Is Melai Cantiveros the next Ai-Ai de las Alas?

As much as she admires Ai-Ai de las Alas, Melai Cantiveros would rather make a name for herself in the biz.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

10/6/2010 8:45 AM
Is Melai Cantiveros the next Ai-Ai de las Alas?


Director Wenn Deramas once said that Melai Cantiveros is on her way to becoming one of the most famous comediennes to date because of her gift of gab and unique personality. True enough, there has been lots of positive feedback on her role as Josa Tatlonghari in the fantaserye Kokey at Ako. Some even say that she has the makings of the next Comedy Queen Ai-Ai de las Alas. But the ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate prefers to carve out her own niche in the biz. "Sabi ni Direk hindi naman next Ai-Ai, mas gusto daw niya yung makilala ako bilang Melai. Pero sobrang happy ko dahil happy pala si Direk sa akin. Hindi ko ine-expect dahil hindi niya naman sinasabi sa akin yun 'rsquo;pag nagte-taping kami ng Kokey at Ako," she began.

Kokey at Ako was actually her first acting project, which is why Direk Wenn was surprised when Melai delivered a great performance during their first taping day. "Nauna lang umere yung ibang teleserye na nakasama siya pero dito siya talaga unang sumalang sa camera. Kaya nakakagulat kasi kahit makipagsabayan siya kay Toni (Gonzaga) and Vhong (Navarro), 'lsquo;di siya nalalalaglag, actually umaangat pa siya. At si Toni na magaling na komedyante, nasisira, tumatawa. Nasa script naman eh, pero the way niya ginagawa nakakatawa. Parang dinedirek ko lang si Kokey, ganon. Parang alien lang si Melai," Direk Wenn said in a separate interview.

In spite of the praises from her colleagues and avid fans, Melai insisted that she still has a long way to go before she could be really good at her chosen craft. "Hindi naman siguro dahil first time ko sa pag-arte. So si Direk ang nagsasabi na tama 'lsquo;yang ginagawa mo. Parang na-enjoy ko kasi parang kay Toni isang pagbasa lang memorize na niya agad yung script. Pero ako ang tagal ko muna babasahin bago ko ma-memorize. Kaya iniisip ko dapat isaisip ko mabuti para 'lsquo;pag kaeksena ko na siya makuha ko agad. Kaya ok lang siguro," she humbly stated.

With her rising showbiz career, Melai claimed that the only thing she needs to do is to make the best out of every project being given to her. "Siyempre sino naman ang hindi gusto na sumikat tulad nila Ms. Ai-Ai? Pero kuntento naman ako sa buhay ko ngayon at sa mga ine-earn ko. Hindi naman ako naghahangad ng mas malaki pa. Pero kung iibigay ng pagkakataon, pero sobra na nga yung binigay sa akin ng Panginoong Diyos. Thank you Lord talaga. So looking forward ako na tuloy-tuloy ang career lalo na malapit na Christmas, nag-iisip na ako ng regalo para sa family ko. Uwi ako sa Gensan, gusto ko sana dun ako mag-celebrate e."

If there'rsquo;s anything she wants to buy for herself though, what would it be? "Coming soon pa lang. Gusto ko ng Starex para sa akin at sa trabaho ko," she beamed.