Newcomer Rocco Nacino continues to feel star-struck (no pun intended) in the presence of more established stars.
This was particularly true at the launching of Party Pilipinas last March 28 at Studio 7 of the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Rocco confessed being in awe upon seeing most of the network's biggest names during the opening number.
"Natutuwa ako na nakikita ko sila," Rocco told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
He was particularly elated to dance alongside his "idols" Mark Herras and Aljur Abrenica. Rocco mentioned feeling nervous initially but all his reservations faded as the production number went on.
Rocco acknowledged the huge expectations placed on the shoulders of the program's mainstays following the demise of SOP. But the StarStruck Second Prince is optimistic that Party Pilipinas will manage to distance itself from the shadow of its predecessor.
Said Rocco, "No pressure kasi with old veteran artists, new artists, new concepts, and new gimmicks, confident po ako na magugustuhan 'to ng mga tao."
Still fresh from the recently concluded season of StarStruck, Rocco continues to adjust to the sudden change of routine and lifestyle.
"I don't have much time for myself anymore dahil sa taping," Rocco confided. "Grabe, ganito pala buhay ng artista... Dapat talaga mahalin mo ang trabaho mo."
Not that the Baguio-born newbie is complaining. "Pero sobrang nae-enjoy ko po 'yong time ko ngayon dito though nakakapanibago nga."
Life has never been the same after StarStruck. Rocco's Holy Week plans aren't like before.
"Stay at home to rest," he admitted. "Dati po 'yong family ko nagpupunta kami sa lugar na hindi pa namin napupuntahan. Pero ngayon po, baka pahinga muna kasi pagod talaga sa trabaho."
In a message on his Facebook account yesterday, April 1, Rocco said he was in a private resort with his family.