Maxine Medina takes on kontrabida role for first time

Published March 13, 2021, 8:52 AM

by Robert Requintina

Maxine Medina

For the first time, former beauty queen-turned-actress Maxine Medina will play a kontrabida in the romantic-comedy series “First Yaya” on GMA-7 and she’s thrilled about the new acting challenge.

“Ganun pala ang mam-bully,” said the smiling Medina during a Zoom press conference with select members of the entertainment press on March 12.

Medina, 30, isn’t a war freak. All her life, she is known as sweet and nice.

“Hindi talaga ako pala-away kaya ibang challenge sa akin ang kontrabida role. After the shoot, madali naman ako nakaka-alis sa kontrabida persona ko. Hindi ko na ito dinadala sa amin,” she said.

Medina also revealed that they are slapping scenes in “First Yaya” which stars Gabby Concepcion (President Glenn Acosta) and Sanya Lopez (Yaya Melody). She plays Lorraine Prado who is determined to be the First Lady at all costs.

“Mahirap gawin yun (manampal) lalo na kapag close ka na sa cast. Naging close na kami sa isa’t isa and we always look forward to work with one another sa set,” she said.

Medina said that she has no issues with lock-in tapings which she thinks work so much to her advantage.

“Feeling ko nga parang nasa beauty pageant uli ako kasi I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to do my own make-up. Then 7 a.m., susunduin na kami ng service para sa location. Sa location, doon naman ako aayusan ng hair.”

“Pakiramdam ko rin parang nasa Hollywood ako during lock-in taping. Tatawagin ka na lang kapag eksena mo na. Ang maganda sa lock-in taping walang na-le-late. Lahat kami on time. Two weeks na kaming naka-lock-in and marami na rin kaming eksena na nagawa,” she said.

Medina said she is also excited to work with GMA-7 for the first time. “Maayos naman silang kausap at wala naman akong naging problem with Kapuso network.”

She also revealed that she’s in love with a non-showbiz boyfriend.
“Naiintindihan naman niya ang work ko. And he’s very supportive. May lovelife naman kami despite the busy schedule,” Medina said.

First Yaya follows the story of Melody Reyes, a high-spirited and diligent woman from a humble background. Strapped for cash and being the sole breadwinner of the household, Melody strives to provide for her family despite the numerous adversities life throws at her including an unresolved mishap.

Years later, while working at an indoor playground, Melody instinctively rescues a child from an accident not knowing that the latter’s father is the incumbent Vice President of the Philippines, the widower Glenn Acosta.

Life takes an unexpected turn when Melody becomes the nanny of the children of Vice President Glenn, who will later assume the presidency. Soon romance blooms between the two but is challenged by PSG Conrad Enriquez who is also torn between keeping his loyalty to President Glenn and being true to his feelings for Yaya Melody. 

This original series, created by the GMA Entertainment Group, is headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Ali Marie Nokom-Dedicatoria, and Executive Producer Joy Lumboy-Pili.

The drama is a product of the visionary minds of Concept Creators Jojo Tawasil Nones and Marlon G. Miguel; Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Creative Head Dode Cruz; Creative Consultant Kit Villanueva-Zapata; Headwriter Jojo Tawasil Nones; Senior Writers Marlon G. Miguel, Christine Badillo-Novicio, and Obet Villela; and Junior brainstormer Jai Shane Canete.

The series also showcases the famous and historic Manila Hotel as one of its taping locations.

Catch the highly-anticipated world premiere of ‘First Yaya’ – under the helm of esteemed director LA Madridejos and associate director Rechie del Carmen – beginning March 15, weeknights, on GMA Network.