John Lloyd Cruz immediately got back to work a day after he arrived from his one-month trip to the U.S. and Canada for the world premiere of Star Cinema's In My Life.
The 26-year-old actor said that the screenings of his recent movie with Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and son Luis Manzano abroad were very successful.
"Lahat po ng pinuntahan namin, halos lahat, I'd say na it was 90 percent soldout—Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Jersey, Calgary, Canada and Toronto, Canada. Lahat 'yan ng pinuntahan namin. Kumbaga, sa pangkabuuan, 90 percent soldout po ang aming world premiere ng In My Life," said John Lloyd during the press conference for his Choco Lava endorsement yesterday, October 20, at Kaya restaurant at SM Megamall.
The actor further described the experience by saying, "It's like watching a premiere night here in Manila. Nakakatuwa na ganun ka-wild, ganun ka-instant ang reaction nila. Kasi parang hindi mo siya mae-expect sa mga Pinoy from the U.S. Kasi, siyempre, kapag tumatagal na wala sila sa Pilipinas, nag-iiba 'yong humor nila.
"Nakakatuwa kasi kuha pa rin nila ang humor ng Pilipinas, humor ng Pinoy. Talagang kitang-kita mo, especially sila Direk Olive [Lamasan] and Tita Malou [Santos, managing director of Star Cinema]. Kasi they sometimes sit down and stay to watch and observe ang mga reaction ng mga tao. Sabi nila, 'Grabe dito, parang mas masarap pang manood dito kaysa sa ibang theaters sa Manila.' Kuhang-kuha nila, e, natatawa sila."
UPCOMING PROJECTS. After In My Life, John Lloyd will soon start his next movie project with long-time onscreen partner Bea Alonzo. As a matter of fact, he attended the story conference for the project yesterday.
"Kanina, we had a story conference, kasama ko si Bea, si Maricar Reyes, at si Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina. Meron po kaming movie, kaka-start pa lang ng story conference. Konting oras pa, konting panahon pa, lalabas na 'yong script. Hopefully, on November 16, ma-hit namin ang target na first day of shooting."
John Lloyd couldn't give more details about the movie but he hinted that, "'Yong tema ng storytelling is different from all the movies that I've done before. Even it's with Bea, iba rin ito."
When asked for an update about the reported third movie with Sarah Geronimo, with whom he successfully teamed up in the movies A Very Special Love (2008) and You Changed My Life (2009), the Box- Office King said it would not be anytime soon.
"Medyo matagal pa because after nitong movie ko with Bea, soap, and I think there's gonna be a Kanto Boys movie, e. I think nasa last quarter pa ng 2010," said John Lloyd.
He added that this could be a good strategy so fans would not get used to seeing him and Sarah together in a movie.
"Baka naman umabot sa saturation point 'yong team-up," he explained. "Okay naman din to take a little break. I can't imagine naman myself doing three movies na parang trilogy, na sunud-sunod talaga. Medyo mahirap 'yon. At saka, di ba, parang maganda na 'yong mga fans, 'yong mga nanonood, mga sumuporta, parang there's more to look forward to. Kasi after the third installment, baka wala na, e. Baka naman we could save the best for last."
John Lloyd also confirmed that his primetime series with Angel Locsin will finally push through next year.
John Lloyd was last seen on television playing Armando Solis in the local adaptation of the Colombian series I Love Betty La Fea. John Lloyd says he already misses doing soap operas.
"Nami-miss ko na rin 'yong paycheck!" he joked. "Hindi, kasi lagi nilang sinasabi na mas buhay ka sa TV kasi daily. Anyway, iba rin naman kasi ang fulfillment sa film. Magkaiba sila."
HELPING TYPHOON VICTIMS. While he was in the U.S. for the world premiere of In My Life, John Lloyd was spared from the two devastating typhoons that hit the country recently.
However, the actor wouldn't consider himself fortunate because he knows that many fellow Pinoys were greatly affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
"Sabi ko nga, medyo hindi ko maintindihan kung malas ba o suwerte na wala ako dito noong nangyari 'yong mga sakuna. Hindi ko alam, masuwerte ba na wala ako dito, baka kung ano pa ang nangyari sa akin, napahamak lang tayo. Pero malas because 'yong chance kasi na na-witness ko sa Internet, sa [The Filipino Channel], 'yon bang nakita mo kung paano magtulung-tulong 'yong mga artista para makatulong sa kapwa nila," he said.
Although he missed the chance to give help during those times, John Lloyd is doing something right now to contribute for the typhoon victims.
He said, "Sayang na-miss ko ang part na 'yon. But now, makakahabol tayo. Hopefully, by tonight, makausap ko si Angel [Locsin] or si Anne [Curtis] para sa kinondak nilang Shop and Share. Initially, 'yon pa lang ang naiisip ko."
He will also be part of the upcoming Star Magic World Concert Tour, which would benefit the typhoon victims, at the Araneta Coliseum on November 13.
John Lloyd admitted he's saddened that despite the good things that have happened in his life and career this year, a natural disaster hit the Philippines. He believes that Pinoys would be stronger in facing the effects of these recent calamities by helping each other.
"I'm glad na tapos na. I'm glad na medyo nakaka-recover na tayo kahit papaano. Pero I think malayo pa, malayo pa bago tayo talaga tuluyang maging okay ang lahat.
"Sabi nga ng karamihan sa atin, parang now is the best time para magkaisa tayo at magtulungan. I think the best thing is, lumalabas ang pinaka-best ng lahat, especially 'yong mga kapwa ko artista na laging nandiyan at hindi talaga sila napapagod.
"Ang daming artista na gusto lang talagang makatulong. Nakakatuwa kasi talagang sa panahong ito, nakikita mo na hindi naman talaga nila intensiyong ipakita sa lahat na, 'Hoy, tumutulong kami.' Talagang likas lang sa kanila and nakakatuwa kasi maraming nangangailangan."