After 8 months of defending mankind from the fictional aswang-infested world of Juan Dela Cruz, actor Coco Martin is just about ready to put down his iron cross, more popularly called the mighty “Bakal na Krus.”
All adventures come to an end at some point and Coco is certain that his eponymous character has served its purpose.
“Either bata yan or sa lahat ng manonood, alam kong nakapagbigay kami ng magandang kuwento, ng makabuluhang istoriya, at nakapagbigay kami ng inspirasyon sa bawat mga Pilipino,” said the 31-year-old actor in a blog conference last Thursday, October 3.
The ABS-CBN fantaserye that first aired in February this year is down to its three weeks. Juan Dela Cruz—which also stars Erich Gonzales, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Albert Martinez, Gina Pareño, Eddie Garcia, and Joel Torre—will air its finale episode on October 25, 2013.
FAMILY TIME. With the show wrapping up, Coco looks forward to a breather, hopefully a one-week break which he wishes to spend at home with his family.
At the blog conference, the actor admitted to almost being an absentee family member: “Talagang umuuwi ako at umaalis na hindi kami nagkikita-kita.”
If granted a one-week break, Coco told that he would be nowhere else but home.
“Gusto ko dun sa bahay, e. Kasi para at least maramdaman ko na buo ako.
“This time, yung walang makaka-istorbo sa inyo.
“Kasi gusto ko pagbigyan naman ang sarili ko sa pagkakataong ito na magkaro’n ng time para sa sarili ko.
“Wala akong naiisip na gusto kong gawin, na gusto kong puntahan, or kahit mag-abroad or what.
“Sabi ko gusto ko lang magkaro’n ng time para sa family ko at magkaro’n din ng time sa bahay para maayos ko yung mga dapat kong ayusin.”
The downside to being a TV actor, said Coco, is that his hectic taping schedule leaves him with zero time for himself.
“Sa trabaho po naman bilang artista, katulad nung ginagawa naming soap ngayon, honestly, napapabayaan namin yung personal naming buhay.
“Ganung kabigat yung trabahong pinasok namin.
“Pero, sabi ko nga, never ko pinagsisihan.”
Coco said he never regretted the path he took and that he has long accepted the shortcomings of his job.
“Alam kong kasama yun sa trabahong ito.
“Basta ang importante, sa bawat soap opera na ginagawa ko, alam kong napapasaya ko yung mga manonood,” he firmly added.
HORROR FLICK WITH KRIS AQUINO. Coco, who forayed in the entertainment circuit as an independent film actor, has more than exhibited his formidable talent in drama. The actor was first noticed in the indie films Masahista, Serbis, and Kinatay prior to being given his breakthrough mainstream projects by the Kapamilya network.
The actor, however, has yet to try a hand at horror. This he sees himself doing next.
“Kung gagawa akong mainstream movie, gusto ko gumawa ng isang horror movie.”
Coco is sure that comedy will never be his forte.
He said, amused at himself, “I’m sure comedy hindi talaga, e. Hindi ko alam kung kaya ko magpatawa.
“Siguro, pitik-pitik, mga maliliit na ano. Pero kung tatanungin ako kung ano yung gusto ko talaga… drama at may konting action!”
He even stressed, “Yun yung nararamdaman ko na do’n ako masaya kahit na wala akong ginawa—[lalo na] pag soap opera—kung hindi umiyak nang umiyak.
“Pero yun yung paraan ko para makipag-communicate, para makapag-bigay ng magandang mensahe sa ating mga manonood.”
When asked to name whom he would he want to do a horror flick with, Coco immediately answered, “Kung mabibigyan ako ng pagkakataon, gusto ko makasama si Ms. Kris Aquino.”
Meanwhile, working with Marian Rivera and his personal idol, Piolo Pascual, would also be a dream come true for the actor.
“Sana magkaro’n ng opportunity na makapagtrabaho kami.
“Ako rin naman, e. Nilu-look forward ko yung makipagtrabaho sa maraming artista.
“Kasi ako bilang artista, may ini-idolo rin ako, e.”
Although he has become one of the most popular actors in the country, Coco said he still feels like any other fan boy when among the likes of Marian and Piolo.
“Alam mo yung pagiging fans? Hindi nawawala.
“So, sana mabigyan ako ng oportunidad [na makatrabaho sila].”