Loco over CocoBy Dolly Anne Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Coco Martin has come a long, hard way. He’s no overnight sensation. The multi-awarded actor worked his way up. His road to success had many detours and no shortcuts. This shows in the depth of Coco’s acting and in his passion for his craft. Fame has finally given Coco the fate he deserves because he always gave it his all.
For all those going loco over Coco, here are some things you’ve always wanted to know about him but were too mesmerized to ask.
What’s the best and the hardest thing about fame?
I enjoy the support I am getting and the good life I can now give my family. But it’s tough that I can’t spend as much time with them due to my work load.
Which trial made you strive the hardest?
When I was an OFW in Canada, I was very lonely and homesick; I missed my family. That’s why OFWs are close to my heart. When I perform for them abroad, I always tell them that I understand their plight and that I salute them.
If you were not an actor, what would you be doing for a living?
Most likely I would have finished my HRM course and would be working in a restaurant or a hotel.
Any advice to aspiring actors?
Study well. Love your family and friends. Learn from each success and trial in life because that will make you stronger.
How did you learn to act so well?
My past experiences and the decisions I gambled on honed me as an actor.
How do you keep your feet on the ground?
My lola always reminds me to do that.
What do you miss most about your life before fame?
Do you still have an unfulfilled dream?
Most of my dreams are now coming true. But one dream of mine is to go to Boracay.
What did you learn from the indie scene that you are now putting to good use in your performances in teleseryes and mainstream movies?
I learned the importance of discipline, taking care of myself, dealing with people and taking to heart every character I play.
What’s the secret of your great chemistry with Julia Montes in “Walang Hanggan”? Do you think you could end up together for real?
Julia is a very good actress and very professional. In our scenes, we try to let each other shine—that’s why the result is pleasing to the viewers. We are better off as a love team. It stops there. Julia is still so young, and I am looking after her.
How do you fall in love?
What makes a woman sexy?
What makes you cry?
Anything that concerns my family.
What makes you angry?
When people I work with, my friends and family, are taken advantage of or not treated right.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for love?
Too many to mention.
What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done?
I’d rather not reveal that.
What’s your greatest fear?
That something bad would happen to my family.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
The house I’m having built for my family.
What do you want to change about show biz?
No more mud-slinging and less intrigues.
How would you handle the day when you are no longer famous?
When I retire, I’d like to produce films.
If your life story is made into a movie, what moment in your life would you edit out?
Everything that happened in my life is important. I wouldn’t have anything excluded.
What do people still don’t know about Coco Martin?
That my favorite food is bihod (fish roe). I always request that when I have shows in the province.
How do you want to be remembered?
As a simple person.
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