IF THERE’S one thing that makes Maine Mendoza stand out, it would be her authenticity. She always stays true to herself, no matter what anyone or society tells her.
Following her blog post “That’s how it works,” where she vented her frustrations of how in show business, one is surrounded by fake people pretending to be a friend, Maine said that she will not change anything about herself just to fit in and please everybody.
Award-winning actress Judy Ann Santos—although she never got the chance to meet Maine on the set of “Eat Bulaga” where her husband Ryan Agoncillo works—empathizes with the rising star.
“With Maine, I totally understand where she’s coming from, kasi hindi naman talaga siya nanggaling sa pagiging artista, di ba? Biglaan lahat ito sa kanya so nakaka-overwhelm ang buhos ng atensiyon sa kanya and everybody is expecting so much from her,” Judy Ann told Pep.ph.
Maine rose to fame along with “Pambansang Bae” Alden Richards in their split-screen romance in the Kalyeserye segment of the noontime show “Eat Bulaga.”
“Siya bilang tao, bilang bata, parang nadi-deprive na siya ng mga bagay na gusto niyang gawin personally. Nadya-judge siya sa mga ginagawa niya kasi people are expecting so many things from her, and hindi siya dapat magpa-pressure sa ganun,” Judy Ann added.
She also agreed that Maine should not change her ways just to conform to the norm or let others dictate who she is.
“Tama naman sa sinabi niya na, ‘Ako ito. Tanggapin niyo ako kung sino ako. Huwag nating baguhin ang bata. Yun siya. Kasi pag binago natin ang isang tao, magiging malungkot siya. Kumbaga, huwag natin siyang angkinin. We don’t own her. Maine doesn’t owe anything from anybody,” she said.
Moreover, Judy Ann said that whatever Maine has experienced is not the end of it.
“She needs to brace herself for more roller-coaster rides. Because this is how show business works,” she said.