While Coco Martin is without a doubt a brilliant dramatic actor, becoming effective in each role given to him is not everything for him. It is also about creating a healthy working environment with his co-workers for a memorable working experience.
The Kapamilya primetime teleserye star makes it a point to have smooth inter-personal relationships with his co-actors, down to the utility men.
“Bawat soap na ginagawa ko, sinisigurado ko lahat kami tatapusin namin na masaya at para kaming pamilya.”
This was Coco’s answer when he was asked at the press conference of Ikaw Lamang if he is looking forward to becoming closer to KC Concepcion, who is joining Book 2 of the teleserye.
Ikaw Lamang recently started another chapter wherein formidable actors were tapped to portray new characters namely Christopher de Leon, Joel Torre, Amy Austria, Rio Locsin, and Mylene Dizon.
Coco and Kim Chiu, who were among the original cast members, are still part of the new chapter.
WORKING WITH KC. Asked how he feels about working with KC for the first time, Coco admits that it’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness.
“Una, siyempre nae-excite, siyempre KC Concepcion ‘yan,” the actor begins.
“May takot din kasi hindi pa kami ganap na magkakilala. First time lang naming magkakatrabaho.
“Di ko alam kung paano ba siya katrabaho.”
But from their first scene together, Coco already had a glimpse that working with KC will be a breeze.
“Nakaka-surprise lang kasi first time naming magkaeksena kagabi, and then alam mo yung nakikipag-collaborate siya, lumalabas siya sa tent, nakikipagkuwentuhan siya sa amin ng mga directors, nakikipagkwentuhan siya sa mga staff,” Coco describes KC.
“Kumbaga, ipinapakita niya yung interest at dedication sa proyekto.”
He went on to explain that KC makes an effort to adjust to the production team and cast from the first chapter, including Coco, because they are familiar with each other and the workflow.
Coco says he and the rest of the team are more than willing to assist KC in learning the ropes on the set.
“Ine-explain namin sa kanya, ipinapakita namin sa kanya. Tapos ginaga-guide namin siya.
“Nakakatuwa kay KC, di porke’t nanalo na siya ng Best Actress [awards], di porke’t KC Concepcion na siya, willing siyang matuto, willing siyang makinig. Nakakatuwa.”
Coco continues, “Na-excite ako kasi ibang set ng actors ang kasama ko... Sana mapagtagumpayan namin itong present [teleserye].”
Coco was then teased if he feels that there is a possibility that his closeness with KC would eventually become deeper.
“Honestly di ko alam. Tignan natin. Siyempre kahapon first day naming magkasama. Kinikilala ko pa yung tao.
“Nae-excite ako. Napakabait pala niya. Di ko in-expect na ganun pala siya ka-humble.”
KIM IS LIKE A SISTER. Apart from Coco, Kim is also an original cast member of Ikaw Lamang who crossed over to the next chapter. However, Coco and Kim now play different characters.
In the first chapter, Coco portrayed a sakada (plantation worker) named Samuel. In Book 2, he plays Gabriel. On the other hand, Kim portrayed the daughter of a haciendera named Isabelle. This time, she portrays Andrea.
Working together almost every day, Coco said that his closeness with Kim is like that of a sister.
“Every time na may eksena, nagtutulungan kami. Lalo na ngayon iba yung character dito ni Kim and then ganundin ako, light din ang charater ko dito. Ibang dynamics namin ang ipapakita namin dito.”
He proceeds, “Close naman po kami kahit dati pa. Para kaming magkakapatid niyan… sina Gerald [Anderson], Jake [Cuenca] at Kim. Halos sabay-sabay kaming nagsimula sa paggawa ng teleserye.”
Coco was then compared to some of his new co-stars, who are equally award-winning actors, such as Joel Torre and Christopher de Leon.
Coco was then asked, between Joel and Christopher, whose career is he is most likely to follow?
“Honestly, hindi ko pa alam kung saan direksyon pa ako pupunta,” admits Coco.
“Kumbaga, andon pa po ako sa gumagawa pa po ako ng direksyon para sa sarili ko.
“Pero para sa akin po, sina Tito Boyet [Christopher] at Tito Joel ay inspirasyon para po sa akin.
“Lalong-lalo na kapag nakakatrabaho ko yung mga mahuhusay na actor na kagaya nila. Napakarami ko pong natututunan. Discipline sa trabaho, yung dedication nila sa trabaho, siyempre andun na rin po yung maramai akong natututunan sa personal na buhay po.”