After the successful pairing of John Lloyd Cruz and SarahGeronimo in the movie A Very Special Love, the 25-year-old actor is backon his long-time onscreen partner Bea Alonzo in I Love You, Betty La Fea. He will be playing the leading man, ArmandoSolis, on this Philippine adaptation of Columbian series.
Although John Lloyd has been very vocal about his plans oftrying out new things for his showbiz career, it did not come as surprise tomost of their fans that John Lloyd would be paired again with Bea.
John Lloyd confessed that he knew about this even before theshowing of the movie A Very Special Love. However, he explained in an interview after the press conferenceof I Love You, Betty La Fea last night in ABS-CBN compound that he hadto keep it for the promotion of the film.
"Nalaman ko naman talaga, bago ipalabas 'yong A VerySpecial Love," he said, "And siyempre, kailangan din naman nila akongmaintindihan na kailangan kong mapangalagaan ang kapakanan ng pelikula. Secondly, ginawa nilang ano, 'yong sequenceng pagpapakilala, e. Una, si Bea asBetty La Fea, 'tapos si Ruffa, 'tapos si Vhong, 'tapos ako."
What happened to his intention of staying away from his teamup with Bea for a while?
The actor said that he would like to do this if he would begiven a choice. He further explained,"'Yong dati kasi na hindi ko pa alam, kung papipiliin ka, baka puwedeng hindimuna. Siyempre, mayroon kang sarilimong gustong mangyari, e. Pero kapaghinarap na sa 'yo sa palad mo—ang offer, ang istorya, ang papel mo, gagampananmo dito—mapapaisip ka rin. Parangguguhurin 'yong na-set mo, e. Parangkailangan mo rin talaga ng sustaining [project]. "
Another reason that John Lloyd pointed out was the cravingof their fans to have another Bea-John Lloyd project together. He said, he could not resist therequests of their fans who have brought them the fame they have now.
"Ako, ang laki kasi ng naging impact sa akin na maramitalaga ang naghihintay sa amin, parang ang daming naghihintay ng project saamin ni Bea. Siyempre, ako, gusto ko lang ibalik kasi for eight years ngasinuportahan kami ni Bea bilang team up.
"So parang ito, panibagong vehicle para sa team up namin natalagang nanggigil sila na parang, ‘Please, gawin n'yo ‘yan, gawin n'yo‘yan.' Ang ayaw naman naming i-let down'yong mga taong sumuporta sa amin ng ganung kahabang panahon. Somehow, we owe it to them. Ang laki ng ginampanan nilang papel sa aminkaya kami tumagal hanggang ngayon."
JOHN LLOYD-SARAH MOVIE SEQUEL. John Lloyd also confirmed during theinterview that there are plans to do a follow-up movie on A Very SpecialLove. Upon knowing this, John Lloydfeels both excited and nervous.
The young actor admitted that he was afraid about the hugesuccess of his first movie with the Popstar Princess. "Nakakatakot na kapag naging successful ka [sa movie],nakakatakot na kung hindi mo mapantayan, dapat malagpasan mo. E, 'di ba, bihira sa sequel na mapantayan onalampasan 'yong part one."
In fact, he was very nervous that he said, "Nakakatakotlang, pero kung ako ang papipiliin, huwag na muna. Iwan na muna natin doon sa ganoong kataas."
Despite this, John Lloyd still believes in their team up andthinks that they can still give something more to their audience. "Pero siyempre, kagaya ng kahit ano'ngsuccessful movie, kailangan mong sundan," he said.
There are rumors that this movie may compete with thesecond installment of KC Concepcion-Richard Gutierrez flick since it is alsointended for Valentine's day.
"Hindi ko alam kung head on talaga ang pagtatapat, e. Feeling ko may magbibigay, e," said JohnLloyd.
Later on he thought, "Imposible naman daw 'ata, e. Pero kasi nagkakaroon ng conflict dahil siKC, may Sharon dito, associated pa rin sa ABS-CBN and hindi naman sigurogagawin ng Star Cinema 'yon."
WORKING WITH OTHER NETWORK'S TALENTS. Like other actors who are bound to exclusivecontract with their mother networks, John Lloyd is also open to the idea ofworking with other celebrities from the rival network.
Before, he wished for a project with Angel Locsin when shewas still with GMA-7. Now, there arereports saying that Regal Entertainment wants to pair him with GMA-7's primeactress Marian Rivera.
John Lloyd felt glad to hear about this plan. He said, "Siguro, nanggagaling 'yon doon sauhaw naming mga artista dito na parang, alam mo ' yon, gusto mong makatrabahokahit hindi mga flag-bearer ng kabila. Ngayon, siyempre may gusto kang makatrabaho. Kung mabibigyan ngpagkakataon, talagang gugustuhin ko."
What does he feel about the possibility of him working with Marian?
"I'm very excited, sa idea pa lang nga, e, nae-excite naako, what more kung mag-materialize," ended John Lloyd.