Marco Gallo of Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 will soon be part of an upcoming ABS-CBN teleserye.
The 18-year-old actor is set to play an annoying Italian in Pamilya Ko, which will be airing this September 2019.
JM de Guzman, and Arci Muñoz lead the cast of this teleserye formerly known as Project Kapalaran. It also stars Sylvia Sanchez and Joey Marquez.
During the July 2019 trade launch, Marco Gallo was not yet on board. He has since shot some of his scenes and is waiting for script rewrites as well.
He says about his character, "Galing ako Italy, pangalan ko dito Stefano. Yung ka-love team ko doon si Kira Balinger. Magkaaway kami doon pagkatapos, kinukulit ko siya hanggang sa mas naging malalim yung pagiging pagkaibigan namin."
Marco last worked with Kira Balinger in her debut film, where she played Marco's sibling in 2019's Familia Blondina.
Marco continues, "I am really annoying, an Italian annoying guy, kasi, di ba, every Italian is annoying. I am pissing off every time si Kira, siya ang iba sa ibang students, hanggang sa, sa una hindi, pero made-develop siya..."
The half-Italian, half-Pinoy who grew up in Milan, Italy says he is continually working on his Filipino language skills even though he plays an Italian in his new teleserye.
He explains, "Ang tina-try ko sa totoo lang, laging makinig sa mga rap na songs ni Gloc-9, ganyan. Sabi kasi nila, pag nasanay ka doon at sasabayan mo, lalong bibilis yung Tagalog mo, yan inexercise ko lagi. Ako kasi madali akong maka-catch up sa isang lingwahe, pero madali din mawala."
In July 2018, Marco temporarily cut short his ahowbiz career and left the Philippines. He returned to the country in January 2019.
Now that he is more serious about pursuing an acting career, we asked Marco if he has kuyas or mentors he can learn from in the industry to help him in his path.
He quickly responds, "In the industry lately, kasi we have the same manager, si Kuya Gerald [Anderson]. I have been looking up to him kasi he has been so nice to me. I never thought he would care, but he actually does."
How does Marco feel that a Gerald Anderson cares?
"Every time na nasa gym kami, he always asks me how am I doing, what I have been up to, I don't know why, but he does care and I really like that."
Marco goes to the gym owned by Gerald, The Th3rd Floor, a fitness center opened last March 2019.
Marco says that he is inspired by Gerald because, "Kahit ang dami niyang narating, very down to earth siya. Kapag nagkita kami, not just me, he wants to know, everybody in the gym, kahit bago niyang kakilala, he is super nice, yun ang parang way niya."
Did Marco ask how Gerald is doing amidst all the controversies?
Marco answers candidly, "No, no, ako naman kasi from what happened and I've read, everybody has judged him bad. My point is, I don't want to judge anyone if I know just one part of the story.
"Everyone has a reason why they do things. Sa totoo lang, sa tingin ko naman, and I know him, and for sure, hindi naman pwede siya lang ang lahat may mali diba. Feeling ko, lahat naman nagkakamali sa relationship, hindi isa lang diba, pwede naman. There are gonna be causes of actions kaya feeling ko, hindi rin tama na ipag-judge natin yung choices nila, kasi hindi natin alam kung ano ang pinanggalingan noon."
Being very straightforward, Marco also observes boundaries of friendship, "At sa akin, hayaan na, hindi na muna, hayaan na talaga, kasi ako, feeling ko, ako, di talaga ako tsismoso, buhay nila yun, e, kung gusto nila ilabas yun, e, di sige.
"Hindi kasi ako ang klase ng tao na, kapag nilapitan ako, may problema ka, sige. I am here but I am not gonne be the first guy that is gonna come up to you and ask, hey what is up with this story? Do you need help, ganyan. Kasi what I hate the most is when people take confidence that you are not giving... parang yo, we're friends but I am not telling you to, ganoon pagkatao ko."