It is a new adventure for McCoy De Leon.
The 25-year-old actor-dancer has now jump shipped when it comes to talent agencies, moving from Star Magic to the Viva Artists Agency.
“Panibagong adventure at journey,” he says. “Exciting din kasi ’di ko alam anong mangyayari, e. Parang bahala na.”
“Humingi ako ng sign,” he admits when asked how his move to the Viva Artists Agency came about. “Kung makakapag-desisyon ba ako na may panibago bang learnings, journey.”
At first, going back to school at the Mapua University was his first decision, now that the community quarantine in the Philippines has left his showbiz career hanging. It was back in 2012 when he took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the said school but had to stop his studies in his junior year to pursue showbiz.
However, when lots of talent agencies began to contact him, that is when McCoy began to realize that he was being given a rare opportunity.
“Hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganitong opportunity,” he said. “Sign ’to na kaya naman sigurong pagsabayin [with school] ’tsaka panibagong opportunity nga.”
With this new opportunity in tow, McCoy is ready to give his all.
A GOAL-ORIENTED PAST
Before being one of the well-known TV and movie stars he is known today, the Tondo-raised McCoy was a simple kid who loved playing outside.
“Na-experience ko rin kasi maglaro sa kalsada kasi sa Tondo, siyempre, mga [...] baragan talaga kami paglaro,” the actor recalls. “Lalo na sa mga truck [na naka-parada]. Ganoon, ’yong mga simpleng ganoon, naransan ko.”
As the eldest of four children, the role of being the older brother prompted him to have a mature and goal-oriented thinking at such a young age.
“Nasa akin ’yong responsibilidad. Bata pa lang ako, naramdaman ko na ’yon,” he tells pikapika.ph. “The way din akong pinalaki ng parents ko, ganoon kasi.”
With that way of thinking, McCoy entered jobs of being an extra in commercials not because he had dreams of entering showbiz, but to simply have a source of income that can help his parents with his daily allowance for school.
“Income din. S’yempre, pandagdag sa baon,” he says. “Pero, hindi ko naisip na I will give up my school for showbiz. Pero, sabi ko nga, hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganitong s’werte kaya grinab ko na lang din tapos, heto na. Nag-dire-direcho na po.”
SHOWERED WITH BLESSINGS
His job as a commercial extra would soon give him more than his school allowance. When the daytime teleserye Be Careful With My Heart was ruling the ratings game, McCoy was recommended by his friend, singer-actor Marlo Mortel, for a supporting role in the series starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.
The role was of a theater actor and schoolmate who had to act alongside Janella Salvador, who was one of the show’s lead stars.
“Kailangan ng support for Be Careful [With My Heart] sa part ni Janella, for one scene lang ’yon, e,” McCoy recounts. “Ni-reco ako ni Marlo Mortel kung pwede ako... After noong ginawa ko ’yong eksena with Janella, ako tinanong ko sa sarili ko kung heto na ba ’yong start ng showbiz career ko.”
His minor appearance in the series led to bigger breaks, earning him attention when he became a member of the all-male dance group Hashtags from the variety show It’s Showtime, and when he and fellow member Nikko Natividad became 2-in-1 housemates for Pinoy Big Brother (PBB): Lucky 7 in 2016.
More blessings showered McCoy in his PBB exit. He got roles for several episodes of Maalaala Mo Kaya and The Good Son, the latter earning him praise when he gave life to the role of Obet.
He also became part of several films from Star Cinema, Black Sheep, and Regal Entertainment, including Instalado, Ang Panday, The Heiress, D’Ninang, Block Z, and Sakaling Maging Tayo, the latter his first film as a lead star with former love team partner Elisse.
Since 2016, he has portrayed JP in the long-running action-drama FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, where he is the younger brother of Alyana, played by the show’s lead actress Yassi Pressman.
“Nagdire-direcho na ’yong swerte kaya laking pasasalamat talaga,” he says.
However, throughout all these successes in showbiz, McCoy’s most memorable moment is when his career helped secure his family.
“Aminin ko dati, hindi naman kami ’yong sobrang yaman, ’di naman kami ’yong sobrang hirap,” he admits. “Pero alam mo ’yon? Nasa alanganin kami. Nabigyan ko [sila] kahit papaano ng security, ng assurance na sa pamamagitan ng showbiz, nabuhay ko ’yong pamilya ko kahit papaano.”
HIS NEXT MOVE
Now entering his next chapter in life which is being with the Viva Artists Agency, what is McCoy’s first move?
“Binigyan nila ako ng tiwala so babalik ko rin sa kanila ’yon,” he said. “Pagkakatiwalaan ko rin sila kung ano ’yong p’wede nilang mabigay. Kumbaga, kung ano ’yong mangyayari, mangyayari.”
And what’s next for McCoy after all this? The former Kapamilya star says he wants to make more films under the media giant so he can make new learnings from his craft, which is acting.
“I want to make films pa para ma-master ko pa sa craft ko,” he declares. “Maka-acting lang. Masaya lang talaga makagawa ng mga character. Masaya lang ako na meron akong nagawang isang obra para sa akin.”
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