Remember when GMA-7 actor Martin del Rosario was originally a Kapamilya talent?
He started his career in 2008 with ABS-CBN and Star Magic, where he did a couple of supporting roles before getting his big break in showbiz.
The big break happened in 2012, when he was tapped to portray Denise Laurel’s leading man in the afternoon drama series Pintada, which was an installment under the umbrella series Precious Hearts Romances (PHR).
Based on the PHR book Green Meadows by Arielle, Martin played the school’s resident “pasaway,” which changed when he fell in love with his teacher, played by Denise.
As part of his character’s “pasaway” antics, Martin had to do a butt exposure for the show’s pilot episode where he had to run in a field.
This scene was brought up during Martin’s PEP Live guest appearance on November 17, 2020.
Martin then revealed that he actually got injured while taping the scene!
He recalled, “Grabe yung eksenang iyon, doon ako nagkaroon ng injury!
“Kasi, di ba, may eksena doon, parang naka-brief ako na tumatakbo sa football field?
“E, maputik yung football field. So, nag-pop yung knee ko.”
Because of the injury, Martin had to go through anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.
According to Mayo Clinic, ACL reconstruction is a “surgery to replace a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)—a major ligament in the knee.”
ACL injuries, the website adds, commonly happen in sports or activities that involve sudden stops and changes in direction.
Martin said that he won’t forget that incident.
The reason: “First scene iyon, first taping day namin iyon, 'tapos ganoon yung nangyari!”
But despite the injury, Martin pushed through in doing his sequences.
He said, “Inisip ko, malaking break ito for me so kailangan kong ituloy ito kahit masakit.
“So talagang hanggang sa mag-pack up, hindi ako nagreklamo pero sa loob-loob ko, ang sakit na ng tuhod ko.”
It was also in Pintada where Martin had his first kissing scene.
He wishes to be able to work again with Denise, who is still an ABS-CBN talent.
“Gusto ko maka-work ulit si Denise sa totoo lang.
“Siya yung first kissing scene ko ever sa buong career ko and proud din ako sa show na iyon.”
Two years after Pintada, in 2014, Martin decided to transfer to GMA-7, his current home network.
Watch Martin’s full PEPLive interview here: