin ko rin naman ang lahat kung anuman ang makakaya ko.” The teleserye will be romantic-comedy, of which Melai joked, “May drama, may comedy, may hahaha! May pressure, romance,may love story. Basta halo-halo. Sila na lang bahala maglunok (absorb).”
The Inday Kenkay ng GenSan is a mainstay of the daily gag show Banana Split and will also be one of the hosts an upcoming reality-based show, I Dare You, opposite Jericho Rosales and Iya Villania. She also revealed that an offer to make an indie film in the future is also possible.
Melai said that she is open to have other leading men besides Jason, but admitted that she is most comfortable working with her boyfriend. “Naka-try naman po ako ng ibang leading man gaya sa Inday Bote sa Wansapanataym kahit maiksi lang. Pero okay din lang kaming dalawa ni Jason dahil leading man ko naman din siya sa halos lahat ng projects.” She related that she just feels uncomfortable if she has a new leading man, and an intimate scene is required, such as that with Sam Milby in Impostor and they had to do a kissing scene by the seashore. “Naiilang kasi kapag maraming tao sa mga scene na ganon kasi iba ‘pag kayong dalawa(Melai and Jason) kahit maraming taong nanonood.”
She happily revealed that their relationship is now on its 11th month and despite their away-bati relationship, she is happy that they have grown more understanding of each other.