The transition from being a normal civilian to a full-fledged celebrity is always understandably tough, but perhaps nobody has handled it with quite as much humor and grace as Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber.
The newbies, who are products of the reality show "Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7", have had an incredible start. Last year they starred in their first movie together "Loving in Tandem", scored gigs in the hit television series "La Luna Sangre", and even landed various magazine covers. With so much success so quickly, it would be understandable for things to get a little out of control. A smattering of bad press, hints of an "after fame" persona, etc, etc.
But we've seen none of that from MayWard.
Instead, we have witnessed Maymay meet every celebrity she's ever idolized with as much fangirl enthusiasm as she would have before the spotlight found her. We see her use "ma'am/sir" in that adorable way she does, without fail, kahit sikat na. We've seen Edward own up to mistakes we didn't even know about. We see the both of them admitting to the press, again and again, that they are trusting their superiors to lead their careers to the right path.
We see genuine humility and simplicity, and truthfully, it's inspiring.
MayWard is also devoted to their fans as if they still can't believe they have them. Every opportunity, every new project, they treat as life-changing because for them, it really is. No airs, just pure enthusiasm.
And this feet-on-the-ground behavior tells us one thing: it's a brave new world. Our idols aren't so unattainable anymore. With the power of social media, and with stars like MayWard who make it their business to be as humble as possible, it's easy to see that they're just like us. Human, vulnerable, simple people. And that makes us love them even more.