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Zanjoe talks about his career path and International Emmy nomination

Did you know that Zanjoe auditioned for "The Buzz"?

Doreen Penilla
Doreen Penilla

11/17/2017 in News
Zanjoe talks about his career path and International Emmy nomination

"Nakakagulat talaga."

That was Zanjoe's sentiment about his International Emmy Awards nomination that was announced last September. 

The 35-year-old actor had a brief moment of disbelief when he heard of his acting nomination because it wasn't originally acting that he had in mind when he started in the entertainment industry.

In an interview with King of Talk Boy Abunda on "Tonight with Boy Abunda," last Wednesday, November 15, Zanjoe even shared that he didn't have much preparation when he shot the "Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK)" episode titled "Anino," that got him the Emmy nomination.
He disclosed, "'Yung role na ginawa ko, meron siyang sakit na paranoid schizophrenia. Una, ayaw ko munang tanggapin. Sabi ko hindi ko magagawa, walang preparation, kasi kailangan na agad i-shoot."

Zanjoe is already in New York for the International Emmy Awards night to be held this November 20.

We can recall that the Kapamilya actor first got major attention in showbiz when he joined the reality show "Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 1" back in 2006.
But before that, he was already being cast in modeling and commercial gigs. Zanjoe said that he was still a teenager when the late talent manager Douglas Quijano discovered him.
"Actually nung time na 'yun, player ako sa school. Dun niya (Douglas) ako nakita. Sa San Sebastian College, nung high school ako. Hindi naman niya ako in-offer-an mag-artista agad. Pinasali niya ako sa isang modeling contest, [yung] 'Body Shots.' Ayun, [after nun] na-offer-an na ako ng mga fashion shows, modeling, and then nage-extra-extra ako sa mga commercials." 
Zanjoe admitted that he needed to overcome his shyness first before venturing into mainstream. So being cast in small projects through Douglas' support helped him build his confidence. 
Boy then recalled that he knew Zanjoe also once auditioned as a young host for the former's defunct showbiz talk show, "The Buzz".

Now that Zanjoe has come a long way in the industry, it seems like it's all going uphill for him.
One of the projects in his pipeline is a comedy film together with his real-life friend Empoy, "Kusina Kings."

He is also the star of "Fallback, together with Rhian Ramos and Daniel Matsunaga that is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.
"Fallback" is about a girl named Michelle (Rhian Ramos) who is afraid to get hurt. She then finds herself a fallback guy in the person of her ex-boyfriend (Zanjoe Marudo) - while she is still in a relationship with Chris (Daniel Matsunaga). Can Michelle really save herself from the pain?
Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, "Fallback" is produced by Cineko and distributed by Star Cinema.