After the demise of his reel-and-real McLisse loveteam with Elisse Joson, young looker McCoy de Leon is resurrected as a freelance actor who’s ready to tackle any role and with any co-star, big or not.
But the universe seems to have a grand plan for him.
After bagging a role alongside the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano in Regal Films’s horror flick The Heiress late last year, McCoy is now in the middle of promoting another Regal offering, D’Ninang, this time with Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas.
“Ay ang saya po, ngayon si Ms. Ai Ai [delas Alas] naman,” McCoy enthuses. “Kumbaga big star, tapos big star na naman! Ang sarap ng ganitong blessings from the Lord.”
As for ka-loveteam, in this movie at least, he’s paired with the charming Kisses Delavin, who coincidentally, is also rising from the ashes of the DonKiss tandem with Donny Pangilinan. McCoy says one of the major reasons why he accepted his role in the comedy film D’Ninang is because of Kisses.
“The main reason why um-oo po ako agad...kasi matagal na kami magkakilala ni Kisses, e. Magkaibigan na po kami noon pa," explains McCoy referring to the closeness they developed from their stint as housemates inside Bahay ni Kuya during the Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition some four years ago.
On the set, he says this closeness made their already fun work every lighter and easier. “Confident kami kasi sa isa't-isa. Hindi na nagka-kapaan. Guided kami ni Direk G.B. [Sampedro]. So, pag atake namin ni Kisses sa eksena namin, parang tineyk naming natural talaga po mga roles namin.”
But he is quick to add that, “pero dapat may mapakitang kilig pakonti-konti.”
He says Kisses and him thoroughly discussed how they’re going to make the “kilig” happen.
“Para walang ilangan sa ’min sabi ko kay Kisses, ‘O, ayan ha walang tawagan ng kuya-kuya ha,” laughs McCoy. “Inuulit ko sa kanya ’yon kasi para mas kapani-paniwala ang tandem namin.”
And if the movie’s main star is to be their judge, they have succeeded in their efforts.
"Bagay sila tingnan kase,” Ai-Ai told us in a separate interview.
“Tapos ’yong pagkakaiba ng roles nila, mga characters nila, ma-intriga tingnan ’yon, e.”
(McCoy plays the streetsmart and upfront Kali; while Kisses portrays Mikhai, the poised long-lost daughter of Ai-Ai’s petty thief character.)
But McCoy says his tandem with Kisses may just be a one-shot deal, which he doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he likes being a “freelancer” more. He says being so is not as limiting compared to having a loveteam partner.
“Ganito po sa tingin ko ’yong maganda para sa’kin bilang aktor, e,” the It’s Showtime Hashtag member muses. “After ng loveteam...masaya ang may loveteam siyempre, pero ngayon masarap ’yong may didiskartehan kang ipakilala mo sarili mong role.
“Sa case po namin ni Kisses, na-excite kami ni Kisses para sa aming dalawa, e. Parang kumbaga, alam na namin kung paano namin ta-tratuhin ’yong roles namin pag take na. Kaya ang saya ang ganda po ng naging resulta ng mga eksena namin!”