"Hindi siya ganun kadali."
These were the words of John Lloyd Cruz as he described fatherhood in an interview with G3 San Diego for Mega Entertainment.
The actor has a son named Elias with his ex-partner Ellen Adarna.
"Parang pang pelikula lang pala yung ano - 'yung parang nalaman mo parang, ‘Magiging tatay na ako!’ Para sa akin hindi. I mean, kung ano yung nangyari sa akin, hindi. To each its own. Baka naman sa iba, totoo ‘yun and you can never tell kung ‘yun ay totoo o hindi. Okay yan, ‘yung nangyari sa ‘yo. Pero para sa akin… We wanted it eh. Alam naman na namin na it was going to happen,” John Lloyd said in the interview.
The actor also admitted that his journey as a new parent back then was challenging because he and Ellen were facing personal trials that time as well.
“Halu-halo kasi siya eh. Ang dami nangyari at that time… like 'yung father ni Ellen (Adarna) passed away two weeks before pinanganak si Elias and she was going through motherhood, becoming a mother and our own personal issues. ‘Di ba parang lahat ang dami nangyari," he said.
The actor added, "And halos walang time actually to reflect on what’s happening on a day-to-day basis. And I was going through my own."
On what are the similarities he can see between him and his son, the actor relayed, "Bibig, mata. Meron siyang ginagawa sa bibig niya, sa mata na kakabahan ka eh kasi… pero magbabago pa naman ‘yon. But he’s very stubborn like me and like the mother."
John Lloyd also shared his favorite moment with Elias.
"He’s about to turn three. Very active siya so madalas hindi na siya nakakapag-nap in the afternoon. So pagka ganun, at you see him winding down at night, pipikit-pikit yung mata niya nilalabanan niya. ‘Yun yung gustong gusto ko na parang alam mo na napagod siya today so it’s a good day," he shared.