Known for being quiet about his private life, award-winning actor Coco Martin said that he doesn’t have a single social media account. In a recent interview during the pocket press conference of his upcoming family drama film Padre de Familia, Coco underscored that being socially active online is something that is “hindi siya applicable sa personal kong buhay.”
But he’s not completely averse about the idea of other stars getting personal with random fans online. “Hindi ako against [social media] kasi sabi ko nakakatuwa nga eh. Siyempre kanya-kanyang [idea ‘yan eh] kasi nakakapag-promote ka… Okay ‘yun eh maganda ang naitutulong no’n sa mga artista.”
Personally though, Coco would rather keep his life private, especially when he’s at home which is where he spends time a lot whenever he’s not working. “Kumbaga kunwari nasa bahay ako, nilalaan ko ‘yung time na ‘yun para sa family ko, sa sarili ko, ibo-broadcast ko pa ba sa lahat ng mga tao eh. Personalidad ko na kasi talaga ‘yun eh,” said the Ikaw Lamang actor.
With that, he denied that he’s the person maintaining the Instagram account “yourcocomartin” which now has 109,872 followers and counting. According to him, he doesn’t also maintain a “secret account” and that his phone, as boring as it sounds, is just for receiving and making text messages and calls.
The celebrated Prince of the Philippine Independent Films also doesn’t have a Facebook account. He even quipped, “Hindi nga ako marunong gumawa ng Facebook eh.”
Does he read write-ups or comments about him online? “Hindi rin kasi nga sensitive ako. Kunyari kasi hindi naman lahat ng tao gusto ako eh di ba kapag may nasabi sila sa ‘yo na hindi maganda, sa mga artista kasi ang laking advantage kapag sensitive ka. Siyempre kapag may nagsabi ng di maganda sa ‘yo o hindi nagustuhan ang acting mo masasaktan ka, mag-iiba na’yung diskarte mo,” Coco explained.
According to him, such kind of negative feedback could eventually affect the way you approach a character so much so that “Later on nakadepende na ako sa mga nag-co-comment sa akin.”
While many might misconstrue his reluctance for “instant feedback” as something negative, Coco reasoned that “Kasi sabi ko nga ako ang nagda-drive ng career ko eh kapag sumunod na ako later on, hindi na ako ‘yung driver, passenger na ako.”
So how does he reach out to his fans? “Gusto ko personal eh. Kung sila text text ako gusto ko ‘yung pinapadala ako ng ABS-CBN halimbawa sa ibang probinsiya tapos magsho-show ako doon. Pero ‘yung para lahat ng iniisip ko sabihin ko sa kanila, ayoko,” he ended.