MANILA - Being rejected twice for being a "bold star" didn't stop Coco Martin on his way to becoming one of the most respected actors in the industry today.
In fact, in an interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Wednesday, the 32-year-old actor shared how those challenges made him vow to better his craft, earning him the tag "King of Drama."
"Actually, dalawang beses ako tinanggihan... May isang soap na nag-inquire sa akin tapos okay na lahat. Tapos tinawagan kami, 'Bold star pala 'yan. Hindi puwede,'" he said.
"Nung naranasan ko 'yun, sumama loob ko. Pag sa abroad kasi ang taas ng tingin sa amin, tapos pagdating dito sa atin, doon pa kami minamaliit," he added.
Early in his career, Martin was known for his daring roles in several acclaimed independent films, including "Masahista" in 2006. Those roles, however, came with the stigma of being labeled a "bold star," Martin recalled.
"Masakit kasi nung nasa indie ako, mataas ang respeto ko sa trabaho ko," he said.
Nevertheless, looking back, he admitted that he is thankful for the rejections. "Actually, 'yun 'yun naging pundasyon ko. Kung ganyan tingin niyo sa akin, papataunayan ko sa inyo," he said.
Martin then went on to star in some of the most memorable TV series of recent years -- "Tayong Dalawa," "Walang Hanggan" and "Juan Dela Cruz."
His upcoming tandem with Kim Chiu in "Ikaw Lamang," which will debut on primetime on March 9, is seen as of one the most highly anticipated drama series this year.
"Sinasamantala ko yung pagkakataon, na makakaipon ako ng makakaipon. Alam ko kasi na darating na mawawala din ako," he said. "Ang tagal kong hinintay to, ngayon pa ba ako magpapakasarap?"