SarahGeronimo and John Lloyd Cruz topbill the romantic comedy A Very Special Love as part of Star Cinema's 15th anniversarypresentation. It is directed by 2007Box Office Director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who was also the brains behind the blockbustermovies One More Chance (2007) and You Are the One (2006).
At nineteen years old, Sarah has yet to experience true love. This promptedsome reporters to ask if this hindered the singer-actress from effectivelyportraying the role of a love-struck girl. Direk Cathy said Sarahdidn't need a lot of preparation even though she hasn't experienced being inlove. "Alam n'yo po hindi kelangan [ngmaraming preparation]. Kahit naman hindi pa nai-in love si Sarah, every personnaman na dumaan sa age na eto, e, may process, may mga ganyan and from there Ithink alam na alam ni Sarah how it feels. Yun po promise po hindi naging mahirap. Siguro talagang may charisma ‘tong taong ito," observed the femaledirector who was recently honored by the Philippine Movie Press Club as MovieDirector of the Year for One More Chance.
John Lloydbelieves viewers will like Sarah because she is very lovable. "I'm very blessed dahil lubos na tinangkilikang tambalan namin ni Bea [Alonzo], pero matatanggap din ng mga tao angtambalang ito. Maganda ang pupuntahanng team up."
A lot of people have been curious about the supposed kissing scene between thetwo stars. If this happens, it will beSarah's first kissing scene onscreen. She said that she is not yet ready but John Lloyd said he would be luckyif this happens because he will be part of a milestone in her career. On theother hand, Sarah's mom and John Lloyd's dad were both supportive although waryof having kissing scenes in the movie. In fact, Direk Cathy told the press:"Hindi pa namin nasu-shoot yung kissing scene pero di ako sigurado kungmagkakaroon nga."
In A Very Special Love, John Lloydplays Miggy. Direk Cathy describes hischaracter as "a guy who is there at the top, mayaman, gwapo, may sarilingbusiness, wala ng hahanapin pa." Sarah, on the other hand plays Laida—"adreamer who wants to be more than what she is now." The movie brings togetherthese two characters amidst their major differences and creates a dynamic lovestory.
JohnLloyd is a seasoned actor in local cinema while Sarah is trying her hand atacting in her first movie. But withDirek Cathy at the helm and with John Lloyd's guidance, the pop singer isconfident about shooting dramatic scenes for the movie. "Siguro actions speak louder thanwords. Yung interactions naminlumalabas nalang siya ng natural. Although hindi pa namin nashoshoot yung mga iyakan na eksena, dun langtalaga magkakaaalaman. So good luck saakin dun. Aalalayan naman ako ni Direkat ni John Lloyd," said the ASAP ‘08 mainstay.
Priorto A Very Special Love, they wereable to act together in an episode of MaalaalaMo Kaya (MMK). Sarahconsidered this TV project as a very memorable project for her. "Nadala po ako nung sa MMK namin kasi ibasiya. Less effort po sa akin. Mahirap kasi siyempre special po ako nung time nayun kasi first time kong mag-MMK at makatrabaho ang isang John Lloyd Cruz kayadoble-doble ang pressure ko."
Despite all her achievements in the past, Direk Cathy doesn'tfeel too much pressure in making this movie a hit. "Ang totoo po hindi masyado. Ang management ng Star Cinema ayhindi ka naman pinapagawa ng pelikula para lang sa fans or may feeling ngkikita. Ang mas challenge sa amin nilaTita Malou [Santos, head of Star Cinema] is to make the film good at better atmagugustuhan ng manonood. Mas nanduntalaga ang pressure ko kung kaya I keep up yung expectations ng mga manonood atng management as far as the quality is concerned. Pero yung ang sa amin bonus na lang kung kikita at tatankilikintalaga ng mga manonood," said Direk Cathy.
AVery Special Lovewill be shown in cinemas nationwide starting July 30.
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema