During the press conference of You Changed My Life, John Lloyd Cruz pointed out that the differences in his love team partnership with Bea Alonzo and his current leading lady, Sarah Geronimo.
"Malaking factor yung number of years. Seven years kami ni Bea. Iba na yung level ng friendship and chemistry namin ni Bea pagdating namin sa mga eksena o sa mga emotional scenes. Yung lalim ng chemistry, masyadong malalim yung sa amin ni Bea. Kami ni Sarah nandun pa kami sa getting-to-know stage, parang start pa ng relationship kumbaga."
Does that mean that he did not need to assist Bea in the same way that he is assisting Sarah now?
"Hindi naman ibig sabihin nun hindi ko na inaalalayan si Bea noon. Kahit sinong makakapareha ko sa pelikula...kahit si Luis [Manzano] na magiging kapareha ko sa pelikula, aalagaan ko pa rin siya," says John Lloyd, eliciting chuckles from the members of the press.
"Kailangan mo silang alagaan kung hindi baka pagsamantalahan ka ng isang lalaking tulad ni Luis," he jokes.
"Gusto ko silang alagaan sa abot na aking makakaya. Gusto ko silang ingatan. Ayaw ko silang makaramdam ng discomfort. Kung may eksenang ganyan, hindi madali. It's not easy being intimate with another person in front of the camera, in front of many people. It's an art."
MALE COUPLE. John Lloyd and Luis will play a couple staying in New York in their upcoming movie under Star Cinema. How is John Lloyd preparing himself to do a kissing scene with another man?
"Alam mo, it's something na para bang you can never be prepared for. Kasi, kahit sabihin mong you're there in the moment with a co-actor mo, parang siyempre, lalaki sa lalaki pa rin yan. Wala naman akong problema with the gay community, wala akong problema riyan. Mahal ko 'yang mga 'yan at ang dami kong friends na ganyan. I just have to be reminded na I'm only portraying a role.
"It's not going to be easy for sure pero sobra akong excited since first time kong gagawa ng ganitong tema at gusto ko magawa ito sa kung paano siya vini-visualize ng director ko at kung paano ko siya vini-visualize.
"We're gonna work together in this one kasi ngayon ka lang gagawa ng ganito. Gusto mong itodo na," says John Lloyd, but adds as an afterthought: "Pero hindi naman to the highest level dahil baka hindi ko kayanin!"
Did he watch Brokeback Mountain previously? What did he think of the movie that featured love scenes of Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger?
"It made me cry at nakita ko yung puso nila, hindi yung pagkalalaki nila. Yun ang gusto kong ma-attain sa pelikulang ito with Ate Vi and Luis."
In a previous interview, Vilma described her character as a mother who is shocked to learn about the homosexual tendencies of her son, to be portrayed by Luis.
"In denial kasi ako as a mother niya dito. Pero at the end, wala akong magagawa dahil makikita ko ang kasiyahan niya sa relasyon nila ni John Lloyd, pero in denial pa rin ako," says the Star for All Seasons.
Tentatively titled A Mother's Story, this Star Cinema movie will the first time that Luis will be working with his mother Vilma Santos. It will also also be the directorial comeback of Olive Lamasan, whose last film project was the 2004 movie Milan starring Piolo Pascual and Claudine Barretto.