John Lloyd Cruz admitted that he was initially hesitant to create a sequel to the movie A Very Special Love because of its tremendous success.This romantic comedy proved to be such a big hit among viewers with its P178 million gross, according to Star Cinema.
Because of this feat, JLC and Sarah Geronimo were named the Box Office King and Queen according to SM Cinema. In addition, SM Cinema also chose Star Cinema, ABS-CBN's film arm, as the 2008 Top Grosser Local Film Producer in the country.
Sarah and John Lloyd are hoping lightning will strike twice as they promote their second movie together titled You Changed My Life. The two stars are hoping that the sequel of AVSL will become just as entertaining as the first film that popularized the "sun dance."
The difficult task of meeting high expectations caused John Lloyd to think twice about continuing the love story of Miggy and his assistant Laida. "Bago pa man magsimula itong pelikula, actually, isa nga ‘yon sa mga rason kung bakit ayaw ko sana magkaroon ng sequel [ang A Very Special Love].
"Noong nagkaroon kami ng press conference for I Love Betty La Fea, naging vocal ako about it," recalls John Lloyd. "Natatakot kasi ako kasi ang sequel, kung hindi malampasan ang naabot ng una, e, dapat man lang mapantayan. Sa amin, hindi namin alam kung saan galing ang swerte, ang blessing kung saan ang team up na walang foundation bukod sa isang episode ng Maalaala Mo Kaya."
Even the director of their film, Cathy Gacia-Molina, is unsure about meeting the expectations of viewers. "Nahirapan kami sa pagtimpla kasi alam namin na maraming nage-expect ng same level ng kilig. Dahil sila na ngayon [they're a couple] sa pelikulang ito, kailangan ding umakyat ang level ng kilig."
But since they decided to accept the challenge of starring in You Changed My Life, the lead characters maintained that they gave their best effort to offer something new to viewers who have waited patiently for the follow-up of AVSL.
"It's always nice to see your movie topping the list ng mga pinaka-kumita pero more than that, mas hinahanap ko kung ano ang mai-ooffer mong bago...mas importante sa akin kung ano ang maibibigay ko sa mga mga nag-eexpect, sa mga naghihintay. Sa lahat ng pelikulang nagawa ko, ang Dubai, One More Chance, kahit hindi man sila kumita, at least maganda yung binigay mo. Dun lang, wala ka nang talo. At least hindi ka nagsisi kasi hindi ka nagkulang sa maibibigay," says John Lloyd.
How did they change each other's life after working on two
movies together? John Lloyd pointed out that the Popstar Princess has a very
positive effect on him. "After I got to know Sarah sa A Very Special Love at
makasama ko siya uli sa You Changed My Life, parang may lumabas na ibang
"Parang naging mas masayahin ka...meron kasi siyang ganung effect sa tao! I'd say contagious yung personality niya but in a good way. Parang magaan ang lahat, masaya ka, nakangiti ka."
As for Sarah, she says that she feels very blessed to have been given the chance to work with John Lloyd and Direk Cathy. "Simula nang makatrabaho ko sila, nagbago po talaga ang buhay ko. Ang daming blessings at mas naging inspired ako magtrabaho. Yung sinasabi nilang contagious, sila ang dahilan kung bakit ako napaka jolly at laging naka-smile. It's the other way around!"
When Sarah is asked if will have her first real kissing scene in this film, she coyly told the press: Chicklet! [Secret!] JLC then remarked, "Yun ang magic ng pelikula, ayaw naming ibigay ngayon." Viewers will have to watch You Changed My Life to see if the TV host-singer will have her first kissing scene in this Star Cinema-Viva Films co-production that will open in cinemas starting February 25, 2009.
This romance movie will be screened in Los Angeles by February 28 and in San Francisco by March 1.
SYNOPSIS. It has been six months since Laida Magtalas (Sarah Geronimo) has won the heart of her boss Miggy Montenegro (John Lloyd Cruz). Since then, her life has been nothing but roses-she got promoted and so did her boyfriend Miggy.
Meanwhile, Miggy also feels like he is on top of the world since he has patched things up with his family members, especially his older brother (portrayed by Rowell Santiago). For the first time, Miggy is in a meaningful relationship that will prove to everyone that he is indeed, a work-in-progress.
But things change when their increasing workload separate the two lovers. Miggy gets promoted but he is assigned to Laguna. Meanwhile, Laida is being offered a job in Canada. With their careers leading Miggy and Laida in opposite directions, their relationship eventually suffers from the pressures of being apart.
Another complication arises when the character of Rayver Cruz makes his presence felt in the life of Laida.
Will Miggy and Laida be able to end up happily every after? Or will they realize that living their dream is actually harder than attaining it?
PEP PROMO. Lucky PEPsters located in Manila will get the chance to win two (2) tickets to You Changed My Life. Click HERE to answer the question and join the online promo. Deadline of submission of entries is on March 6, 2009.
Trailer courtesy of Star Cinema and Viva Films