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
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