From support to leading lady – Elisse Joson’s MMK journey will inspire you!

Amid the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, even celebrities engage in online businesses to earn extra income while waiting for the entertainment industry to fully recover. Kapamilya actress Elisse Joson displays her beautiful sense of resilience by helping her family manage their food business. The Josons’ restaurant in Mandaluyong is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, so they decided to bring their cooking expertise in the online world instead.

While they’re exerting effort to constantly serve their customers with new flavors, Elisse embraced the fact that consumers are more careful with their hard-earned money and would rather prioritize essential goods. Nonetheless, Elisse would continue cooking homemade goodies until they expand their business outside the digital sphere again.

Besides helping her mom manage their business, Elisse fights the quarantine anxieties by taking care of plants and doing creative activities like painting.

This year is undoubtedly a dramatic and challenging one, thus Elisse finds it just the right time to flaunt her meaningful tattoos to her followers. She has always wanted to get inked since she was 16 but there’s a law in the United States, were they used to live, prohibiting minors from getting a tattoo.

Elisse has now a total of two body arts, and the second one was quite a secret to her mother. On her left ring finger is a lifeline tattoo. She recently unveiled another one on Instagram, an image of raindrops falling from a cloud, inked on her rib. “There’s always a rainbow after the rain,” reads her caption. She does not believe in the notion that tattoos are addicting, saying “it’s all in the mind.” Asked if she’s ready for her third tattoo, Elisse said she hasn’t thought of any design idea at the moment.

Despite the challenges, Elisse still finds a lot of reasons to be happy and grateful, like the replay of her Maalaala Mo Kaya episode titled “My Handsome Boss” originally aired in October last year.

Looking back on that project, Elisse found it hard to believe that she was sharing the lead with matinee idol Richard Gutierrez. It was a career feat she never thought possible, knowing that Richard is always paired with some of the biggest names in the industry like Angel Locsin. Yet, even the impossible can still happen, it just takes a little time.

Elisse added that it’s an honor to be working with Richard, whom she described as professional, warm, and pleasant. Albeit she found him intimidating at first and they were challenged by getting past the tension, they eventually got more comfortable with each other. “Hindi niya ipaparamdam sa’yo na matagal na siya sa industriya,” she further said about her leading man. 

This assignment almost slipped away from her due to conflict in schedule as she was doing another teleserye then. But considering that an MMK episode is a rare opportunity and is part of every artist’s acting bucket list, Elisse had to make a way. Besides, she enjoys doing romantic-comedies and playing interesting characters. 

Elisse has indeed come a long way since entering showbiz at 16.  From joining MMK episodes as extra, that means she had no dialogues to utter, Elisse finally found her way to her first lead in the longest-running drama anthology.