Is Coco Martin planning to court Julia Montes?

Coco Martin says he is not in a rush to get a love life.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

4/1/2011 8:14 AM
Is Coco Martin planning to court Julia Montes?


040111-coco_main.jpgCoco Martin once again bagged a Best Actor trophy for his performance in the movie Noy, this time from the 13th PASADO (Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro) Awards which was held last March 30. Just two weeks ago, he was also named Best Actor for his performance for Noy by the 9th Gawad Tanglaw Awards. With these awards plus his currently top-rating teleserye Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, the 29-year-old Kapampangan is said to be one of the most acclaimed young actors of his generation.

In an interview with Push.com.ph, Coco shared what he considers his inspiration for being on top of his game. “Inspirasyon ko ‘yung pinanggalingan ko. Nagsimula ako sa wala. Nagtrabaho pa ako abroad, janitor, para sa family ko. Kapag nanggaling ka sa baba, mangangarap ka na sana may mangyari sa buhay. Ngayon nagiging maganda ang takbo ng career ko kaya iniingatan ko at pinapahalagahan ko kasi alam ko na mahirap bago makuha ito. Inspirasyon sa akin ‘yung pamilya ko, mga nakakatrabaho ko, mga nanonood sa akin. Bawat artista kasi may responsibilidad sa audience. Dapat magpakita ka ng tama.

Before getting his break imainstream TV and movies, Coco started out in independent films, most of them tackling sensitive subjects. He admitted that back then, he felt the public was not getting the message of his movies. “’Yung mga pelikula ko dati, minsan hindi naiintindihan ng iba. Pero kaya nandito ako ngayon kasi alam ko may mga taong alam ‘yung tunay na mensahe ng mga pelikulang ‘yun.

Now that he’s achieving critical acclaim and financial security, how is he doing in his love life? He said that right now he is not stressing himself out about finding a girlfriend. “Para sa akin ‘yun na ang pinakamadaling pasukin. Dati nga ang iniintindi ko puro puso, pag-ibig. Pero habang nagma-mature ka naiintindihan mo ‘yung buhay na, anytime na gusto mo nang mag-settle down, isang pitik lang ‘yan. Pero gusto ko munang ayusin ‘yung buhay ko para kapag pinasok ko ‘yun handa na talaga ako. Kapag pinasok mo kasi ‘yun na hindi ka seryoso, paano ‘yung magiging pamilya mo?

Talking about his love life, Coco was surprised when he was asked if he is courting Mara Clara star Julia Montes. “Hindi po totoo ‘yan! Sobra pa niyang bata. Napakaganda naman niya talaga. Magaling pang artista.”

Coco said he has known Julia even before her current Mara Clara success of which he could only be proud of. “Dati ko pa siya kilala, 12 o 13 years old pa lang yata siya nun. That time nakita ko nang may potential siya maging magaling na aktres. Ngayon nakikita ko siya sa Mara Clara, maraming pumupuri sa kanya, proud ako sa tagumpay niya. Nakaka-proud na kilala ko siya.

Coco begged reporters not to put any malice on his friendship with Julia, knowing how young she is. “Hindi pa kami nabibigyan ng chance na magkita uli. Hindi namin alam ang number ng isa’t isa. Bata pa siya. Tingnan natin kapag siguro 18 na siya. Bata pa. Baka makulong ako, ha ha ha!