The ATA recognizes Asian television’s excellence in programming, production and performances. Its panel consists of more than 50 judges from across the region.
Martin shared that his win was unexpected, seeing that it was his first time to be recognized internationally.
“Di ko siya in-e-expect pero nakaka-proud kasi first time ko ma-nominate internationally, ma-recognize around Asia, tapos syempre mga kasama ko magagaling na mga artista yung mga nominees. Masaya ako na na-represent ko yung Pilipinas,” he said.
Among many Asian nominees for the Best Leading Male Performance – Digital, Martin won for his performance as a transwoman in the digital series Born Beautiful.
According to him, his international recognition is an inspiration for him to continue and better his craft.
“Yung awards parang hindi naman talaga siya yung para sabihing magaling ka. Para sa akin, more on siya yung nag-i-inspire sa akin na mag tuloy ng ginagawa ko na pagbutihin ko yung craft ko,” he said.
“Minsan dumadating yung point na tama pa ba ginagawa ko? Parang reminder siya na ‘huy, okay ka pa, you’re doing great,” he added.
Martin admitted Born Beautiful was the hardest project he has ever done in his career. The film turned series ran with 12 episodes.
“Ito yung pinakamahirap na ginawa kong project sa talambuhay ko,” he admitted.
The 27-year-old actor shared it was physically challenging to play his character Barbs.
“Yung inahit buong katawan mo, tapos yung wig. Before pa kasi ito ng Panti Sisters so dun ko pa lang naranasan yun. Yung mga gown, yung mga suot na mabigat lahat, yung mga kuko first time ko naranasan so medyo na-shock ako nung first shooting namin,” he shared.
When asked if this feat will encourage him to take on similar roles, Martin said he will accept any role as long as it comes with a good script.