New challenges, a new journey, and perhaps a reinvention–these are things that heartthrob Mccoy de Leon needs to face as he leaves Star Magic and join Viva Artists Agency. And he’s all ready and excited!
McCoy De Leon is a 25-year-old actor who appeared regularly in noontime show It’s Showtime. He first introduced himself to the public as Iñigo Cabanatan in the popular daytime rom-com series, “Be careful with my heart” way back in the year 2012. He also became a member of the boy group #Hashtags in 2015. Then later he bagged a recurring role in the country’s no. 1 primetime series “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”
The #Hashtags member also appeared in several independent and mainstream movies, including “Instalado” (2017) where he won Best New Movie Actor of the Year in the 34th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, “Ang Panday” (2017), “Sin Island” (2018), “Sakaling Maging Tayo” (2019) and “G!” (2019) where he was nominated for Best Actor in the 3rd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Awarding ceremony. He last appeared in the 2020 hit zombie film “Block Z” alongside Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia.
During the virtual press conference hosted by Viva on Friday, August 29, McCoy shared that with the help of his classmates he enrolled in an online class to continue his studies.
“Iba pa rin ang nakatapos,” he quipped. “Pero kasi may ginagawa rin akong teleserye sa Dreamscape ‘yung “Burado” po nandun din ako at narealize ko ‘yun specifically after kong magbasa ng script sabi ko ‘ano gagawin ko? Aantayin ko na lang ba ‘yung taping?’ kumbaga wala naman akong ginagawa, gusto kong gawing ‘worth it’ ‘yung time, sabi ko kung kaya ko naman makapag-online class, nag-enroll ako. Actually yung mga batchmates ko graduate na e. Nakaka-proud sila kaya sabi ko sana ako rin maka-graduate din ako. So ‘yun, wala naman akong ginagawa, kesa naman maglarolaro ako ng games ‘yun ang narealize ko.”
He also emphasized that he wants to make the most of his idle time during quarantine. But now that he has work, he said he will try to do both.
“‘Pag gusto may paraan,” he said. “Commitment e, Siguro mababawasan ‘yung units na makukuha ko, siguro masasabi ko hanggang ngayong pandemic ma-assure ko kasi online e. Kapag meron pong face to face na class, kung kaya bahala na si God kung ano mangyari basta nandun yung heart ko pa rin na makatapos at magkaroon ng degree.”
It can’t be denied that McCoy’s popularity skyrocketed after he entered Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition where he developed chemistry with fellow housemate Elisse Joson, who eventually became his love team partner. The team-up, known for the moniker “McClisse,” became one of the country’s hottest love teams. They even won the “Most Promising Loveteam” recognition at the 2017 Box Office Entertainment Awards.
Now that he’s with Viva, is he expecting a new onscreen partner or does he want to be known as a solo artist this time?
“Actually di ko po naisip ‘yun, na meron akong mapipili. Sabi ko naman gusto ko maging actor at ‘pag actor ka di ka naman dapat mamili kung ano ang ibigay sa ‘yo dapat ‘yun ang pagtrabahuhan mo. Wala rin kasi akong mabanggit na gusto ko maging ka-loveteam so ‘yun lang po ang masasabi ko,” he said.
If you’re offered to do a boys love (BL) series, are you ready for such a role?
“Nauso nga po ano lalo na ngayon. Actually dati pa, meron na ring nag-offer sa akin during quarantine. Sa akin di ko pa po maisip e. Sa ngayon di pa po siguro. Pero siguro in time. Kung gagawin ko man ‘yun, gusto ko ‘yung ramdam ko, ‘yung magustuhan ko at walang limitations kung sakali kasi masisira ang istorya at ‘yung flow ng pelikula kung sakaling merong ganun. Pero in time ‘yun, di pa siguro ngayon,” he said.
Two weeks ago, McCoy started his very own YouTube channel. What can his followers expect on his vlog in the coming weeks?
“Ano lang ‘yun, katuwaan lang. Actually nakita naman sa vlog, actually hindi naman siya vlog e. During quarantine na walang magawa sabi ko gusto ko rin i-pursue in time, in the future, gusto ko rin maging director e. Gusto ko makagawa rin ng pelikula behind the camera. E meron naman akong abilidad kahit papaano if ever na gumawa ng pelikula na kahit papaano short film kaya naisip ko ‘wag na lang mag-vlog kasi hindi ako sanay na naka-ganun kausapin ‘yung sarili. Mas gusto ko ‘yung behind the camera ‘yung meron akong subject. Tapos naisip ko, ano nga ba ako? Ano ba, saan ba ako nanggaling. So sila yung naging subject ko hanggang nakabuo na ko,” he said.