She may be the big­gest thing on lo­cal tele­vi­sion right now, but this month’s 20-year-old cover girl ar­rives at the photo shoot with very lit­tle fan­fare. She has come all the way from lipa, batan­gas, where they shot that day, and is still wear­ing the out

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She has ar­rived later than ex­pected and there is fran­tic en­ergy in the air. Alden Richards, the other half of the Aldub tan­dem-slash­phe­nomenon, has an­other en­gage­ment af­ter the shoot and has to leave soon. They’ve al­ready wrapped his shoot for this is­sue’s Cosmo Guy sec­tion and his team has been pa­tiently wait­ing for her to ar­rive so they can shoot the cover to­gether. So as soon as she sits down, her glam team im­me­di­ately gets to work.

There is no sign of the loud, bub­bly, an­i­mated Yaya Dub peo­ple see on TV. If you didn’t know any bet­ter, you’d think that

fe­bru­ary 2016 maybe the pres­sure of a packed sched­ule is get­ting to her. Or maybe she’s just ex­hausted. Per­haps it’s a com­bi­na­tion of both. Or maybe she’s just be­ing Maine. Af­ter all, this is not un­ex­pected or un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of Maine Men­doza. If you read her nu­mer­ous in­ter­views or talk to the peo­ple she works with on a daily ba­sis, you’ll learn that in real life, she is ac­tu­ally shy and re­served. That is not to say she is noth­ing like the char­ac­ter she plays on Ka­lye­serye. “Kenkoy dinsi Maine, pinip­ililang kungkani­nosiya­m­agig­ing makulit,” she shares.

It’s telling that she refers to her­self in the third per­son: Maine Men­doza is Yaya Dub and vice versa. But also… not. “Sig­uron­gay­on­m­e­dyo naa- adapt konarin’yung Yaya Dub per­son­al­ity but be­fore, I saw them as two dif­fer­ent peo­ple. They’re po­lar op­po­sites. Yaya Dub is more like my al­ter-ego, since Maine is shy com­pared to Yaya Dub, who’s su­per loud and ma­likot. In real life, I’m not like the girl peo­ple see on TV.”

This “al­ter-ego” thing is noth­ing new. Bey­oncé fa­mously has Sasha Fierce. Maine has Yaya Dub. “A lot of peo­ple ac­tu­ally no­tice that I’m usu­ally pretty chill, but when the cam­eras start rolling, all-out na. Show time na.”

If you think all that kook­i­ness is ex­clu­sively Yaya Dub, it’s not. Ap­par­ently, pulling wacky faces is trade­mark Maine. “As a kid, sanay­ta­la­gaakong lag­ing­nag­pa­pa­panget. When I talk to my par­ents or friends, I re­ally re­spond with wacky faces.”

And al­though her al­terego is more ex­u­ber­ant than she is, they still share the same in­nate kapilya­han. Love team part­ner and friend Alden de­scribes Maine—maine, not Yaya Dub—as makulit, even adding that she’s ac­tu­ally “10 times more makulit” than he ex­pected.

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Look­ing at her though, it’s easy to as­sume that her Yaya Dub per­sona is com­pletely sep­a­rate from her Maine per­sona. Dur­ing the en­tire shoot, she only pulls a cou­ple of wacky faces. In Ka­lye­serye, it al­most seems as if she pulls one wacky face per se­cond. So how does she do it? How does she over­come her shy­ness, shrug off her in­tro­verted na­ture, to play Yaya Dub?

“Ac­tu­ally, su­per strug­gle saakin’yon­bi­lan­galam

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