What used to be unthinkable, even to Maine Mendoza, finally happened on Monday with the airing of her first-ever interview with Kapamilya host Boy Abunda.
Mendoza, who is identified with ABS-CBN rival network GMA-7, appeared on the late-night talk alongside her “Isa Pa with Feelings” co-star Carlo Aquino, ahead of the film’s October 16 release.
“Surreal!” Mendoza tweeted hours before the interview aired. “Never thought I’d have the opportunity to be here — EVER! Achievement unlocked ma-experience ang fast talk ni Tito Boy.”
It was the result of many circumstances aligning for the 24-year-old actress, starting in 2015. That was the year Mendoza rose to fame when her viral Dubsmash videos led to a hosting stint on “Eat Bulaga,” aired on GMA-7.
Prior to that, Mendoza had intended to join the ABS-CBN reality show “Pinoy Big Brother.” Mendoza auditioned, it was belatedly revealed in 2018, but did not clinch a slot as a housemate.
Being identified with GMA-7 would have narrowed the chances of Mendoza sitting opposite Abunda in a televised interview, but then “Isa Pa with Feelings” came along.
Dubbed the “King of Talk” known for his daring and personal questions, Abunda did not spare Mendoza from topics including her relationship with actor Arjo Atayde.
Mendoza credited Atayde as a big part of her happiness, and later replied in the affirmative when asked whether how she would respond to the actor proposing “on the last night of the world.”
She also identified Atayde as the most handsome when asked to pick among him, Aquino, and her onscreen partner Alden Richards.
The “Fast Talk” segment, as expected, included the notorious question of choosing between sex or chocolates. Watch Mendoza’s response below: