Maxene Magalona Moves Out Of Her Dad's Shadow

She moves on from doing cutesy roles (and being just Francis M.'s daughter) to becoming a serious actress.
maxexclusivemain.jpgFor the longest time, Maxene Magalona was known for her teen-friendly gigs--and being the daughter of the late Francis Magalona. But with her recent crop of drama shows for GMA-7--from Kamandag with Richard Gutierrez to the latest Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin, where she plays the lead no less--Maxene is starting to establish herself as a serious actress willing to take on the challenges of the craft.

Cosmo saw a fun, fearless female in pretty Maxene when the team sat down with the young actress and learned more about her future plans.

You're still completing your studies at the Ateneo. How do you balance school and showbiz?
I'm working on my thesis. I'll be graduating in October, finally after six years! I was able to work my way through it because of the schedule, and Ateneo understands that I have my work.

Was it difficult to shift from sitcoms to drama shows?
I'm thankful GMA gives me these heavy drama shows kasi gusto ko rin talagang i-prove [ang] worth [ko] as a dramatic actress. Not everyone can cry on cue, make people feel na parang naaawa sila sa 'yo--'yun kasi laging role ko, laging inaapi. But my dream role is a bida/kontrabida, 'yung mean siya pero she has a reason. Kontrabidang may pinaghuhugutan kung bakit sya masama, a very complex role.

Will you ever go sexy?
For me, more mature doesn't mean showing skin. Even when my dad was still alive, he said my lola (Tita Duran) didn't have to do that, she did her own thing without having to bare her skin. I don't want to go sexy, but I'd like to take on more challenging roles, something I'd know how to handle.

How do you plan to take on your Dad's legacy?
Anything na i-offer sa akin na advocacy, 'yun 'yung mga favorite ko, like Ako Mismo, which encourages everyone to take a stand, to not be apathetic. I want to use my being a celebrity in a positive way kasi alam ko naman meron akong influence, in some way, so gusto kong gamitin 'yung pagiging role model ko after someone told me kids look up to me. Kami ng mom ko, my family, tumutulong sa Red Cross. Anything that has to do with the Philippines, culture, 'yung tinuturo ni Papa palagi as long as we learn to love our country, our nationality, makakatayo tayo.

Do you plan to pursue a musical career?
I sing here and there, mall shows, I appear in SOP, but nothing really...the difference with me and my dad, siya talagang magaling magsulat ng kanta. Marunong ako ng rap, nakuha ko 'yon sa kanya--but I can't write lyrics. Sa aming magkakapatid, hindi ako 'yung pinaka-musically-inclined. Mahilig lang akong magpa-cute (laughs). Marunong akong mag-rap but I don't want to do it in public.

How do you relax?
I...shop. I shop, I shop, I shop!

What kind of music do you listen to?
Hiphop and R&B. 'Tsaka 'yung mga senti songs, you know 'pag Sunday night, when you turn on the radio, all these romantic love songs na may pagka-R&B, may pagka-hiphop, pero slow jam, 'yan ang favorite ko. It gets me in the mood na parang, laid-back, relaxed na talaga...masayang pakinggan, 'tsaka hopeless romantic ako, e. 'Pag lyrics na very sweet, gusto kong pakinggan.

Tell us something very surprising about yourself.
You won't believe that I am...jologs. Kasi, my role in Da De Di Do Du [was] maarte, sosyal, very kikay. But people don't know I'm a very simple person, I don't like wearing makeup, I don't dress up all the time, I dress down, very kalog ako, I'm a comedian at heart talaga. I just love to laugh. Kaya sa mga eksena ko sa drama shows...I really have a hard time crying, because I'm a very cheerful person.

Watch our video interview here.
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