Ask any girl out there who her celebrity crush is and chances are at least one would answer "Coco Martin."
Even female celebrities cannot deny their admiration for the Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin star.
Take for example Star Power grand winner Angeline Quinto who recently admitted to the press that Coco is her idol. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) recently caught up with the award-winning actor and asked how he feels about his current heartthrob status.
"Siyempre nakakatuwa," Coco humbly replied.
ON ANGELINE. We told Coco about Angeline and her public admission that she idolizes him.
He immediately smiled and said, "Si Angeline, actually, nung isang araw nga, ilang beses ko napapanood sa Cinema One yung interview niya kung paano siya nag-start.
"Sabi ko, nakakatuwa kasi meron kaming mga similarity nung nag-uumpisa kami."
Angeline started out as a contestant in the ABS-CBN singing competition Star Power.
But even before that, she had already joined other singing contests, including Star For A Night aired on IBC-13. The show is, of course, famous for launching the career of its grand winner Sarah Geronimo.
Coco, on the other hand, made an attempt to enter mainstream showbiz by joining Star Circle Batch 9 where he was launched alongside Heart Evangelista and Rafael Rosell, among others.
But Coco found his niche in independent cinema and from there, he was recognized as an impeccable actor.
He slowly found his way into mainstream television until he landed a villain role in the Kim Chiu-Gerald Anderson starrer Tayong Dalawa in 2009, which led to more major TV roles including his current twin characters Alexander and Javier in Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.
He continued sharing what other similarities he sees between him and Angeline: "Nakikita ko mahiyain kagaya ko, na feeling mo, kahit nandito ka na [sa showbiz], hindi ka pa belong.
"Kasi parang ako, kahit sabihin na mas nauna ko sa kanya, hanggang ngayon pag may nakikita ako na malaking artista, nahihiya pa rin ako.
"Hindi ko pa rin maramdaman na, ’Uy, artista na ’ko!’
"Basta gano’n, nakita ko na may similarity kami."
Coco admitted that he also admires the young singer.
"Para sa ’kin, natutuwa kasi ako sa gano’ng attitude, e, na alam ko na itong mga taong ito, ito yung kahit anong mangyari, nakaapak pa rin at marunong kumilala.
"Which is, sabi ko, basehan ko [rin] yung sarili ko."
Coco also added that he would like to be given a chance to work with Angeline in the future.
"Sana makagawa kami ng pelikula kahit indie or what, or kahit isang MMK (Maalaala Mo Kaya) lang.
"Nilu-look forward ko ding makatrabaho siya," he said.
MOVIE WITH JUDY ANN. Aside from Angeline Quinto, Coco is also looking forward to work with another Kapamilya star, Judy Ann Santos.
It has been previously reported that Coco will be the leading man in Judy Ann’s comeback movie. (CLICK HERE to see related article.)
The Judy Ann-Coco movie, with a tentative title Love Will Lead You Back, was intended to be part of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.
However, it was not included in the final lineup of films to be showcased in the festival.
Coco admitted he was saddened when he found out that they will no longer be part of this year’s MMFF.
He said, "Sayang, first time ko sana ito for MMFF. Pero, okay lang din naman.
"Basta ang importante sa ’kin, matuloy yung pelikula kasi sobra akong naglu-look forward na makasama si Ms. Judy Ann Santos.
"Kumbaga, nilu-look forward ko talagang makatrabaho yung mga gano’n kagagaling na artista [dahil] alam kong professional sila."