Maine Mendoza became a household name in the Philippines with her character Yaya Dub and her famous loveteam with Pambansang Bae Alden Richards. The loveteam started in the TV phenomena Kalyeserye in Eat Bulaga then they, later on, starred in some movies and TV shows.
There is no denying that GMA made Maine what she is today.
But before the Kapuso glitz and glamour, did you know that Maine tried her luck in the other network?
Direk Lauren Dyogi, who was the former business unit head of Pinoy Big Brother, uploaded a vlog of Maine Mendoza auditioning for PBB:737 just months before she started appearing on Eat Bulaga.
In the video, Maine can be seen dancing with other aspiring housemates, including Zeus Collins of all-male group Hashtags of It’s Showtime.
Obviously, Maine did not make it into the final cut of Pinoy Big Brother and Diren Lauren admitted that he was kind of regretful on not getting her.
However, Direk Lauren said Maine was really destined for stardom with GMA Network.
“Nanghinayang ako kay Maine pero without Alden, we don’t know if Maine will work sa PBB lang. E, nag-work yung Maine and Alden sa Eat Bulaga,” he said.
Maine and Alden’s AlDub became a phenomenon for the split-screen romance element that is unusual for a romantic love story format on television.
Direk Lauren also revealed that Maine was scouted by one of his PBB staff since she was slowly getting famous for her Dubsmash videos.
“Si Maine na-scout ‘yan ni Marcus [PBB staff] kasi sikat na siya sa Dubsmash sa Internet noon. E, hindi pa ako into digital at that time. Hindi pa ako naka-latch on sa strength ng digital noon. Mas feeling ko, dun pa sa pumipila sa cattle call ang panggagalingan ng housemates. Marcus felt Maine would be interesting to be a housemate. So maling call ko yun,” he said.
So does Direk Lauren think that Maine is a great loss for them?
“Yun ang kapalaran niya. Hindi yun kawalan sa amin. Hindi talaga kami ang tamang paraan para sa kasikatan niya. I’m very, very happy for Maine,” Direk Lauren added.
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Do you think it is wise that Direk Lauren didn’t get Maine as a PBB housemate? Can you imagine Maine as a Kapamilya? Tell us in the comments section below!