John Lloyd Cruz remarked that The Trial is very different from the movies he has done in the past. "Kinakabahan pa din kasi ngayon ko lang siya nakita eh and it's quite different. It’s really not the usual Star Cinema movie. I’m quite excited rin naman how it translated in terms of ‘yung reception ng tao. Pati ‘yung storytelling niya iba eh. It's non-linear, iba. I think na-achieve talaga ni direk Chito (Roño) kung anong nangyari to be able to come up with something different,” he said during in an interview with Push.com.ph and other members of the media during the premiere night of The Trial last Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
John Lloyd further shared that his new movie tells a story of hope that everyone can relate to. "Mabigat siya but it gives hope to every story sa audience na parang kung makaka-relate sila parang it gives a different kind of hope kasi para sa amin kasi every story is a love story, magkakaiba klase lang but ito talaga kakaiba. I think na-achieve talaga ni direk Chito ‘yung gusto niyang mangyari."
The actor was spotted with his girlfriend Angelica Panganiban during the premiere night. With numerous celebrities who were recently engaged, is John Lloyd pressured to propose to and settle down with Angelica? "Alam mo, I’m sure malalaman rin niyo naman kung kailan. Kahit ako hindi ko pa alam eh so siguro dapat malaman ko muna and then malalaman niya and then malalaman niyo. I think ‘yon ‘yung tamang process,” he said.
He added, “Pero at this point wala pa. You know I think marami lang nagiging masaya and sobrang saya nila papunta na sila don [sa kasal] and I can’t blame you asking kasi nasa tamang edad na ako nasa tamang edad na kami pero wala pa. Siguro kung mangyari man I’m sure malaman niyo rin," he said.
John Lloyd also explained the "happy" photo which was posted by Panganiban on Instagram. Many netizens assumed that the post was a response to the ongoing controversy courtesy of Derek Ramsey’s estranged wife. John Lloyd explained, "Yun sometimes talaga sa mga pagkakataong ganyan ‘yung paminsan minsan ano eh epekto ng social media na sa mga pagkakataon that you want tp share your happiness or you want to share that moment na sometimes when you’re happy and you're sad at that time. Siguro parang we just want to post something na genuine and real sa amin, siguro ‘yun lang ‘yun nothing more, nothing less."