Neil Coleta admits he has learned a lot from Coco Martin

Neil Coleta talks about his friendship with 'Juan Dela Cruz' lead star Coco Martin.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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3/23/2013 8:58 PM
Neil Coleta admits he has learned a lot from Coco Martin


032413-neil_main.jpgPopularly known for his role as Asiong, Coco Martin’s best friend in the popular Primetime Bida series Juan Dela Cruz, Neil Coleta admitted he has been learning a lot from his co-star, from acting to investment advice. “Yung mga payo naman sa akin ni kuya Coco tungkol sa trabaho ko, kumbaga dahil dun, mas gusto kong ibigay pa lalo. Ang dami kong natututunan sa kanya. Siyempre alam naman natin na Coco Martin is Coco Martin yan eh, makatrabaho mo lang yan, isang karangalan na makasama mo siya sa isang trabaho. Hindi lang siya okay sa trabaho, the best din siyang kaibigan,” he said.

Neil, who is also the first celebrity endorser of local fastfood chain Chic-boy said he appreciates that Coco treats him like family already. “Para ko na siyang kuya, sa taping lagi niyang sinasabi at pinapaalala sa amin yung character namin, kung paano yung pag-atake namin sa eksena. Siya yung nagbabato sa akin ng comedy, halos lahat ng eksena dun adlib na lang minsan eh (laughs). Nagiging natural. Yung tawa namin dun natural na kasi para sa amin, kumportable na kami makatrabaho ang isa’t isa. Nung una siyempre natatakot ako kasi si Coco Martin na yun eh pero habang tumagal naman, dahil nga sobrang winelcome niya ako dito, kumbaga parang, ‘Kapatid ka, huwag mong isipin na trabaho ito ganun. Kumbaga, ibigay mo lang.’ Tapos ayun natutuwa naman ako na marami naman akong naririnig kay kuya at sa mga boss na maganda daw yung tandem namin, ganyan ganyan,” he admitted.

The commercial model-turned-actor said he takes whatever advice he gets from Coco very seriously because he really wants to become a good actor. “Mga 17 years old pa lang ako nagtrabaho na ako, kumbaga nanggaling din ako as extra. Gaya ng sabi ni kuya Coco, ‘Kahit mababang role yan, kahit utility crew, dapat pantay-pantay yung pakikisama mo kasi nanggaling ka din diyan.’ Kagaya namin ni Coco, nanggaling kami sa extra at hindi namin expected na darating kami sa ganito. So nagsimula ako sa extra sa commercial,” he shared.

Neil recently won the New Movie Actor award at the PMPC Star Awards which Coco was happy to hear. “Ngayon, lagi nila akong linoloko sa Juan Dela Cruz lalo na si kuya Coco (laughs). Nahihiya ako na natatawa rin kasi lagi niyang sinasabi na, ‘Oh kailangan natin i-close-up si ‘bes’’ kasi ‘bes’ ang tawagan namin ni Coco,” he said.

Even after winning his first acting award, Neil admitted that he can’t help but still get star struck by some celebrities in the Kapamilya network. “Oo naman, lalo na pag nasa ASAP, iniisip ko, ‘Uy ito yung crush ko pa dati ah (laughs).’ Noon pinapanuod ko lang sa shows pero ngayon kasama ko na, mga ganun,” he said. Now, Neil is slowly getting the hang of being a celebrity himself. “Iniisip ko na lang pare-pareho lang naman kami na kumbaga—hindi naman para lumaki ulo ko—pero kumbaga pare-parehas lang kaming mga taong nagtratrabaho, ganun,” he admitted.

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