Jennylyn on movie with John Lloyd: ‘Grabe ‘yung pressure’

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. Filed under: Entertainment Filipino Stars
 Jennylyn Mercado (MNS photo)

Jennylyn Mercado (MNS photo)

Kapuso star Jennylyn Mercado admitted that she is now feeling the pressure as her first movie with John Lloyd Cruz is about to hit cinemas later this month.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Just The 3 Of Us” will open in theaters on April 27 — against the much-awaited superhero flick “Captain America: Civil War.”

“Grabe ‘yung pressure,” she admitted in an interview at the set of their movie on Wednesday.

“Pero ayaw kong mag-expect ng kahit ano. Siyempre ‘yung mga ginawa niyang pelikula puro mga blockbuster so nakakatakot na baka hindi ko mapantayan,” she added referring to the box-office success of “A Second Chance.”

Mercado also said it took her some time to feel comfortable working with Cruz.

“Nakakatakot nung una kasi siyempre John Lloyd ‘yan. Hindi ba kasi magaling na aktor, so pressure para sa akin. Si Direk din may pressure para sa akin. Linggo ang inabot na (naiilang ako); ngayon mayroon pang kaunti pero medyo okay na,” the award-winning actress said.

Garcia-Molina, however, said that she and Cruz are not shifting the pressure on Mercado.

“Kami ni Lloydie hindi kami ganoon. Ayaw naming gumagawa kami ng pelikula with the pressure on your head na kailangan i-topple mo ‘yung last film mo. Unang-una you cannot please everybody. Pangalawa, kanya-kanyang sensibilidad. Parang dalawang kare-kare lang ‘yan na magkaiba ng flavor. Hindi pwedeng blockbuster pareho. ‘Yung iba, gusto ‘yung isa. So kami ay ayaw naming sumalang sa isang project na ‘kailangan tapatan natin ito.’ Kami, ang aming responsibilidad ay gawing maganda ang pelikulang ito,” the director explained.

For his part, Cruz paired his new leading lady.

“I’m not going to pretend na magkaibigan na kaming matalik (ni Jennylyn) pero wala akong nakikitang dahilan para ‘di kami maging kaibigan. She’s a fantastic co-worker — professional, dedicated and very much willing. So ‘yung mga ugaling ‘yon ay napakaimportante when you are doing a movie,” he said.

As for “Captain America,” Garcia-Molina made an appeal to moviegoers.

“Kung pwede lang sana mag-wish na hindi (tayo katapat ng ‘Captain America’) pero mayroon tayong booking, ‘yung dates na taken na ng Star Cinema a year before pa. So hindi mo sinasadya na ‘yon ang katapat mo ganoon talaga. Wala akong sinasabi na huwag niyong panoorin ang ‘Captain America.’ Pagkapanood niyo ng ‘Captain America’ panoorin niyo kami,” she said. (MNS)

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