McCoy de Leon recalls being an extra in first TV show with Janella Salvador 

by Rachelle Siazon
Nov 20, 2019
PHOTO/S: James Patrick Anarcon / Screengrab from Be Careful With My Heart

McCoy de Leon said working with Janella Salvador in the movie The Heiress made him feel nostalgic about how he started in showbiz.

He used to be an extra cast member in the defunct ABS-CBN daytime series Be Careful With My Heart where Janella played the daughter of Ser Chief (Richard Yap) and one of the alagas of Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria).

In the series, McCoy and Janella's first scene together was when they were cast as Florante and Laura for a school play.

"Feeling ko bumabalik kami sa pagkabata. Eighteen or seventeen kami nun.

"Nung time na yun extra lang po ako. Talent lang po ako.

"Hanggang sa Be Careful, napansin ng director, okay naman daw, binigyan ako ng role. Dun na ako nag-start," McCoy fondly recalled.

He was initially cast as a school bully until he later became the third wheel to the love team of Janella and Marlo Mortel in the daytime series.

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Janella was only 14 or 15 years old at the time.

McCoy added, "Kaya si Janella very memorable sa akin kasi first onscreen partner ko siya."

The two of them also worked together for a one-time episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2015.

MORE MATURE AS ACTORS

It took four years before they got back to being an onscreen couple for the horror movie The Heiress.

At the presscon of the movie last November 14, McCoy and Janella spoke of their smooth-sailing working relationship on the set.

What have they discovered about each other this time around?

McCoy answered, "Matakaw pala si Janella. Yun kasi yung pinaka-bonding namin. Sa pagkain kami nagkakasundo talaga. Si Janella gutom na 'yan kapag break time na."

He also took note of how Janella takes her craft seriously.

"Pero sa seryosong part, ganun pa din siya. Siya yung actress na extreme. Kapag may ginawa siya todo talaga.

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"Tulad sa Be Careful, girly siya dun. Dito naman probinsiyana talaga, as in ginawa niya yung character niya, pinag-aralan talaga niya.

"Yun gusto ko sa kanya, hardworking sa ganung bagay."

Janella, for her part, noticed that McCoy has really grown up as an actor.

"Actually, nakakatuwa kasi sa Be Careful nakita ko kung gaano siya ka uncomfortable sa harapan ng camera.

"Talagang hindi niya masabi lines niya. Nahihiya talaga siya.

"Pero ngayon mas comfortable na siya. Nag-grow na siya into the man that he is now."

LESSONS FROM DISSOLVED LOVE TEAMS

Both of them also came from love teams that eventually broke apart.

Janella was previously paired with Elmo Magalona, while McCoy used to be partnered with Elisse Joson.

"I have no problem with love teams kasi it really helps lalo na with some people na sobrang yung partnership nila nakakatulong talaga.

"Pero since nanggaling na ako sa love team dati, ngayon parang ayoko na maulit yun. Parang nali-limit kasi kapag isa lang palagi katrabaho mo.

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"Gusto ko maka-work yung iba-ibang actors para mag-grow din ako as an actress. Parang mas marami kang pwedeng gawin in terms of your craft."

Like Janella, McCoy maintained that he has no regrets about his dissolved love team with Elisse.

"Mas eager ako matuto kasi may ibang taong nakakaharap ko na ibang klase makitungo sa akin.

"Kaya mas lumawak din yung kung paano umacting, at the same time kung paano makitungo sa ibang tao.

"Kasi sobrang dali kapag ka-love team mo kasi kilala mo na siya.

"Kapag hindi mo kilala partner mo, dun ka nagiging gusto pang alamin kung paano siya umatake."

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PHOTO/S: James Patrick Anarcon / Screengrab from Be Careful With My Heart
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