John Lloyd and Sarah excited about their movie "A Very Special Love"


The first collaboration of Sarah Geronimo (left)and John Lloyd Cruz (middle) will open in cinemas nationwide starting July 30,2008. A Very Special Love is a Star Cinema and Viva Filmsco-production directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina (right).



The new combination of young stars John Lloyd Cruz and SarahGeronimo is coming to the big screen this July 30. A Very Special Love ispart of Star Cinema's 15th anniversary presentation, along with Sharon Cuneta'sCaregiver, which recently went on a series of international screeningsfor the past two months.

This romantic comedy is megged by the 2007 Box OfficeDirector Cathy Garcia-Molina. The female director excitedly recounts the first time theproject was offered to her, which is a co-production with Viva Films. "Itsabout a girl who's a dreamer, who wants to be more than what she is now. Simple, ordinary just like all of us. And a guy who is there at the top, mayaman,gwapo, may sariling business, wala nang hahanapin pa. So how do they fall in love, paano ‘pag nagkita sila? Ano ang dynamics nila?"

The movie has a very light material, but Cathy digs deeperinto the psyche of his characters. "Ako personally ang gusto ko talagangsagutin na tanong ‘pag ikaw ba nagmahal, dapat ka bang humingi ng kapalit napagmamahal? Dapat mo bang antayin namahalin ka pabalik?"

After his successful team up with Bea Alonzo and Direk Cathyin One More Chance, John Lloyd is both optimistic and nervous about hischaracter Miggy. "'Pag tiningnan ko siya sa labas, itatanong mo agad, paano koba siya tatanggapin o mamahalin. Mabigat ‘yon kasi hindi siya ideal character.Sa simula ng pelikula maaring i-hate mo siya pero kapag nag-progress angpelikula, lalabas ang mga dahilan kung bakit mo siya mamahalin omaiintindihan."

The male actor, who won the Best Actor Award in the recentlyconcluded Golden Screen Awards of the Enpress, is very positive about his newleading lady.

Sarah, who plays Laida in the film, is feeling the heatbecause this is her first starring movie. "Ito na ‘yong matagal ko nangipinagdarasal. Very thankful ako sa Star Cinema and sa Viva, kay Boss Vic [delRosario], dahil feeling ko another step na naman ito sa career ko. Si JohnLloyd na po ‘yan at sobrang honored po ako na ako po ang kanyang ka-tandem parasa pelikulang ito. Napaka-humble po niya at approachable kahit na sobrang sikatna siya."

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Direk Cathy says of her actors, "Si Sarah kasi we have knownher to be I think a dramatic actress. Based sa mga soap operas na dinaanan nya,halos lahat serious ‘di ba. It's a revelation to me, except for MMK [MaalalaMo Kaya] nagpakita siya ng lightness, napatunayan ko sa pelikulang ‘tograbe pala yang batang yan...magaan, kikay, madaling makatrabaho. Di ako nahirapan sa kanya."

The female director admitted that she felt pressure inhandling John Lloyd since she knows that there will always be comparisonsbetween A Very Special Love and One More Chance.

"Mas hirap ako kay John Lloyd kasi ilang pelikula nanapatunayan ni John Lloyd na marunong siya, isa siyang magaling na artista. Isaako sa naniniwala na kung di siya ang pinakamagaling, he's one of the best andso it's a pressure for me and John Lloyd also paano mame-maintain. Para hindi lumabas sa sinehan yung mga tao[na sinasabi] ‘Ay mas gusto ko yung One More Chance, ay mas magalingsiya sa ganito.'

"Ang hirap kay John Lloyd, he portrays medyo similarcharacters, leading man e. Wala namansiyang naging role na psychotic, sira ulo, wala e. Sinasabi ko lagi kay John Lloyd, the test of a true actor isdoing similar and ordinary roles differently every time. That's our task in this movie—how to makethis ordinary character na napanood mo na rin sa iba from your otherroles. And in fairness to him, John Lloyd delivers, with glowing results,"observes Direk Cathy.

John Lloyd and Sarah are both looking forward to thereactions of their respective fans to their first collaboration. "Sabi ng mganakakausap ko, natutuwa sila sa teasers na nakikita nila sa TV," says JohnLloyd. "Si Sarah din naman wala akong naging kaproble-problema sa trabaho. Mabaitna mabait siya. Direk Cathy naman, as always, she did a great job with us. Kayanaman wala akong mahihiling pa for this project. Sana magustuhan ng mga tao."

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Sarah agrees, "Ang wish ko ay makurot namin ang puso ngating mga Kapamilya, masiyahan sila, ma-in love, lumabas ng mga sinehan nanakangiti. Special ang A Very Special Love, sana po, maging special dinito para sa lahat!"

A Very Special Love opens in theaters nationwide onJuly 30, 2008.


Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema


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