It’s been more than three years since she released her self-titled debut album and Angelina Cruz, the eldest daughter of TV actress Sunshine Cruz and actor Cesar Montano, said it was finally time for her to really get into acting. Last year, she made her small screen debut in a comedy on TV5 called John en Ellen.
“The transition from singing to acting is pretty challenging din. My last project was actually a sitcom so very light lang siya and very different from filming a movie because it’s very detailed. Kaya I had to really learn, I had to adapt. And I got help naman from direk Leo (Garcia). They were able to guide me naman when it comes to emotions and to really become my character,” she said.
The 20-year-old singer and actress said that she considers her role in the latest Star Cinema project Love is Color Blind as a big break.
“I’m really so grateful to be able to be in a movie along with Star Cinema and of course DonBelle (Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano) and to be able to play Iris. I feel like the viewers will find her very interesting. She’s an interesting character. She’s confident, she’s smart, and many more. They’ll find out sa movie. So I’m really grateful,” she admitted.
Growing up with both of her parents highly visible in showbiz, Angelina said it was her mom who gave her reminders on how to be professional in acting.
“When I told my mom about it, na ito ang first project at first movie ko, she would tell me to master the script, practice your lines, the basic advice. But more importantly, to really know your characters well and to really know the idea of everything because that’s what really helps she told me. And actually during lock-in, if there’s lines na parang hindi ko ma-pronounce well, I would ask her to send me voice memos. She would help me naman (laughs),” she said.
In the film, Angelina’s character Iris ends up dating Ino (played by Donny Pangilinan) who suffers from color-blindness while Belle Mariano plays his best friend Cara.
“It was fun. I actually knew Donny even before filming the movie because we worked together under the same record label and family friends din. So I looked forward to getting to know him more and I learned a lot because he would also help with some lines with some scenes. Working with DonBelle, I think they’re really close. You can really see their growth throughout the filming ng lock-in. They really help each other out and you can see that. They help each other grow as actors,” she recalled.
Unlike some of her peers in showbiz, Angelina has yet to be part of a love team. But the Love is Color Blind actress said she is okay with or without a constant onscreen partner. “I’m open to anything. I actually started just singing nung una and I’ve always been open to acting and now I’m here so I’m open to anything,” she added.
Love is Color Blind stars Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, John Lapus, Angelina Cruz, Jeremiah Lisbo, and Esnyr Ranollo. Directed by John Leo Garcia under Star Cinema. Tickets are available on KTX.ph.