"Ang ganda ng pasok ng taon!" exclaims John Lloyd Cruz, whose film Unofficially Yours is presently doing well at the box-office.
Though he's a certified hit among the moviegoers, he admits to feeling the pressure at the time his project with Angel Locsin was about to be released.
He tells the press during his relaunch as the endorser of Biogesic on February 29, "Siyempre, andiyan lagi yung pressure ng, 'Will it be a box-office hit?' no. So, laging may ganun."
But what's more important to him now is quality. So each time he watches the finished product, the only thing he wants to know, "is it a good movie?"
And once he's certain that it is, "then wala na akong problema," says the top leading man of ABS-CBN.
WORKING WITH ANGEL. He's glad that from the dark romance genre of Imortal to theromantic-comedy style of Unofficially Yours, his tandem with Angel had earned the fans' support.
Lloydie (his nickname) elaborates, "Parang lumalawak or lumalaki yung range namin as a team-up. And para sa akin, malaking bagay...
"Para sa akin, more than anything with regard to the success of Unofficially Yours, para sa akin yun ang pinaka-favorite part ko."
One question touches the movie's theme—casual sex or relationships, which is considered a "taboo" in our still quite conservative society.
Smiling, the Kapamilya star remarks, "Ganun naman yung Pinoy, kung ano yung iniiwasan, yun yung madalas panoorin, masarap pag-usapan, di ba? Ganun naman talaga tayo, e...
"And I don't see any wrong about it. Nasa culture ba o nasa personality ng majority ng Pinoy, ganun?"
The viewers, he adds, watched not because "pina-practice yun [casual sex]... they were just curious."
Laughing, he jokes, "And merong mga matatanda na gusto nilang i-try."
WORKING WITH SHAINA? His upcoming projects include a movie with Sarah Geronimo and a series with Bea Alonzo.