It’s been three years since we last saw him on the big screen in the blockbuster hit That Thing Called Tadhana but JM De Guzman said he is thankful to land another starring role in the newest TBA Studios romance Kung Paano Siya Nawala. In the film, JM plays the role of a man dealing with a condition called facial blindness, making it difficult for him to form relationships in everyday life. “I just feel grateful. I feel blessed na mabigyan ako ng ganitong role and opportunity again to be part of this good story and excited lang ako and at the same time kinakabahan,” he shared during the Kung Paano Siya Nawala press launch held last October 31 in Quezon City.
During the event, JM admitted that during the more challenging part of his life, he had to re-evaluate himself, especially now that more and more celebrities are popping up, making the industry even more competitive. “Marami akong insecurities. Actually before may nagsabi sa akin na isang kuya na maraming bago, maraming mas bata, maraming mas magaling sa ‘yo, mas maraming disiplinado. And at first hindi ko pa yun matanggap dati, medyo arogante pa ako nun. ‘Hindi, hindi mas magaling ako sa kanila. Mas mabait ako sa kanila, mas professional ako sa kanila.’ Pero it’s something that I have to accept. Hindi na rin ako bumabata. Pa-improve na ng pa-improve yung industriya natin and ang dami ko ng nakikita na magaling. so I just have to enjoy everything and appreciate everything and do my best,” he revealed.
Even though he admitted that he is still trying to overcome his insecurities, JM said he always wants to keep a positive mindset. “Nag-ma-manifest pa rin naman siya. Iinisip ko na lang na hindi siya makakatulong eh sa akin. Lahat naman ng tao meron nun pero just enough confidence na itaas ko yung ulo ko and enough humility to keep my feet grounded. Masaya ako ngayon sa nahanap kong confidence sa sarili ko. It’s raw. Hindi siya nanggagaling sa substance or katulad dati pag may ganitong ganap or event, I need something to hype me up or ma-boost yung confidence ko. Now it’s raw and ngayon ko lang na-experience yung ganitong feeling na kakabahan ka sa simula tapos sa huli natutuwa ka na. Tapos parang sa huli ang sarap na,” he explained.
Kung Paano Siya Nawala stars JM De Guzman and Rhian Ramos. Directed by Joel Ruiz under TBA Studios. It opens in theaters nationwide starting November 14.