Sarah won’t play along

PNS — SARAH Geronimo has done films before like “Lastikman,” but “A Very Special Love” is definitely her biggest assignment so far. She’s paired with John Lloyd Cruz, with whom she earlier did an episode in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” that rated well. [Click for Sarah Geronimo videos]

“At first, I was afraid, kasi identified nga siya with Bea Alonzo at baka hindi tanggapin na ipapareha siya sa akin,” she says. “But then, ang ganda ng naging feedback sa MMK episode namin, so it was even replayed. Actually, bago pa lang ako sa showbiz, dream ko ng ano kaya’t maging leading lady ko ni John Lloyd balang araw. O, heto, nagkatotoo na. First sa TV and now sa movie.

“Kung minsan nga, parang hindi pa ko makapaniwalang magkapareha na kami rito sa ‘Very Special Love.’ And I’m really thankful tinanggap niyang makapareha niya ako.”

How does she feel that some quarters are threatening to boycott their movie as they want John Lloyd to be paired only with Bea? “Nilinaw na ’yan ng fans nila, hindi raw totoo ‘yan. Sabi pa nga ng fans ng love team nila ni Bea, susuportahan daw nila kami, so walang problema. And I wish bigyan naman sana nila ng chance ang movie namin as we’re really doing our best para mapaganda ito. May maganda rin ito’t inspiring na message, which is never give up. Lalo na when your lovelife is concerned. When you really love someone, go for it. For all you know, naghihintay rin lang siya for you to make the first move.”

When it comes to her own lovelife, writers who attended the presscon of “A Very Special Love” noticed that Sarah is so uptight about it. At 20, she insists she’s not ready to fall in love yet. At one point, when some writers were teasing her and John Lloyd saying “Uy! Uy!”, Sarah said: “Yang Uy, Uy n’yo, walang maidudulot na maganda yan.”

“Ayaw makisakay,” as one newshen puts it. “Whereas si Lloydie, when asked kung he’d fall for Sarah kung wala siyang girlfriend, agad sumagot ng yes.”

“Ang problema kay Sarah,” adds another writer, “wala siyang kali bug-libog. Kung lalaki ka, hindi ka maeelya.”

But she’s being sold as a wholesome star, we remark.

“Still, kailangan, may pino-project ka pa ring kahit konting libog,” they insist.

Isn’t the director of “A Very Special Love,” Cathy Garcia Molina, scared that this might end up like “Dreamboy” when Bea was paired with Piolo Pascual, which was clobbered at the box office by Richard Gutierrez’ movie? “I want to think positive that it will not end up like that,” says the director. “Basta we’re doing our best para mapaganda ang pelikula at masiyahan lahat ng manonood nito.”