Joseph Marco on playing Diego in Wildflower: “Ito ang pinakamahirap na nagampanan ko!”

He has already played various roles throughout his seven-year career in ABS-CBN, but playing the laid-back yet valiant Diego Torillo in the hit primetime series Wildflower is his most challenging and most remarkable role to date.

Joseph Marco definitely proves that more than his striking and jaw-dropping physical features is an actor who continues to make a mark in the industry through his thespic brilliance.

Stepping up

Being surrounded by top-caliber artists, Joseph Marco worked so hard in order to step up and keep pace with the pool of versatile and award-winning ensemble. Certainly, pressure would always be there so he worked on developing his skills and putting his game up a notch in order to keep pace with his co-actors.

“In terms of acting, na-stretch out talaga ako as an actor. Ang gagaling kasi talaga ng mga kasama ko e so I have no choice but to step up, to level up your game and your acting. Mas naging matapang ako in terms sa pagpili ng mga choices and mas naging confident ako at nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa sarili ko, na kahit gaano kahirap ang eksena, basta you believe in yourself and what you do, talagang magagawa mo,” Joseph told ABS-CBN.com in an exclusive interview.

Aside from the weight brought by collaborating with the biggest stars in the country, another daunting task he had to face was how to make the lackluster and meek Diego be as interesting and intense as the other characters.

Most difficult role

“For me, ito ‘yong pinakamahirap na role na nagampanan ko. Si Diego, sobrang simpleng tao niya, bumoborder siya sa parang boring na character e. so the challenge is, how are you gonna make him interesting,” he imparted.

Considering that his past portrayals were not as heavy as his role in the revenge drama series, the 29-year-old actor felt so happy and grateful when the role was given to him.

“I’m so thankful na binigay sa akin ‘yong role ni Diego because ang dami kong natutunan, especially sa character ni Diego and then kung paano mas maging patient, kung paano mas ipaglaban ‘yong nararapat at kung ano talaga ang gusto mo, whatever’s gonna make you happy,” he remarked.

Diego has also occupied a special spot in his heart, making it superbly unforgettable even to the audiences.

No similarities

When asked if he and his notable character have similarities, Joseph confessed that there’s none, basically because they are not on the same plane.

“I’m not sure kung kaya kong maging Diego. Sabi ko nga, bilib talaga ako kay Diego. Talagang sobrang selfless niya na inuuna niya ‘yong kapakanan ng taumbayan. Kahit na makaaway niya ‘yong family niya, kung ano ‘yong tama talagang do’n siya. So di ko alam kung kakayanin ko. Kaya saludo ako kay Diego,” he said.


With the tremendous success of Wildflower, he is indeed so grateful for the huge love of the Kapamilyas to the big project they painstakingly worked hard for the past 12 months.

“Sobrang thankful kasi kung hindi talaga dahil sa kanila di kami aabot ng four seasons. Ito ‘yong only show ko na umabot ng four seasons; ito ‘yong pinakamahabang teleserye ko. Grabe ‘yong pagmamahal na natanggap namin sa kanila kaya sobrang nagpapasalamat kami at ibinabalik namin sa kanila, for example may mga mall show kami as much as possible gusto namin silang maging masaya,” he stated.

As another chapter of his life has come to a close, a lot of offers are knocking on his doors right now, but he prefers and wishes to play a gray character in the next project he’s going to do.


Although the overall atmosphere of Wildflower is dense and fiery, the cast and crew never forget to have or do something fun in between takes. After his Kapamilya Chat appearance for the simultaneous viewing party of his death episode last February 6, Joseph recounted to ABS-CBN.com that due to the hectic schedules of their taping, he fell asleep inside the casket for around 15 minutes during the burial procession of Diego.