Sincerely Yours

Words by: Rosario “Chats” A. Santiago

John Lloyd Cruz rides on his success

Since getting his break opposite Bea Alonzo in 2002’s Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Cruz has worked steadily in both film and television.  That initial pairing with Alonzo would spawn many other outings, as theirs would become one of the most popular loveteams of the past decade.  In 2008, Cruz would be paired with pop princess, Sarah Geronimo, in A Very Special Love.  The movie would rake in a total of Php 179,569,117 at the box office, and would give rise to two more sequels, each a bigger blockbuster than the other.  The first, 2009’s You Changed My Life, would go on to earn Php 240.44 million at the gate.  The third film in the series, It Takes a Man and a Woman, has reportedly reached Php 375 million since it opened in theaters three weeks ago.  Another 25 million and it would overtake Sisterakas as the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

In 2010, Cruz was in the top two box-office earners for that year.  His team-up with Toni Gonzaga in My Amnesia Girl took in Php 12.8 million on opening day alone, on the way to a month-long total of Php 165 million, making it the top grossing film for 2010.  Miss You Like Crazy, Cruz’s reunion movie with Bea Alonzo, would come in second with its Php 140 million total over a seven-week run.

Last year, he and Alonzo celebrated their 10th anniversary as a loveteam, with the release of The Mistress, which raked in Php 260 million in box office receipts, making it one of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time.

So what makes John Lloyd Cruz such a draw for local and even foreign-based Filipinos and such a popular leading man to different onscreen partners?  According to the actor, lack of familiarity with his leading ladies may be one factor.

“I can’t imagine having a successful tandem with someone I’m familiar with, like Jodi (Sta. Maria) who is a good friend,” Cruz said in an exclusive interview with Inquirer Lifestyle last month.  “Perhaps working with people I am unfamiliar with helps,” he added.

“I’ve known Bea for 10 years,” he went on to say.  “We were together in a number of teleseryes, but the others I only worked with recently.  Maybe because it happened this way – that we were not friends before we did the project—probably helped the chemistry.”

In the same interview, Cruz also mentioned that the key to his plausible portrayal of various characters opposite different partners stems from the honesty with which he approaches his projects.

“We can talk about all these different approaches when it comes to acting, but what I can offer is sincerity – to the material and to the character,” the actor said.

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