'Paano ba 'to?' Maja admits English lines are not her strength

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Posted at Feb 05 2018 05:43 PM

"Black is out. Gold is in. Just like gold, I am indestructible." This line, among several others of Maja Salvador in "Wildflower," will be remembered by viewers long after the primetime hit's conclusion, going by its viral reception after it aired in October.

But the scene, where pyrotechnics heralded Lily's (Salvador) grand entrance down a stairway, is memorable for the 29-year-old actress for another reason.

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In her interview on "Gandang Gabi Vice" aired Sunday, Salvador said she is aware that delivering English lines is not her strength, because, "'Di ba sa totoong buhay hindi naman ako mapag-Ingles?"

Asked by host Vice Ganda how she managed to come up with a convincing performance, Salvador answered: "Siyempre hindi nga si Maja Salvador 'yun, si Lily Cruz, so kailangan ko mapaniwala ang mga tao na CEO talaga ako at Inglesera kahit papaano."

"Hindi ko malilimutan! October 4 'yon, October 5 birthday ko," she added, referring to the filming of the "I am indestructible" scene. "Sabi ko, 'Birthday na birthday ko, English ang ipapa-linya sa akin?' At hindi lang 'I am indestructible' 'yun, ha. Sabi ko, 'Paano ko ba hahati-hatiin 'to?' Buong araw, 'Black is out, gold is in!'"

Salvador, who is approaching her 15th year in showbiz, said that while she finds having to deliver English lines challenging, she sees this as an opportunity to keep learning as an actress.

 

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"'Pag may nakita na akong English 'yung linya ko, 24 hours ko 'yon pinag-aaralan. Tapos 'yung diction ko, pagdating sa set, 'Ate Aiko, paano ba 'to? Tito Pip?'" she said, referring to her "Wildflower" co-stars Aiko Melendez and Tirso Cruz III, both screen veterans.

"Kasi 'di ba, 'pag may English na mga eksena, mag-abang ka na sa Twitter, kasi lahat perfect," Salvador added, in jest, referring to critics of her diction. "Kahit na may mga gano'n, OK din kasi siyempre, gusto mo matuto rin talaga, at gusto mo bigyan ng tamang pronunciation 'yung mga [lines]."

Melendez, who was being interviewed alongside Salvador on "Gandang Gabi Vice," attested to the younger actress' dedication to improving her craft.

"One thing nice about her: She knows 'yung mga weaknesses niya, pero 'yung weaknesses niyang 'yon, gusto niya gawing strength some day," Melendez said.

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