We totally agree with movie critic Philbert Dy: It is indeed John Lloyd Cruz’ year.
His brilliant performances on critically-acclaimed films Honor Thy Father, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, and Ang Babaeng Humayo, are proof of this, and the award-giving bodies did not fail to notice. He won Best Actor at this year’s Gawad Urian for Honor Thy Father.
[related: Hot Stuff: John Lloyd Earns First Gawad Urian Award for His Role in "Honor Thy Father"]
In the August 2016 issue of Metro Society, John Lloyd opened up to Philbert about helping out the local cinema industry and pursing his passion for art cinema. Here are seven quotes from Metro Society’s cover story that best describe John Lloyd’s passion as an artist, and his efforts in making Filipinos appreciate art films better:
1. On his definition of success: “How do you really measure success? For me, it’s just personal satisfaction.”
2. On the importance of doing art films even if he has made multiple top-grossing commercial films: “I just think that by doing the kind of work I’ve been doing, I’m contributing something. Just having the work out there is helping in its own way.”
3. On those questioning his decision to pursue art cinema, given that there is no sizable audience for it: “You just have to believe in the work.”
4. On working with people who may have views different from him: “I think as an actor, I want to be thought of as a collaborator.”
5. On honing his skills as an actor: “You don’t want to be too comfortable.”
6. On how important is cinema to him: “Cinema is my root, it’s where I come from.”
7. On the end goal of his pursuit of honing his acting skills: “When I think about why I do things, it always goes back to helping the industry.”
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