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Kokoy de Santos shares why he is not afraid to be typecast in gay roles

‘Oh, Mando!’ star Kokoy De Santos stars in the new BL digital series from Dreamscape Entertainment and Found films.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/06/2020 09:50 AM
Kokoy de Santos shares why he is not afraid to be typecast in gay roles
Photo Credit: @kkydsnts Instagram

After doing the successful BL series on YouTube called GameBoys earlier this year, Kokoy de Santos was excited to share another LGBTQ role which he actually filmed even before the pandemic started.

“Mas nauna ito kesa dun sa pinalabas ko before. Ibang iba yung character ko dito. Gustong gusto ko siya kasi si Mando ibang iba ito. Bago sa akin ito. May nagagawa na akong roles before na LGBTQ related pero ibang iba rin ito. Malayong malayo sa dating nagawa ko.

“Nung mga panahon na ginagawa ko yung mga ganung proyekto eh talagang ako na sana someday mabigyan ako ng ganitong klaseng proyekto na napapanuod ko lang madalas sa pelikula, sa teleserye, sa mga ganyang rom-com. At mabigyan ako ng ganung klase na may twist pa eh. Bakit hindi natin ito subukan at nung nagawa naman sobrang satisfying siya for me as an actor na makatrabaho itong mga ito sa ganitong klaseng proyekto para mas mapadali at mas naging suave lang,” he shared during the Oh, Mando! mediacon last November 4. 


WATCH: Teaser for BL series starring Kokoy de Santos, Alex Diaz released

The 22-year-old actor plays the role of Mando, a guy torn between his relationship with his girlfriend (Barbie Imperial) and his school boy crush Barry (Alex Diaz).

“Simple lang naman bakit ko ito tinanggap, napakaganda nung script and yung director natin ay si direk Eduardo Roy, napakagaling na director po talaga nito. At tingin ko ay bago ito sa atin at Dreamscape ABS-CBN ito. Sobrang ni-lu-look forward ko na itong Oh, Mando! noon pa matapos na natin para mapanuod na ng maraming Pilipino,” he says. 

Having proven his talent in acting with a diverse number of roles in TV and movies, Kokoy said he is not worried about being typecast in gay roles after being part of Boys Love series like GameBoys and Oh, Mando!.

“I think wala namang masama na ma-typecast sa ganitong klaseng mga roles and tingin ko kasi itong mga character na ito, representation ito ng mga totoong tao. So tingin ko kung na-typecast ka sa ganitong klase, baka may something sa yo na puwedeng magaling ka or para sa iyo. So for me, satisfied na ako dun.

“At saka yung pag-arte talaga sa akin is iba, ibang iba yung character na ginagampanan ko kasi feeling ko talagang ibang tao at sana lang nabibigyan ko ng hustisya lagi yung mga ginagawa kong proyekto, yung mga ginagampanan kong roles,” he explained.

Watch the original Dreamscape Entertainment and Found films BL series Oh, Mando! on iWant TFC. Oh, Mando! also stars Alex Diaz and Barbie Imperial, and directed by Eduardo Roy.