Coco Martin confessed that his schedule is so busy these days that he hardly gets enough time to rest. However, the very in-demand actor has no complaints because the opportunities he is now enjoying is something that he prayed for for a very long time. This is the reason that he chooses to make the most out of it, despite the hectic schedule.
Coco top-bills the fantaserye Juan dela Cruz, which will premiere February 4, airing after TV Patrol. Though he admitted that he feels pressured to make the series do well, he is confident that he and the rest of the team will deliver a good show because he believes in the people behind the teleserye.
At the recent press conference for Juan dela Cruz, a reporter asked Coco if he experienced having bad moods while he was on the set. Candidly, the actor replied, “Opo kasi sabi ko nga sobrang taas ng respeto ko sa trabaho ko, and then siyempre, ako, bilang artista, hindi lang naman ako dumarating sa set para umarte. Kumbaga bilang artista may mga requirement din ako sa sarili ko… kung ano ang hinahanap ko sa isang trabaho. Minsan pag hindi ko nami-meet ‘yung expectations ko, siyempre minsan nalulungkot ka, nagagalit ka bilang tao.”
Coco added that one of the reasons that his current TV project is a little bit of a challenge to him is because he did not have enough time to train and work out for his role, which is physically demanding. Furthermore, Coco said that his hectic schedule sometimes takes its toll on his health. “Medyo naaapektuhan ang health ko kasi nasasagad po siguro ako sa pagod,” he shared.
Coco has come a long way from his indie roots and is now considered as a Prince of Teleserye. The actor reaffirmed that his attitude towards work has remained the same. “Ganun pa rin ako hanggang ngayon… ‘Yung behavior, ‘yung pagtrato ko sa trabaho, ‘yun ang nadala ko habang gumagawa ako ng mga teleserye o mga mainstream movies,” he explained.
“Siguro isa ‘yon sa mga factors kaya nagustuhan ako ng mga katrabaho ko, ‘yung mga producers, ‘yung mga director. Tapos ngayon sabi ko nga, nagkakataon lang na nagkakaipit-ipit ang schedule ko dahil nagsasapaw ang pelikula ko at soap opera.”
Coco’s leading lady in Juan dela Cruz is Erich Gonzales, whom the actor sent feelers to when they first worked together in the 2010 indie movie ‘Noy. However, their friendship didn’t blossom into something romantic because as Erich reasoned that her priority as well as Coco’s are their respective careers.
Coco said that his leading lady’s non-showbiz boyfriend has no reason to be jealous of him. “Sabi ko nga past na ‘yon. Ginagawa na lang naming biruan. Sobrang taas ng respeto ko sa kapwa ko kaya walang dapat ipangamba.”
When asked how he sees Erich now, Coco replied, “Isang kaibigan at isang katrabaho at inspirasyon para mas mapaganda ang partnership namin.”