After Maja Salvador played the lead in the afternoon show Nagsimula Sa Puso, many expected her to be given a primetime show. So when her follow-up project Precious Hearts Romances presents Impostor ended in the Kapamilya network’s afternoon line-up, they thought she would be disappointed. However, Maja says she doesn’t feel that way at all.
It’s true that both shows were supposed to be part of ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida block. Maja is quick to add, however, that she’s not in a rush to have a primetime show. “Sa akin, kahit saang time slot ilagay ang show ko, OK lang. Ang importante mailabas. Hindi naman nakakabawas sa isang show kung sa hapon siya ilagay. Ang importante may ginagawa ka at napapanood ka pa rin ng mga tao,” she says.
Maja admits that there was a time she wondered why her shows were always being put in the network’s afternoon line-up, but eventually she realized that didn’t matter. She also says she doesn’t get jealous of the other female Kapamilya stars her age who are getting what some might perceive as better opportunities to shine, like some of her contemporaries. “Opo, nagdaan na rin naman yun sa isip ko, pero hindi ako nagreklamo. Content ako sa kung ano man ang binibigay sa akin. Dapat ganun ang attitude. Tungkol naman sa issue ng inggitan, walang ganun sa amin ng mga kasabayan ko, like sina Kim [Chiu] at Erich [Gonzales]. Kanya-kanya kami. Sa akin, swerte ako dahil may projects ako. Kung wala pa akong primetime show, siguro kasi hindi pa oras na magkaroon ako ng ganun.”
Maja is also grateful for the other opportunities she gets to show off her talents. She loves it when she gets to perform for Kapamilyas abroad. She has a series of shows for The Filipino Channel (TFC) lined up. She loves it whenever she goes abroad to meet the fans that have become known as “globies”—people from different parts of the world who support their favorite ABS-CBN stars despite the distance that separates them. “Maganda ang ginagawa ng TFC kasi hindi lang ako sa Pilipinas nakakapagpasaya ng tao,” she says.
She adds that performing for Kapamilyas abroad feels different, but in a good way. “Iba kasi ang pagkasabik nila sa artista,” she says of the globies. “Dito grabe pero mas grabe sa abroad. Kapag may show kami sa ibang bansa, yung ibang fans nagpapa-block off talaga ng oras para lang makanood. Kaya kapag sumalang na kami doon, siyempre binibigay namin ang best namin para sa kanila.”
Maja says one of the best things about going abroad to meet the globies is the gifts they receive. “Kung magbigay sila ng regalo, parang nag-shopping ka na sa dami,” she laughs.
Maja is set to join the much awaited “TFC Live Down Under” in Sydney and Melbourne in September.