He is a Filipino actor, recording artist and commercial model. In 2016, he joined the Filipino reality search Pinoy Boyband Superstar but failed to reach the grand finals. He was also part of the horror-fantasy drama series La Luna Sangre.
Tony Labrusca is a son of actor Boom Labrusca and singer Angel Jones. He was born in Houston, Texas, United States and grew up in Los Angeles, California with his mother, step-father and sister. When he was 9, his family moved to Vancouver, Canada. He then flew to the Philippines to pursue his career in show business.
Before Labrusca auditioned for Pinoy Boyband Superstar, he was already a face of various TV commercials. He became more popular when he played the guy who broke a girl's heart portrayed by Elisse Joson in the viral McDonald's TV ad entitled Tuloy Pa Rin in 2016.
During his audition in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, he was unexpectedly reunited with his biological father, model and actor Boom Labrusca. He successfully became one of the top contenders and went up to the Top 7 for the grand finals. Unfortunately, he did not make it to the Top 5 as the final member of the BoybandPH. Later, he joined La Luna Sangre considered as his first break playing the role of Jake Arguelles. His character is set to become a third person in the love triangle between him, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Tony Labrusca said he loves playing the role of Jake the loyal and courageous werewolf in the top-rated primetime series La Luna Sangre. “In La Luna Sangre, I’m learning so much about how this industry works and I’m playing Jake who is a teenage werewolf. It’s cool because I can learn a lot about myself through the character I’m playing because he’s very much like me in a sense that he’s a nice guy and he wants to remain a nice guy but at the same time there are things in his life that makes him feel like he’s torn. Does he want to do the right thing or be there for his best friend and break the rules? So he’s a very relatable character and he’s very likable that’s why a lot of people like Jake,” he said.
Growing up abroad, Tony admitted he is not as familiar with Philippine showbiz as his peers but his exposure in the Mcdonald’s commercials have really helped boost his popularity. “It was hard. I got thrown into everything so fast. I’m super blessed because right after the commercial I feel like that’s what gave me my part in La Luna Sangre because they saw the potential there. It’s crazy when you think about it because not many people get a big role like right off the bat and I was known for another show which was a reality show which had nothing to do with acting,” he added.
Upon entering the Kathniel series as a virtual unknown, Tony said he had to deal with bashers who weren’t as welcoming to the love triangle angle as Kathryn Bernardo’s best friend on the show. “At this point in my career I’m so brand new so those kinds of words still affect me. I don’t have that much of a thick skin just yet. That’s something that I’m going to learn through time. When I saw all the bashing online, it was hard for me because I’ve never experienced it on such a grand scale and I didn’t get the concept on why people would hate you for doing your best. That’s something I’m not used to. And just like change that’s something I had to get over you know.
I just stopped focusing on the negative because I realized that that’s a percentage that I can’t change but I can focus on all the hundreds of people that do care about Jake and that do like the effort that I’m putting in. People tell me that I have a fan base in Africa. That is awesome, you know what I mean? What I really like to hear is when the OFW moms see my relationship with my mom in the show, those are the comments that really matter to me so I try to just focus on the positive and I don’t read the negative,” he admitted.
When the cameras aren’t rolling, Tony said everyone in the La Luna cast get along really well and are very supportive of him as a newbie. “You know here in the Philippines people really take the characters and their roles and think that that’s still how it is behind camera so maybe people think that it’s like awkward between the love triangle but it’s really not. All of us are really good. We like to have fun. Everybody’s really nice and since I’m brand new like I have so much to learn so everyone’s kind of just like just teaching me how to do things and certain terminologies. I’m really just trying to learn the ropes. People offline might think there’s a certain awkwardness or people don’t like each other but that’s not the case at all,” he shared.
Part of his most memorable moments so far was his first appearance at the Star Magic Ball. “Some of my expectations that were met that it was really star-studded. Like every star was there and they all looked so beautiful and regal. Seriously it was really grand. Walking the red carpet was interesting. It was a little awkward because I’m really not into the whole celebrity lifestyle type of things. I’m really new to Star Magic. They always say that it’s a little awkward when it’s your first Star Magic Ball so I was expecting that but I just tried to enjoy it. It was fun because I was sitting in the same table as Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Marco Gallo, and Kisses Delavin. So it was nice being around a group of artists that were all new. It was fun. I appreciated it and if I’m Star Magic next year I think it will be more fun because I’ll know more people,” he said.
Even though he grew up in Canada, Tony shared that he loves being in the Philippines. “I guess what I miss most is a sense of being nobody. Sometimes I just picture myself walking around downtown and I know that I don’t matter as much now. And I guess that’s something I miss. But I wouldn’t say that’s what I miss about Canada because I can do that anywhere in the world. If I feel that way I can go to China or Switzerland or Iceland, you know what I mean? Canada is never really a place that I’ve missed because every time I leave the Philippines I really feel like I left my heart and soul here. So I feel like all the destinations that I’ve stopped at other than the Philippines were just places to lead me back here. To simplify I’m just much happier here. I love the Philippines so much. It’s more fun in the Philippines (laughs),” he said.
Before joining showbiz, newly launched Star Magic Circle artist Tony Labrusca juggled several jobs in Canada, where he was based with his family. Labrusca, how entered local showbiz in 2016 via the talent search "Pinoy Boyband Superstar," recalled how he used to work "day in, day out" to earn a living. He was at one point a cook, a shoe salesman, and a cashier all at same time. The "La Luna Sangre" actor then became a barber, a job he referred to as having genuine interest in. In fact, Labrusca said, he actively sought out learning about hairstyling.
Speaking with Boy Abunda on the host's eponymous late-night talk show, Labrusca answered in the affirmative to the possibility of putting up a barber shop business, "pag mayaman na ako." In the interview, Labrusca also talked about his choices of sports when he was still based in Canada, such as gymnastics and parkour. Both don't involve team play, he pointed out; that way, "I can only be blame myself, whether I win or if I fail."