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John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin react to the issue that Imortal is a Twilight rip-off

More than the ratings, 'Imortal' lead stars John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin say that their priority is to please their audience.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

10/13/2010 9:00 AM
John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin react to the issue that Imortal is a Twilight rip-off


The successful pilot week of the primetime teleserye Imortal is a big relief for its main stars Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz, who revealed that they were worried at first about viewers'rsquo; reaction to the teleserye. "Nung sinabing eere na kami hindi namin alam kung ano'rsquo;ng ie-expect namin, kung ano'rsquo;ng magiging reaksyon ng mga tao, kung matatanggap ba nila ang mga bampira at mga lobo," shared Angel. "Kami ngayon ay nagpapasalamat sa mainit na pagtanggap at pagsuporta at sana po ay magtuloy-tuloy dahil simula pa lang ito." John Lloyd added that the main challenge to them now is to sustain the viewing public'rsquo;s interest in the show.

Though they are grateful for the high ratings, Angel pointed out that pleasing her audience is more important to her. "Ever since naman hindi naman ako nag-[depend] sa ratings. Mas gusto ko 'lsquo;yung nararamdaman ko na naa-appreciate ng tao 'lsquo;yung ginagawa ko. It'rsquo;s not about ratings. Kung sa tingin mong nagugustuhan ng mga tao 'lsquo;yun ang imporatnte sa akin. Andito ako para sa tao na nagmamahal [sa akin]."

John Lloyd and Angel also reacted to claims that Imortal, just like its prequel, Lobo is very much like the popular Twilight movie series that are based on the best-selling books. The actor revealed that he has watched the said movies, but he stressed that there is big difference between Imortal and Twilight. "Hindi mo naman 'lsquo;yan pwedeng gawing peg [dahil] unang-una ibang orientation ng foreign movie making. Iba sila," he said.

Angel supported her leading man'rsquo;s statement and justified that Lobo (prequel of Imortal) started airing many months before the first Twilight movie was released. "Siguro may mga na-adapt, nag-draw kami ng inspiration sa kanila pero sa amin kasi nauna, 2007 pa lang may Lobo na."