McCoy de Leon on first kontrabida role: "Hindi ko mabitawan."

IMAGE Noel Orsal / Screengrab from The Good Son (inset)

From being the "Cheerful Son," McCoy de Leon's character Obet has transformed into a kontrabida in the ABS-CBN prime-time series The Good Son. The actor admitted to PEP.ph that he still finds it hard to detach from the role after each take.



For the first time, Hashtags member McCoy de Leon plays a kontrabida in the ABS-CBN prime-time series The Good Son.

The kontrabida tendencies of his character Obet served as a twist since he was known as "The Cheerful Son" among the four sons introduced on the show that started airing in September 2017.

The three other sons are played by Jerome Ponce, Nash Aguas, and Joshua Garcia.

McCoy admitted that he was surprised when his cheerful character transformed into a man full of hatred.

He said, "Opo, to be honest, nagulat ako.

"Pero recently ko lang naintindihan bakit naging cheerful ako noong una. Nadugtong ko na bakit ako yung naging cheerful noong una. Kasi si Enzo [Jerome] yung talagang palaging galit doon.

"Pero yung akin, iba yung akin, yung pagiging cheerful, yun yung [naging] atake [ng character] ko, yun yung naging challenge sa akin.

"Recently ko lang nalaman na kaya pala cheerful ako noon kasi meron pala akong kadugtong, meron sa akin na konektado. Kumbaga hindi ko alam kung cover up ko lang yun."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters spoke to McCoy during the finale media conference of The Good Son held on March 19 at Tivoli Royale Clubhouse, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

The 23-year-old actor-dancer embraced the opportunity to play a complex character for the first time.

"Sa akin, sobrang opportunity yun para sa akin. Hindi ko alam kung paano nila ipinagkatiwala sa akin yun kasi habang tumatagal, bumibigat ng bumibigat sa akin yung character, lumalalim ng lumalalim.

"Makikita nila ngayon, galit, tapos next week mas galit pa pala, ano pa yung ibibigay kong galit?

"Kaya kailangan matuto kung ano yung ibibigay ko, kung paano siya magalit. Tapos yun, parang matuto lang ng matuto, di ko alam kung hanggang saan yung mapakita."

DETACHMENT FROM OBET. McCoy revealed that playing Obet entails a lot of challenges, especially since he hasn't learned yet how to let go of his character after taping.

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He admitted, "Sa akin po, mahirap. Challenge sa akin kasi after ng taping, hindi ko mabitawan. Nandun pa din.

"Parang ang hirap na hindi mo mauuwi, nagse-stay pa sa akin, ganun."

It even came to a point when McCoy apologized to his mother because he cannot detach from his character.

"Minsan, nasa-sacrifice ko yung bonding ko sa family ko, pero naintindihan naman ng family ko.

"[Sabi ko], 'Sorry, mommy.' Kasi mamaya, masungitan ko sila, ayoko ng ganun.

"Sinasanay ko yung sarili ko, yun yung challenge sa akin. Kaya sabi ko kay mommy after ng show, 'Mommy, aalis tayo, bonding tayo agad, dun tayo sa bahay, araw araw tayo.'"

As of now, McCoy is still in the learning stage of dropping his character after taping.

He explained, "Yun yung pinagaaralan ko.

"Nahihiya nga ako, yung mga katrabaho ko, PA [personal assistant] ko, after ng taping, 'Sorry, ha. Kasi ang bigat lang talaga ng eksena, e.'

"Pero unti-unti naman, sabi ko kay mommy, 'Hayaan mo, kapag natuto ako at nasanay na ako, hindi na mangyayari.'

"At least sa susunod, kaya ko na paglaruan, kaya ko na i-practice."

The Good Son is set to end its run soon on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. However, it has yet to announce its finale date.


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