Elisse Joson toiled to reach celebrity status with much boost from her fastfood commercial and team up with Mccoy de Leon.
Starting out by playing support in TV commercials (TVC), Elisse Joson was noticed when she appeared as lead actress in a fastfood ad where she was shown being dumped by her boyfriend.
“Noong time na ’yon ay wala po sa isip ko na maghi-hit ’yon. Sabi sa akin ng director at ’yung staff ng TVC shoot, pagkatapos nito ay doon ka nila makikilala. Pero hindi ko naman po inisip ’yon. Parang masaya na po ako na nagkaroon ako ng lead part sa isang commercial,” she said.
Before that, Elisse played mostly non-meaty parts. She was the third wheel in the Paul Salas-Mika dela Cruz love team on “You’re My Home,” and another kontrabida role on “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.”
These days, she is one of the most promising stars in Tinseltown.
She unabashedly admitted it was her mom who initially wanted her to become an actress.
“Siya ang laging nagpu-push kaso sobrang mahiyain po ako so hindi ako nagpupunta sa mga auditions. Nagagalit siya kasi parang sayang ang binabayad ko sa workshops. After po noon, noong nagpunta kami ng States, doon ako nagkaroon ng confidence. I was then 10 years old. We returned to Manila dahil naimbitahan ako sa Star Magic ball.”
According to her, she nearly gave up on her career because of its snail-paced growth.
“Malapit-lapit na din po akong mag-give up pero ako kasi dahil sabay sa studies ko ng Fashion Design sa College of St. Benilde, parang ginagawa ko lang po ito that time kasi gusto kong matututo. Hindi naman po ito ang bread and butter ko na kailangan kong i-push,” she said.
Should she bid her career goodbye, Elisse will stay in the US with her doctor mom.
“’Sa US kami maninirahan kasi doon siya (mommy) may trabaho. She’s a doctor but works as a nurse,” she mused.
Fate steps in
But her TVC and her love team with Mccoy changed all of that after they appeared as celebrity housemates on “Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7.”
Now, they’re featured as one of the love teams in their first primetime teleserye, “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” with Eula Valdez, John Estrada, Mylene Dizon, Joshua Garcia, Elmo Magalona, and Janella Salvador.
ABS-CBN executives were surprised the McLisse love team got shrieks and shouts during “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” anniversary concert, and during the network’s Christmas TV Special. It was then they felt the two are ready for primetime.
As part of McLisse love team, Elisse shared she has her own identity as “nakikilala na po ’yung pangalan ko po mismo, hindi ’yung kaibigan ni ganito, ’yung nasa commercial. Now, may pangalan na po.”
She is very grateful for her participation on “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” where she plays Lorraine who is partnered with Mccoy.
“Siyempre, ’yung ‘Probinsyano’ alam ng lahat na it’s the highest-rated soap. Kasi after din po ng lumabas kami sa ‘Probinsyano,’ marami ang nakakakilala sa amin.”
About the boy Mccoy
She shared how her and Mccoy’s lives are paralleled.
“Actually, ang story po namin ni Mccoy pareho kami nagsimula. Mas na-una lang ako ng one year. He was in ‘Be Careful With My Heart.’ Ako rin po nasa cast ng ‘Be Careful.’ Lagi po kaming support-support lang, dadaan, nagwawalis.”
Now that she’s working with big artists on “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako,” Elisse says she feels like a beginner all over again.
“Grabe po kasi sobrang laki po ng mga kasama namin,” she explained. “’Yung makasama lang ang veteran actors, pressure na ’yun. ’Yun pong kailangang i-prove ang love team namin, isa po ’yung malaking pressure.”
As there are other love teams – KathNiel, LizQuen, JaDine – to contend with, how does McLisse differ from them?
“When it comes to being a love team, kami po ni Mccoy, gusto namin talaga na kung ano ’yung sincerity namin sa isa’t-isa ay iyon ang ipapakita namin sa lahat. Gusto po namin na dahil nga love team kami ay pipilitin naming magpakilig. Doon kami minahal ng mga tao, kung ano ’yung natural sa amin.
“Other than that, sa acting po alam ko po na we have a lot to learn and we have a lot to offer po. Through time, gusto ko makita ang growth namin as actors, ’yung hindi lang kami stuck sa isang level.”