Maine Mendoza has won over another fan, this time, in the person of Coco Martin, who himself has proven his staying power--if his box office hits and teleserye ratings are to be the basis.
Coco is currently filming Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles, which also features Maine and Vic Sotto. This is their entry to the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival.
“Si Maine… parang hindi namin first time magkatrabaho. Family,” said Coco in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
“Napa-kasimple niyang tao. Alam ko kung bakit siya mahal na mahal ng mga tao, ng mga fans niya, dahil napakatotoo niya, napakasimple. Walang pretensions, hindi siya nag-pe-pretend. Wala siyang kaarte-arte.”
He also talked about the experience of working with both Maine and Bossing Vic for the first time. “Napakabait nila, napakasarap kasama. Natutuwa ako, kasi winelcome nila ako,” he said.
Coco plays a policeman as the lead in the ABS-CBN prime-time series Ang Probinsyano. In this MMFF 2018 entry The Puliscredibles, he also plays a man in the police force.
He found Maine willing to learn, seeing as it is her first role in an action movie.
“Ang sarap makasama nitong tao na ‘to, kasi first time niyong magka-work, pero alam mo yung… Siguro dahil mas nauna ako sa kanya, yung trust… ‘Pag sa action, hindi nga maiilang na turuan siya, i-guide siya, kasi siya mismo… Thankful. Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na alam mong naa-appreciate niya yung ginagawa mo para sa kanya.”
Coco brushed aside talk of rivalry between his mother studio ABS-CBN and rival station GMA-7 where Maine and Vic belong to.
“Wala namang kumpetisyon. Tanggalin na natin sa isip ‘yan,” he said.
“Dapat both parties, lahat ng gumagawa ng pelikula, nagtutulung-tulong para pasayahin lahat ng tao sa Pasko.”
Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles will be shown in cinemas nationwide beginning December 25, 2018.