The MayWard pair continues to charm audiences with their wit, talent, chemistry, and authenticity.
It has been two years since Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber graced Philippine television screens as teen housemates in Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Lucky Season 7. Maymay was trying to reach her showbiz dream while aiming to help augment her family’s expenses while Edward was wondering if he could make it as a teen celebrity. Little did they know that they were in for a huge surprise. They had big dreams as teenagers but what they have achieved individually and as a love team are even beyond their wildest dreams.
“Hindi! My goodness,” Maymay exclaims to Inside Showbiz Weekly when asked if she has ever expected the successes of the MayWard tandem. Edward adds, “Akala ko ma-e-evict ako sa first week.” Maymay recounts, “Sinabi niya po sa akin, paglabas na ng PBB, aalis na daw siya. Sa Germany, babalik siya dun, mag-school siya. Tapos ako kung saan ako dadalhin ng tadhana, kung hanggang saan din ako, doon ako.”
She goes on, “May nagsabi kasi sa akin nung lumabas ako sa PBB, si Kuya Arjo Atayde, kahit anong mangyari, ibigay mo lang ‘yung best mo kahit maliit o malaking bagay, ibigay mo lang. Kaya hindi ako nag-expect talaga.” They just made the most of every opportunity that came after the PBB Big Night wherein Edward was the Fourth Lucky Big Placer and Maymay was the Lucky Big Winner.
They have had singles, concert events, television appearances, and roles in TV programs and movies. Edward is part of the Aga Muhlach–Bea Alonzo flick First Love while Maymay has a Platinum self-titled debut album plus a concert tour. Their fanbase has gotten bigger as more people appreciated the Kapamilya tandem. Maymay reacts, “Siguro nagpapakatotoo lang kami,” while Edward surmises, “I feel we are not that different from any pair of millennial teens. I don’t think we are any different. We just got lucky, I feel. We got a chance to work and we worked hard.”
Maymay and Edward are all smiles these days because of their upcoming teleserye under Dreamscape Entertainment. All the while, they thought that they had just bagged supporting roles again in a teleserye just like in La Luna Sangre, and they were already contented with that. But, they are in fact the lead actors in the soap opera Honey My Love So Sweet. “Nabigla kami,” confesses Edward. “Hindi kami umasa na kami ‘yung lead kasi kailangan pa namin ng time hanggang sa sinabi na kami ‘yung maging lead. Bukas, agad-agad nag-workshop kami,” reveals Maymay.
She explains, “Ayaw po namin na kung ano ‘yung pinakita namin before, ‘yun ulit. Parang wala kaming natutunan, hanggang doon lang.” Her leading man agrees, “Parang shino-shortchange namin ‘yung audience. Ayaw namin nun.” Maymay notes, “Kaya ayun, nagsipag kami sa workshop ngayon. One-on-one, group man, lahat.” Edward assures, “It’s gonna start very soon and basta para sa akin, maganda talaga ‘yung kuwento. Walang bias. Maganda ‘yung kuwento dahil rom-com ‘yung serye.”
However, they humbly admit that they are still learning the ropes as actors. “Ayaw kong mag-expect talaga ‘yung mga tao. Ayaw kong mag-expect sila na magiging maganda ‘yung resulta pero shinu-sure namin na ginawa namin ‘yung makakaya namin para mas maging mahusay kami, mas maging maganda ‘yung resulta, mas maging masaya,” says Maymay. Edward concisely guarantees, “We can’t promise 100 percent perfect. We can promise 100 percent effort.”
They are also eager to apply the lessons they have gained from working on Wansapanatym: Ikaw ang Ghosto Ko which aired weekly from July to September this year. “Tapos hindi lang sa trabaho ‘yung natutunan ko pati rin sa mga payo nina Direk Jerry Lopez Sineneng at Direk Piem Acero kasi sila ‘yung nagbigay ng lakas ng loob sa akin na dapat ang isipin ko daw hindi na magaling ako, kung hindi gawin ko nang mabuti ‘yung scene na ‘yun.”
Since Honey My Love So Sweet is still in the works, MayWard fans can first look forward to seeing their idols in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Fantastica. They will be joining the ensemble cast bannered by Vice Ganda together with Dingdong Dantes, Richard Gutierrez, Jaclyn Jose, Bela Padilla, Ryan Bang, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Kisses Delavin, and Donny Pangilinan. “Ay, sobrang light. Sobrang nakakatawa, laging nakakatawa. Tapos kahit pagod ka na, alas kwatro na ng umaga tapos nagpapatawa na sina Ms. Vice,” shares Maymay.
Edward quips, “Si Maymay laging nag-fa-fangirl kay Richard and Dingdong!” Maymay, quickly reacts, “‘Di naman, nakakahanga lang, ano ka ba? Kasi siyempre nakakahanga andiyan na sa harapan mo ‘yung mga iniidolo mo, buang! Tapos ang babait nila.” Edward reminds her right away, “Ang tawag diyan fangirling.”
Fantastica is the third big screen project of MayWard. Their debut film was Loving in Tandem (2017) where they were the lead stars and were joined by fellow housemates Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo. Then they were supporting actors to Kim Chiu and Ryan Bang in Da One That Ghost Away (2018). For Fantastica, they had to undergo martial arts training. “May mga scenes na fighting so I don’t wanna give it up because ang ganda talaga ng mga eksena. How we meet is very exciting, too,” shares Edward.
Aside from training, they also had to work on their comedic chops. Maymay cites the importance of timing in doing comedy. Edward adds, “One of the preparations is just to be open kasi laging nagbabago ‘yung script. Pagdating nila sa set, on the spot that’s when they’ll make the jokes. ‘Yung mga punch line, ad lib talaga lahat. So dapat hindi ka masyadong may tunnel vision kasi, you’ll get stuck on that idea tapos mawawala ka.”
Two years may be just a short span but in showbiz, but that already spells a long period of time for budding celebrities to make their mark and prove their worth. In those two years, the 21-year-old Maymay and 18-year-old Edward have not just fulfilled so many dreams, they have also built on their partnership and friendship.
“Personally, I don’t believe in love at first sight. My grandparents told me before, love is not found, it’s developed which I believe in as well. So, in a relationship whether it be a friend or anything, you have to develop a history. And I can say Maymay and I have gone through so much together from PBB to the death of our grandparents,” declares Edward.
“Everything, we’ve gone through so much together from happy moments to bad moments. We’ve gone through a lot and we’ve gone through it together. So we have a history and we have a base, a background together. So that’s something I’ll always be so proud of, even if for example we’re in a look test with the biggest, most veteran actors in the world, I would never be ashamed because I know I have that chemistry with May and I have that relationship with her.”
They have helped each other especially whenever they felt overwhelmed by their showbiz commitments. “Minsan kasi nag-wo-worry kami eh. Alam mo ‘yung bigla-bigla,” discloses Maymay. “It’s not just the pressure from other people, it’s the pressure we put on ourselves. And then we start to panic a little bit,” notes Edward.
“Sinasabi namin sa isa’t isa, kapag may down sa atin, dapat may up. Kasi naranasan namin na down kami, nag-away kami nang walang rason,” recalls Maymay. This made them realize, “Hindi tayo dapat dalawang down. May isang support dapat. Tapos pag na-u-up ko na siya, ako naman ang down. Salitan lang.” Edward agrees, “And it’s also your job not to stay down diba kasi if someone tries to bring you up, don’t fight it. Let yourself be brought up.”
It is apparent that Maymay and Edward’s partnership is not just for the screen. The young stars have found a genuine friend in each other. They are even vocal about wanting to remain true to themselves and to each other. “We always get reprimanded by each other,” divulges Edward, pertaining to how they always remind each other to be as truthful as how they were when they started out in the biz.
Edward points out, “I feel you should never have to change your personality, your anything. The way you act, never change it because first of all, you’ll get caught and then you’ll be called fake. And then you’ll be stuck because who you really are will be considered fake. So just be real from the beginning. And if it gets you somewhere, it gets you somewhere. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. But what we’re really both happy about is that we never tried to lie about who we are.”
Maymay echoes him, “Mas maganda na mas marami kang na-inspire kasi nagpapakatotoo ka sa sarili mo tapos ‘yun ‘yung maganda doon kasi sa pagpapakatotoo namin sa isa’t isa, marami palang na-i-inspire. So hindi mo kailangang magpaka-peke, hindi mo kailangang magpakitang-tao para magustuhan ka ng tao kasi nasa kanila ‘yun kung gusto ka o hindi. Kaya ang sarap sa feeling na totoo kami tapos naniniwala sila sa amin. Mas worth it.”
As they continue with their showbiz journey, the two celebrities vow to be there for each other. Maymay tells Edward, “Siguro kasi alam na niya ito eh. Sabi ko andito lang ako para sa iyo. Hindi ako mawawala. Suportahan kita.”
She goes on to say, “Ang maipapangako ko sa kaniya kahit na sa industriya man tayo o kahit wala na sa showbiz, kung paano kita trinato since the beginning, ‘yun pa rin.”
Edward, meanwhile, promises Maymay: “I always say this all the time. Next time we have an interview here, I will say the same thing. I will do my best forever until the end of time, to protect you from the things that I don’t like and the things that you don’t like.” Maymay asks, “Even the vampires?” Edward answers her promptly, “Even the vampires, I will bite them.”
Turning serious, Edward addresses his leading lady with a sense of calmness and determination: “No, I don’t mind, really, if it gets me in more trouble, if it means protecting you. I don’t mind if people think ‘Ay mayabang ‘yun, arogante na ‘yan.’ I will speak my mind if it’s to protect you.”