Melai Cantiveros shares the credit for Inday Bote's high ratings with her co-stars like Rayver Cruz and Jon Avila.
Wansapantaym: Inday Bote lead star Melai Cantiveros could hardly believe the news that her show topped the Saturday primetime block last week. It even surpassed that of Maalaala Mo Kaya which came in second, followed by TV Patrol, then Failon Ngayon. The super talkative ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate was rendered speechless at first before she finally said, "Ay salamat naman at mataas pala ang ratings ng Inday Bote, salamat sa mga nanood. Hindi ko in-expect dahil sobrang focused ako ngayon sa trabaho. Kaya sa totoo lang 'lsquo;di ko na naiisip yung mga ganyang bagay. Pero sobrang happy naman ako kung ganon."
With her natural knack for comedy, it'rsquo;s really no big surprise why Melai has captivated the hearts of many Filipino viewers. The fact that she remains down-to-earth and unpretentious despite her instant fame further adds to her unique charm. Even her Inday Bote leading man Rayver Cruz was very impressed with her talent as well as lovable personality. To which she shyly replied, "Hindi uy, exag yun! 'lsquo;Salamat kuya Rayver, over ka.'rsquo; Oo close kami sa set, nagkukuwentuhan kami, nagtatawanan kami. Noong una nahihiya pa ako kay Rayver kasi sino ba naman hindi mahihiya e artista yun. Bata pa 'lsquo;yan nasa showbiz na."
Melai claimed, however, that she didn'rsquo;t have a hard time adjusting to her role because both Rayver and Jon Avila (her other leading man in Inday Bote) were very helpful when they were taping the two-part series. "Tinuturuan nila ako. 'lsquo;Huwag ka masyado kuwan, eto enter ka, dito ka tumingin.'rsquo; Todo alalay ba? 'lsquo;Tsaka sobrang nakakatawa lalo na si Ate Joy Viado at saka si Chokoleit, enjoy kami sa set. Tapos si kuya Rayver mabait, si Jon gentleman din. Nagkasama na kami ni Jon sa Impostor kaya hindi na ako gaano nahiya sa kanya," she related.
Did her boyfriend Jason Francisco ever feel threatened while she was working with her two dashing co-stars? "Hindi naman siya magseselos kasi dumalaw 'lsquo;yan (Jason) sa Inday Bote, nagusap silang dalawa [ni Rayver]. Si Jon walang problema kasi magkakasama kami sa Impostor noon."