As their love team continues to soar with non-stop projects, McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson share that their partnership has progressed into a deeper one
It’s the final stretch of 2017, yet McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson are not slowing down anytime soon. In this year alone, the McLisse tandem has made its mark on television, the silver screen, and even in the music scene. The pair has also been visible in advertising and print media. They are ending the year on a high note as part of the ensemble cast of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Ang Panday. Indeed, it has been a fruitful year for the promising tandem.
“One of the general things I’m thankful for ay ‘yung sunud-sunod na unexpected things we got to do katulad nung album. I didn’t expect that we’ll be able to do an album and hold a mini-concert,” Elisse shares with Inside Showbiz Weekly. The sold-out grand launch of the McLisse album was held on November 26 at the SM North EDSA Skydome. Their carrier single If We Fall in Love has topped the iTunes Philippines chart.
“Tapos dagdag pa ‘yung The Good Son sa primetime,” she adds, referring to the soap opera where she portrays the role of Sabina and McCoy plays the part of Obet. Of course, they are beyond grateful for their inclusion in Ang Panday. “Sobrang suwerte na mapabilang kami doon,” says McCoy. The MMFF entry marks the big screen debut of the McLisse love team.
Ang Panday was a reunion of sorts for McLisse and Coco Martin as they have acted alongside each other in the primetime smash hit FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. This time, they do not just have Coco as a lead actor but also as someone calling the shots behind the camera. “Si Kuya Coco ay masasabi na hindi baguhan na direktor. Akala mo hindi niya first time gawin iyun kasi sa kung paano nya kami i-handle at ‘yung mga iba pang artista. Meron kaming script, pero minsan dinadagdagan niya o kaya binabawasan niya kung ano ‘yung tingin niyang akma o sasakto sa characters namin. Sobrang specific nya sa detalye,” shares McCoy.
“Kapag nasa set na siya, seryoso na siya. Focused. ‘Di mo siya makikilala as Coco. Makikilala mo siya as Flavio at as a director. Siya ‘yung director na old school. Gusto niya ng mga impromptu na linya and acting,” he adds. Flavio, the lead character of the movie, has a friend in McCoy’s role of Caloy. Elisse plays Flavio’s younger sister Wena.
Elisse agrees with her love team partner. “Si Kuya Coco, even though it’s his first time directing, dito sa Panday makikita talaga kung gaano sya ka-professional. He really knows what he’s doing. Also, sobrang siyang hands-on sa ginagawa niya. Very dedicated siya sa work.”
They have always looked up to Coco for his acting skills and work ethic. They are now even bigger fans of Coco the director. “Nakita ko siya kung paano siya ka-determinado kasi may ibang artista na hirap na hirap na sa pagiging artista lang. Pero si Kuya Coco artista na siya, producer, tapos director din. Ibig sabihin walang imposible kung gusto mo talaga ang ginagawa mo. Pinatunayan nya na hindi nakakapagod kapag mahal mo ‘yung craft mo,” notes McCoy.
Elisse adds how working with Coco and the likes of Julio Diaz, Jaime Fabregas, and Gloria Romero have made an impact on her. “Matagal na sila sa industriya. I got to see how they work, kung paano sila ka-focused sa ginagawa nila. Pagdating sa set, alam na nila ‘yung linya nila at kung anong dapat gawin. Kaya ang dami kong natutunan sa mga kasama kong veteran sa pelikula.”