“I started as a commercial model, and then jumped into ramp [modelling], and then showbiz,” said Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala star Joseph Marco when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked him to walk us through his journey to showbiz.
The 25-year-old actor described his adjustments from modeling to acting, “At first it’s really tough. You really have to adjust.
“Parang ang laki ng adjustments na ginawa ko and it’s not really easy.”
Like any other celebrity, Joseph is also conscious about his actions because he knows that as a public figure, you have to be a good example.
He said that being an artista takes a lot of effort compared to modeling, “Like, it takes so much effort kasi before, when I was a model, siyempre lahat ng ginagawa ko okay lang.
“But iba kasi kapag artista ka na, e. It’s like you’re protecting an image kasi basically ano ka, para kang public property.
“So, one wrong move, puwedeng makasira sa career mo, puwedeng matapos yung career mo.
“So that’s why they pay us that much, for us to influence people and para maging good example sa mga tao.”
Joseph considers 2013 a good year for him because of the projects and recognition he has been receiving.
He was recently hailed as one of YES! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Sars under the "Hotness" category.
“I can say that 2013 is such a good year to me because of my project with Ms. Judy Ann Santos.
"It’s such a big break and it’s also a wonderful opportunity na, yun nga, makasama ako dun sa mga big stars ngayon,” says Joseph.
After three years in showbiz, Joseph has now been getting good remarks about his acting, which he is thankful for.
“It feels good kasi yun nga since kaka-three years ko lang sa ABS-CBN, and parang each year nakikita ko talaga yung improvement, and yung nga inaantay ko rin ‘yon, and lahat naman ng artista inaantay yung ma-recognize sila, and nakakatuwa na nare-recognize nila ako.
“But for me, I am just doing my very best and hindi naman ako nahihirapan nang sobra kasi parang naging passion ko na rin ‘to, e.
"So, happy ako sa ginagawa ko. Parang hindi naman siya todo effort, but I really give my best sa lahat ng opportunities na dumarating.”
Unlike other stars, Joseph finds taping days as a better venue to hone his acting skills than doing workshops.
“Workshops? Not anymore,” he said when asked if he still attends workshops.
He explained, “More on experience, like, sa mga tapings kasi feeling ko yung taping mas makakatulong siya more than workshop.
“I think workshop is for the basic one. Although at times kailangan mo rin mag-workshop, but for me yun talaga yung good experience.”
Do his co-actors in Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala give him tips?
“Well, nakikinig ako sa mga sinasabi nila. Minsan ino-observe ko lang sila.
"For me, I think yun yung best teachings na kung paano sila gumalaw o paano nila gagawin yung eksena dun ko na lang tinitignan.”
Has it always been his dream to be an actor?
“Di ko pinangarap o ginustong mag-artista, talagang dumating lang sa akin.
"Well, first love ko before is basketball talaga, and then yun, tapos bigla na lang ako napunta dito.”
Prior to the interview, while Joseph was waiting at the poolside of Maxims Hotel, he was seen playing his guitar and singing.
Does he have any plans of pursuing a career in music?
Joseph revealed that he is currently working on an acoustic album with covers of his favorite songs.
“Actually, I am doing an album. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a singer, I just sing... I love to sing and play the guitar.
Apart from acting and singing, Joseph is also known for his hot body. How does he keep himself fit?
Joseph who goes to the gym twice a week and does 250 push-ups and crunches every night believes that more than workout, you have to have a balanced diet, “Ano talaga diet more than work out.”
“I eat, like, healthy food most of the time and I allow myself to have one cheat meal a day.
“Kasi yung ibang tao they believe na dapat may cheat day ka. Ngayon, yung cheat day na yun talagang kakainin mo lahat, but yun nga, parang masasayang lang yung lahat ng pinaghirapan mo for a week kasi nga nag-baboy ka.
“Ako, ang ginagawa ko, since ang appetite ko, yung pinakamalakas ko na appetite is sa gabi, so I indulge myself pag gabi.
“And then yung next meal ko parang mas healthy, like fruits, ganun, parang bina-balance ko lang siya, so parang I don’t gain that much weight.”