Star Cinema offers another potential blockbuster pairing: John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga

Two of the most bankable stars of Star Cinema—John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga—are paired in a movie that's raising expectations in the box office.


Host and actress Toni Gonzaga was all praises for John Lloyd Cruz, her new partner in an upcoming Star Cinema film, in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on their first shooting day at Grilla restaurant in Libis, Quezon City, last night, September 2.

"Ako, kahit siguro hindi ko makakatrabaho si John Lloyd sa mga eksena ngayon, e, alam na alam naman natin yung husay niya at ang galing-galing niya sa trabaho niya. At bilang isang actor ay isa din ako sa mga pinahanga niya. Isa siya sa pinakamasuwerteng actor sa henerasyon natin ngayon," Toni said.

John Lloyd, on the other hand, gave the credit to others in Toni's statement.

"Masuwerte tayo kasi nahahawakan tayo ng mga director na hindi tayo pinapabayaan, tulad ni Direk Cathy [Garcia-Molina]," said the multi-awarded actor.

He likewise returned the favor and confessed that he is a fan of Toni and is very eager to work with her.

"Im very excited kasi matagal na akong fan ng humor ni Toni, ng work ni Toni, yung talent niya, yung hosting. Sa ganoong aspeto, wala akong magiging rason para hindi ako ma-excite na parang finally makakatrabaho ko siya sa pelikula," said John Lloyd about his leading lady.

For her part, Toni said it took days before it sunk in that she would be paired with John Lloyd.

"Siguro kasi alam ko, kasi iba yung tinatahak ng career ni John Lloyd," she said. Then, she told John Lloyd: "Siyempre, kumpara sa mga dati mong roles, iniisip ko yung mga susunod mong mga roles, ano na, e, action star ka na, e!"

John Lloyd gave out a reply that invited laughter from the people inside the restaurant. "Actually kasi, akala niya, parang after Luis Manzano, parang tuluyan nang masisira na career ko," he said, referring to his kissing scene with Luis in the movie In My Life where they played gay lovers.

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"Kasi, puro lalake na gusto mong ka-partner!" was Toni's quick reply.

NEW TEAM-UP. John Lloyd and Toni have worked together before, in the defunct ABS-CBN teleserye Maging Sino Ka Man Book 2. But both admitted that this movie project is different because they will assume roles as a loveteam.

How are they getting along with each other?

"Actually, hanggang ngayon, hindi pa kami masyado ka-at ease," admitted Toni. "Pero I'm sure in the coming days, and with the help of Direk Cathy and the crew and everybody else... Kasi si John Lloyd, kilala na yung mga staff ni Direk Cathy, tapos ako naging pamilya ko na din sila. Hindi magiging mahirap para sa aming dalawa."

John Lloyd, who was very relaxed that night, said jokingly, "Nasabi na ni Toni gusto ko lahat sabihin... Nabasa niya utak ko!"

Will there be a kissing scene in their movie. And if there will be one, would it hamper their respective relationships? Toni has been with director Paul Soriano for a few years now, while John Lloyd admitted his relationship with Shaina Magdayao a few months ago.

"Tingin ko naman, ang kissing scene, hindi naman ito lagi ang climax ng isang pelikula. Siguro pampadagdag sa lasa, pero hindi ito yung bumubuo sa pelikula. Dadating tayo diyan... Hiwalay naman lagi ang personal..." Toni explained, to which John Lloyd nodded.

WORTH WATCHING. John Lloyd and Toni gave out reasons why their yet-untitled movie is worth watching.

John Lloyd said, "Di ko alam if I can speak for Toni ano, pero naniniwala ako na iyong mga sumusuporta o tumatangkilik sa iyo ay yung hindi lamang interesado sa iyong personal na buhay. Pero ang sinusubaybayan nila ay iyong trabaho mo and kung ano iyong mai-o-offer mo. And sa tingin ko lang, ha, ganun din siguro yung mga sumusuporta kay Toni."

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Toni was consistent when she said, "[Dapat suportahan nila ito] dahil si John Lloyd. Dahil siya mismo. Dahil yung husay niya. 'Tsaka pag pelikula niya, alam mong papanoorin mo dahil alam mong dekalidad. "

John Lloyd expressed gratitude to his fans who are equally excited for him for this particular project.

"Salamat para sa mga talaga namang nag-aabang at nae-excite. It's a big thing. Malaking bagay 'yon para sa amin kasi parang binibigyan nila kami ng chance as actors na mag-explore ng isang bagay na medyo critical, medyo crucial, di ba?" the 27-year-old actor said.

Toni, on the other hand, asked the public to give this unlikely teamup a chance.

"Kung binigyan kami ng Star Cinema ng chance, sana bigyan din kami ng chance ng mga tao para makapasok sa puso nila," she said.

Aside from the teamup, John Lloyd promised that this movie will offer something new.

"Yung pagbabago will come from kung ano yung pine-peg naming timpla or tono ng pelikula, na siyempre yung director ang hahawak. In that sense, I think we have something new to offer to the public," he said.


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