In his latest film More Than Blue, Diego Loyzaga said he was happy to play Yassi Pressman’s suitor John Luis in the Philippine adaptation of a 2009 South Korean drama film.
“Simple lang naman siya. Yung character ko kasi dito he’s very genuine and mahal lang niya talaga si Cream. He’s in love with her charisma, not really knowing so much yung history nila ni K. I wanted to be the guy that Cream ends up with. That’s pretty much yung need ng character ko in this story. I wanted to be her partner in life,” he shared.
Unlike his previous roles, Diego said his current role as a kind and wealthy dentist is coming from a purely good place and he can relate to that.
“Yung pinaggagalingan ng character ko is he wanted to be loved and to love also. That’s how I can relate, being in a relationship. Parang I just transcended that longingness and wanting to be loved and to love. So that’s what I did with this character who is a dentist na sosyal who falls for this character na si Cream. But yun na nga, it’s not that simple yung set-up ni Cream, K, and John. That’s the whole part of the story and yun yung makikita niyo sa movie. But that’s definitely how I saw myself in my character,” he explained.
Diego said he loved the story between lead stars Yassi Pressman and JC Santos who play best friends in the film.
“When I read the script I was very excited about it. I told Yassi about this, sabi ko, ‘When I was reading the script hindi ko masyado na-ge-gets until umabot ako sa dulo and then everything parang poured down and I said grabe itong pelikulang ‘to, ang bigat,’ sabi ko (laughs). And then when I was thinking about my character and how I was supposed to do John Luis, honestly it’s Yassi and JC who will bring you to tears and make you feel what you’re supposed to feel from this movie,” he shared.
Preparing for his role was easy and by the book according to the More Than Blue actor.
“I’d always keep on asking, ‘Direk, okay lang ba yung ginawa ko?’ and then sasabihin ko I could have done it differently and then he’d tell me, ‘Okay yun Diegs. Talagang kailangang ganun si John Luis.’ And then parang I’d always go back and think, ‘Would Diego really do this?’ Parang hindi. Pero in the story John Luis is like this so direk would reassure me that it’s okay. I’m happy with the overall performance. I’m happy with yung nakita ko kasi I dubbed so napanuod ko na ng onti. So overall it was an incredible experience. It was my first time working with these guys na ganito katindi yung project. So I was very happy,” he said.
With his own real life relationship with Barbie Imperial currently in the headlines, Diego shared what he would be willing to sacrifice for the sake of love.
“Ang dami kong puwedeng sabihin dyan ah. That’s a very hard to answer question. Literally everything and anything as this movie shows. As K and Cream shows. Actually even my character here, ewan ko kung sabihin mong martir or tanga pero ang sakit din na parang mahal mo yung isang tao tapos alam mong yung taong yun may mahal pang iba. Or yung hindi pa siya nakakapag-move on sa isang tao. And I guess understanding and sacrifice, parang kasama siya eh, so in real life there are always sacrifices when there is something you and your partner disagree on, any certain topic or everything (laughs). Mag-sa-sacrifice ka.
“Alam ko they say that if you really love a person you’re not supposed to ask them to change. Pero parang ikaw sa sarili mo, maybe this doesn’t apply to everyone pero for myself, if I really love a person, as much as possible I won’t do anything to hurt the person I love. So by changing or making myself different, I also sacrifice something in exchange of becoming a different person for the person I love,” he revealed.
More Than Blue starring Yassi Pressman, JC Santos, Diego Loyzaga, and Ariella Arida is now available for streaming on Vivamax. Directed by Nuel Naval.