Rocco Nacino is one of the rising talents being groomed by GMA Artist Center to become one of the Kapuso Network’s top leading men, the next Dingdong Dantes or Richard Gutierrez, if you must. And yet, he already won three awards, two of them are for his impressive performance as a straight-acting gay in the award-winning Cinemalaya movie “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.”
This year, Nacino has portrayed another gay role on the big screen and a “louder” kind at that. Titled “I Love U, Pare Ko”, the indie film bents on the commercial territory. But unlike in “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” where Rocco’s character as a gay man was only suggestive or implied, Nacino’s role as Sam in “I Luv U, Pare Ko” comes out as gay after being closeted for a time being while he’s hiding his romantic affection to his bestfriend Carlo, played by Kapatid hunk Rodjun Cruz. Needless to say, the Kapuso actor nailed his role once again.
Check out the trailer of the said movie here:
Directed by Neal Tan, “I Love U, Pare Ko!” is slated to hit theaters on February 2013.
During a pocket presscon held at the GMA Center on November 19, Rocco told the entertainment press that he would like take a break from playing gay roles on TV or movie. Although it won for him his first acting award, Rocco wants to tackle action on his next project.
“Kung gagawa ang GMA Films ng isang big time action movie at makakasama ako, talagang pagbubutihin ko kasi yun ang gusto ko talaga na mga role.” Rocco said.
And yes, his next movie will be produced by GMA Films. He’s glad that finally, he has another big screen project with his mother studio after working with Indie producers for the movies like “Bi-ag ni Lam Ang,” “Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi” and the two gay-themed movies mentioned above. Rocco added that doing these indie films contributed a lot on his growth as an actor.
This is perhaps the reason why GMA Network entrusted him lead roles in the teleserye “Koreana” and “The Good Daughter.” And even on GMA News specials, Rocco was chosen to play characters that all Filipinos look up to: as Jose Rizal in “PLUMA: Rizal, Ang Dakilang Manunulat” and recently as Pedro Calungsod where he portrayed the life of the 2nd Filipino Saint.
And now, the former Starstruck finalist is being noted for his convincing portrayal of the rich-good boy leading man figure in the much-talked about soap “Yesterday’s Bride”. The afternoon series reunites Rocco with Lovi Poe, his leading lady in last year’s mini-series titled “Mistaken Identity.”
Rocco’s chemistry with Lovi in “Yesterday’s Bride” is getting noticed by the viewers brought about by the impressive ratings garnered by the show since it debuted last October 29. Their acting naturally melts into each other, providing this latest drama series a strong footing which is maximizing its potential.
Directed by Gil Tejada, Jr., “Yesterday’s Bride” airs on GMA-7 every Monday to Friday after Eat Bulaga!