Gela Atayde on getting along with Maine Mendoza, being ‘Dance Princess’
Gela Atayde is all praises for sister-in-law, Maine Mendoza who she described as “kalog,” or spirited, like herself.
At the sidelines of a press conference arranged by Star Magic for Atayde, the daughter of veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez and businessman Art Atayde opened up about her relationship with the wife of her brother, Quezon City Rep. Arjo Atayde.
“Pareho kami ni Ate Maine, parehong kalog!” Gela told reporters. “Yung dynamic talaga niya with my family, especially with my dad, ganu’n na talaga.”
Maine and Arjo wed last July 28 in a grand private wedding in Baguio City. They recently just got back from their trip to Europe.
On the other hand, Gela has just got back from World Hiphop Dance Championship in Phoenix, Arizona where last August 6 she won a title together with the dance group, Legit Status, beating 54 other participants starting from the preliminary up to the final stage.
Now, Gela is on a mission to bring her passion for dancing with acting, after she was launched as the newest Star Magic talent, wherein her first project would be the ABS-CBN series “Senior High,” which will have her acting alongside her mother Sylvia, and Andrea Brillantes, and Kyle Echarri.
The 21-year-old also said that she really likes to be recognized as a dancer and be able to hone her acting career at the same time.
“I think after this, one of the big reasons why I really wanted to enter also showbiz was to introduce dance. I guess as a dancer, I realized that it is not as appreciated as we hope it really all we wanted to be,” she said.
“So I guess for me since I was given the opportunity to do it, I want to explore and show everyone what actually dance is all about — not just the hiphop but maybe exploring other styles so that it can be talked about more often,” she further said.
When asked what she thought about being called the “Dance Princess,” Gela said her main goal is to be able to make at least a movie or a series about dancing or anything related to dance.
The young star also said that she is not afraid to be compared with anyone in the industry because she is confident of her talent and stock to make it in the industry.
“I think there will be circumstances that we will be compared and I’m not scared because I will deliver. I want to think I am lucky because I have dance that set me apart with my siblings and mom. No pressure from them. I think I don’t have anything to prove,” Gela added.
The third year AB Communication Arts student from De La Salle University is also very thankful to the support of her family, relatives, friends, and the Legit Status in her new career path as an actress and at the same time a world champion dancer. EDV