10 of Our Most Favorite John Lloyd Cruz Roles Ever

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(SPOT.ph) Think of the best Pinoy romance movies you’ve seen over the past decade or so, and what do they have in common? Most of them probably star John Lloyd Cruz. No matter who he’s been paired with or what role he’s had, you can be sure he’s made audiences cry, swoon, and fall in love every time. More than just being a reliable romantic leading man, however, he’s also ventured into darker and more serious roles that show off his versatility as an actor.


To celebrate his latest film, we decided to look back at some of John Lloyd’s most memorable career highlights, which ultimately proves he’s going to be around for a long, long time.



Tabing Ilog (1999 to 2003)

Like many celebrities, John Lloyd's career began with teen-oriented roles, including Gimik and Nagbibinata. One of his earliest—and still most memorable—projects is Tabing Ilog, where he played Rovic to Kaye Abad’s Eds. Although their love-team tandem was immensely successful, his breakthrough role came in 2003 for the show Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. This was the first time he was paired with his perennial leading lady, Bea Alonzo.



One More Chance (2007)

The irresistible chemistry between JLC and Bea soon landed the duo one project after another, including It Might Be You in 2003, Maging Sino Ka Man in 2006, and I Love Betty La Fea in 2009. But nothing—and we mean nothing—could compare to 2007’s One More Chance, which remains so popular to this day that fans can still recite its hugot quotes word for word, John Lloyd’s crying face is still a funny meme, and its 2015 sequel was a box-office smash.




A Very Special Love (2008)

John Lloyd seems to have chemistry with any leading lady paired with him, including Sarah Geronimo. The love story of Miggy and Laida was so beloved that it spawned two more successful sequels: You Changed My Life in 2009 and It Takes a Man and a Woman in 2013. More recently, JLC and Sarah reunited for the Star Cinema film, Finally Found Someone, which has an entirely different storyline.



In My Life (2009)

In 2009, he began to venture out of his comfort zone with this Olivia Lamasan-helmed LGBT drama alongside Luis Manzano. Filmed on location in New York, he plays the boyfriend of Luis’ character and has many verbal clashes with the latter’s mother (Vilma Santos), who can’t quite accept her son’s relationship.

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My Amnesia Girl (2010)

John Lloyd’s list of projects with Toni Gonzaga is considerably shorter compared to his other leading ladies, but My Amnesia Girl remains a strong favorite in our book. This isn’t the first movie to use witty banter and one-liners by any means, but these two made it work. Plus, there’s that famous Post-It scene that we’ll always love.



Imortal (2010 to 2011)

After a series of successful films, he returned to the small-screen for the fantasy series, Imortal, opposite Angel Locsin. The sequel to 2008’s Lobo had John Lloyd playing an ass-kicking vampire destined to battle Angel’s character and her clan of werewolves. The two recently reprised their roles in the currently airing third installment, La Luna Sangre.




The Mistress (2012)

He starred in three films in 2012, the most notable one being The Mistress, which incidentally also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the JLC-Bea tandem. Bea played Sari, a young seamstress torn between two men: a married older man (Ronaldo Valdez) and his son (played by John Lloyd). The film was directed by Olivia Lamasan, and is widely regarded as the love team’s most mature movie to date.



The Trial (2014)

Directed by Chito S. Roño and co-written by Ricky Lee, The Trial allowed for John Lloyd to really stretch his acting muscles as a mentally challenged man put on trial for allegedly raping his teacher (Jessy Mendiola). It also starred Gretchen Barretto, Richard Gomez, Sylvia Sanchez, Vivian Velez, and Enrique Gil.



Honor Thy Father (2015)

John Lloyd continued his foray into darker, more serious roles with the Erik Matti-helmed MMFF entry. Here, he portrayed Edgar, a mild-mannered father who is driven to desperation after losing everything in a botched investment scheme. Both local and foreign critics praised his performance that showed off his remarkable range of subtlety and raw physicality. He later won his first Gawad Urian trophy for Best Actor.



Ang Babaeng Humayo (2016)

John Lloyd went on to join two critically acclaimed Lav Diaz films: 2016’s Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis, where he played Isagani and 2016’s Ang Babaeng Humayo, portraying a transgender woman named Hollanda. The latter won the coveted Golden Lion trophy from the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.



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