ABS-CBN hunk Joseph Marco just signed a four-picture contract with Star Cinema as part of a multi-contract deal. This includes the youth-oriented movie Talk Back and You’re Dead co-starring Nadine Lustre and James Reid.
“I’m just really thankful na nabigyan ako ng ganitong chance because it’s one of my dreams to sign a contract with Star Cinema,” said the 25-year-old actor.
Fans of the movie will be excited to know that the sequel, Never Talk Back to a Gangster, will be filmed for release next year. “I’m really looking forward to that and I’m so excited!” Joseph said.
He confessed that he has a dream role. “I have this dream project, something similar to Walking Dead, because I’ve been a fan of that. Parang sobrang astig lang na mga survivors kayo tapos papatayin ninyo yung mga zombies. I think that’s going to be a really cool movie.
Joseph could not help but muse: “I think this is my year,”after members of the press ticked off his successful projects, including TV series Pure Love and being chosen as one of the 69 Cosmo Bachelors as well as being part of the Bench Underwear show.
“Bongga pa yung ka-date ko sa Star Magic Ball,” he adds, referring to his leading lady Alex Gonzaga.
HE FINDS ALEX GONZAGA “CUTE.” Joseph is currently working with Alex Gonzaga for the Filipino adaptation of the Koreanovela Pure Love.
“Medyo na-challenge talaga ako kay Alex,” Joseph recounts, giddy as he talks about how he first went through his manager and then his handler, trying to find a way to ask the young singer and actress to be his date for the illustrious event. Finally, he summoned enough courage to send her a message. “Nilakasan ko na lang talaga yung loob ko, tinext ko si Alex. Sabi niya nung una, parang ayaw niya na may kasama. I’m so thankful that she reconsidered, she said yes.”
But this yes was communicated through a common friend. “Nung nagkita kami, kinonfirm naman niya na magkasama kaming [pupunta sa Star Magic Ball].”
“Hindi ko alam, pero nahihiya ako [kay Alex],” Joseph admits.“Little by little, nagiging comfortable na ako sa kanya. Sa Pure Love, bihira yung scenes namin together. Ngayon, nakaka-bonding ko siya sa set and, little by little, nagiging close naman kami.”
When asked what he finds endearing about Alex, he was forthcoming. “I guess natutuwa ako sa kanya and I find her cute. Nung una, hindi ako interesado kay Alex but little by little, she grows on you. I am amazed that she is very true to herself.”
ON BEING A COSMO CENTERFOLD. This is not the first time that Joseph was chosen as one of the 69 Bachelors of Cosmopolitan Magazine. But he confessed that he was not in his best physical shape when he did the pictorial as part of the 10 Cosmo Centerfolds. “That was in the heels of Pure Love and Talk Back and You’re Dead.”
He was at ease though, during the steamy shoot. “I think it’s fun, it’s something that I haven’t done. And yung theme na Fifty Shades of Grey, parang in na in siya ngayon. Sobrang naging exciting lang yung ginawa namin.”
When asked if he thinks he will stand out among the nine other centerfolds, he says: “I think lahat kami, since we’re all centerfolds, I think we’re all going to stand out.
He promises that for the Cosmo Bachelor Bash, he will be in even better shape. “I’m gonna prepare after Star Magic Ball,” he assures.
All this talk of showing skin led us to ask up to what extend he would be willing to shed his clothes for a role onscreen. “If it’s not super daring, why not? Even sa Pure Love, nagta-topless ako. As long as may sense yung gagawin naming eksena. Hindi yung just for the sake of [getting naked].”
Joseph trusts his home network and management to look out for him. “Kailangan nilang malaman muna para i-approve nila. They care about their talents. If they will allow, why not? Kung kailangan naman sa storya.”