Sarah Geronimo candidly admitted that she had a huge crush on John Lloyd Cruz from the first time they worked together on a Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode in 2006 up until they did their first movie A Very Special Love (AVSL) in 2008.
A Very Special Love was followed by its sequel You Changed My Love in 2009, and its third and last installment was It Takes A Man and A Woman in 2013.
Sarah went on to say that her real-life admiration for John Lloyd was what made their onscreen teamup a success.
She fondly recalled, “Malaking factor din yung since the very first time na nagkatrabaho kami from Maalaala Mo Kaya, napaka-generous niyang actor, napakasincere.
“Na hindi nahihirapan yung leading lady niya na ma-endear sa kanya, na i-admire siya.
“As a person off cam, nagustuhan ko yung persona na meron siya. Iba yung energy din na nabibigay niya.”
John Lloyd, for his part, said that he has the same feelings for Sarah.
“I think it’s the mutual admiration,” he confirmed.
“I have an admiration para sa kanya, because, how can you not admire Sarah Geronimo?
“So, parang yung mga ganung bagay, pagka mapupunta sa isang bagay like a film, it makes it special.”
Echoing John Lloyd’s sentiments, Sarah promptly agreed, “Mutual admiration, yes. Iba po siguro pag gusto mo yung katrabaho mo.”
John Lloyd and Sarah faced a group of entertainment reporters and bloggers at the digital conference of their latest movie Finally Found Someone, held at 9501 Restaurant in ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building, yesterday, July 19.
In the same event, Finally Found Someone director Theodore Boborol revealed what he learned about Sarah’s past attraction towards John Lloyd.
Calling John Lloyd by his monicker Lloydy, Boborol related, “Yun na nga, nung nalaman ko a few days before the shoot—nilaglag si Sarah—na sa totoo lang nung nag-MMK sila, nagka-crush siya kay Lloydy.
“Hindi siya makabitaw sa character to the point na nag-end na yung episode—ako na yung nag-spokesperson kay Sarah—nanood na siya ng dating pelikula ni Lloydy.
“Tapos nung A Very Special Love, yung acting niya dun, kung gaano niya ka-crush si Miggy, gano’n din talaga si Sarah [kay John Lloyd sa totoong buhay].”
Sarah herself admitted that she was inspired by her own attraction towards John Lloyd when she played the role of Laida Magtalas, a dewy-eyed fresh grad who harbors a huge crush on her boss, Flippage magazine editor and the most eligible bachelor in town, Miggy Montenegro.
Confirming Boborol’s statement, Sarah noted, “Walang preparation!”
To which, Boborol added, “Walang immersion. Real na real.”