John Lloyd Cruz talked about his time away from the limelight and what he wants to achieve now that he’s inching his way back to it, in a rare interview with Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairwoman Rachel Arenas.
The virtual one-on-one started with a catch-up with the actor. Right now, he’d like his fans to know that he and his family are doing well and is grateful for it.
“Okay naman. Mabuti naman. Walang nagkakasakit sa pamilya. Kasi dun ako sa Cebu na-lockdown, eh. Intentionally dun talaga ako nagpaabot. Nung medyo lumawag-luwag na, nagkaroon ng chance to go to Manila. Ngayon, medyo patumbling-tumbling kung saan-saan.”
John Lloyd has not been seen in a film or a TV series in years and to him, the time he’s spent away from the industry felt like a much-needed break. In fact, it was needed so strongly that it somehow seemed like added work.
“Isa sa realizations ko is kahit pala feeling mo tumigil sa work physically, akala mo tumigil ka sa pagtatrabaho, pero essentially, kahit sabihin mong parang napahaba ‘yung ‘pause,’ parang work pa rin siya, eh. Very necessary din… It all boils down sa ’yo, ‘kung ano 'yung mga kailangan mo pang gampanan. So in the end, para rin siyang trabaho.”
Although, later in the interview he shared that he has no regrets in the life decisions he made. “Dapat walang regrets, kung 'di lessons learned.”
John Lloyd spent time not only as a private citizen, but a dad to his son Elias as well. He explained that being a father is like getting a new life and now, he wants nothing but happiness for his child, no matter where he would find it.
“Para kang nagkaroon ng bagong buhay. His dreams will be so much bigger... Para magawa lang niya ‘yung talagang hangad ng damdamin niya or kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin, kung gusto maging astronaut, kung gusto niya maging tambay. Kumbaga susuporta lang ako.”
The “One More Chance” star may not have regrets, but he sure does have some things he’d want to change in his career. Now that his comeback is on the horizon, he wants to make sure that he doesn’t make the same “mistakes.”
“Kung ano ‘yung mga hindi nag-work before, I would want to correct it now that I have the chance. Parang ano ba ‘yung mga pwedeng i-improve, ano ba ‘yung mga pwede nating mas pagtuuan ng pansin in terms of management. Kasi parang hindi nag-work ‘yung unang approach mo eh. Hindi siya sustainable.”
As an actor, he couldn’t ask for better projects than the ones he received throughout his career. All he wishes now is to be able to work with many talents, especially the up-and-coming ones he has heard about.
“Bilang aktor, wala na kong mahihiling pa. Ang dami ko pang gusto kong makatrabaho. Masarap magtuluy-tuloy sa trabaho dahil marami pang pagkakataon. I was told about new talents who have lots of potential — I don’t want to miss that!”
John Lloyd is starring in Lav Diaz’ upcoming film “Servando Magdamag”, based on the Palanca Award-winning short story by Ricky Lee of the same title.
He is also expected to reunite with Bea Alonzo in a film written by Carmi Raymundo and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Watch his full interview here:
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