JM de Guzman Is Definitely Back For Good

  • November 10, 2018
  • INSIDESHOWBIZ.PH TEAM

It was just months ago, in late February to be exact, when JM de Guzman was feeling jittery about his impending showbiz comeback via Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi. At that time, he was unsure about how the teleserye would turn out, he told Inside Showbiz Weekly, as he was just on his first week of taping back then. Would viewers shun him because he is staging his second showbiz comeback? But as we all know now, audiences have welcomed him back with open arms because of his expected affective acting plus his explosive chemistry with leading lady Barbie Imperial.

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Now, JM de Guzman is currently part of the Jambayan segment of variety program ASAP and is even one of the interpreters in the 2018 Himig Handog songwriting competition. His heartfelt rendition of Sa Mga Bituin Na Lang Ibubulong by Kyle Raphael Borbon deserves a listen. Moreover, coming off the heels of the success of Araw Gabi, JM is set to capture the hearts of audiences once again, this time in his comeback movie, Kung Paano Siya Nawala alongside Rhian Ramos.

“Sa ngayon, gusto ko lang maging sobrang thankful doon sa mga nangyayari sa akin. Ayokong mag-expect ng mas malalaki kasi ayoko nang ma-disappoint. Enjoy ko lang siya, gawin ko lang ‘yung best ko and kung may parating na mas malaki, edi sana magulat nalang ako. Kung hindi rin naman, masaya ako. Masaya ako sa mga nangyayari so dire-diretso lang,” the 30-year-old actor comments.

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Hungry for Redemption

JM de Guzman still admits he’s being taken aback by how things turned out for Araw Gabi. “Overwhelming feeling pero masaya, masaya na maraming na-accomplish. Successful ‘yung show, hindi lang para sa akin pero para sa buong team. Sobra kaming saya pero hindi pa naman dun nagtatapos kasi I’m starting again. So masaya na meron pa rin akong opportunities na ipakita ‘yung kaya kong gawin at ‘yung kaya kong baguhin.”

On a personal level, he says of the show which aired from April to October 2018: “Nabigyan niya ako ng hope. Nabigyan niya ako ng magandang start ulit sa career ko and actually, malaki. Malaking impact ‘yung Araw Gabi sa buhay ko lalo na doon sa chapter na pinapasok ko.” However, it was not a quick adjustment for JM who had just gone through drug rehabilitation for a second time. It took him two to three months before he was able to let go of the uneasiness and fear which he felt prior to the airing of the afternoon soap opera.

JM de Guzman

“I was really scared na baka mag-perform ako nang literal kasi ang tagal kong hindi umarte and I was really hungry for redemption and parang ayokong mag-manifest ‘yun sa performance ko na parang over-acting. So binantayan ko ‘yun and basta ‘yung truth lang ‘yung gusto kong mapakita sana.” Because of this, he made a conscious effort to monitor his performances. “I always talk to my director na parang, ‘Baka puwede mong bantayan if sumusobra or kumukulang.’ Or kasi minsan hindi ko na rin napapansin kung anong ginagawa ko. Bigla nalang may lalabas.”

He also cites the team effort of his most recent teleserye, Actually, sa workshops na ‘yun between ‘yung director at kaming actors para mas malinaw ‘yung communication namin kahit hindi verbal, pakiramdaman, ganun. May ganun kaming ginawa.” And the results were favorable for the show and the JuanBie (Juan Miguel and Barbie) tandem. “Doon na-shock kami. Maraming nag-ba-bash sa amin bago mag-start yung love team kasi ‘yung malayo ‘yung age gap namin. So parang hindi sila kumakagat doon pero ‘yun, shocking.”

Facing New Struggles

While doing Araw Gabi, JM de Guzman was also shooting with Rhian for the TBA Productions movie Kung Paano Siya Nawala. “Meron siyang face blindness. Hindi siya talaga nakakakilala ng hitsura, unless meron kang palatandaan. Kunwari may tattoo ka dito, malalaman ko lang na ikaw ‘yan. Or may balat ka dito or something. Sa face, blurred siya, parang iisa ‘yung hitsura. So ‘yun ‘yung struggle niya bilang isang tao,” JM describes his film character, Lio.

JM de Guzman

It has been three years since JM de Guzman was seen on the big screen. “‘Yun ‘yung actually pinaka [malaking] so far na struggle na naranasan ko ulit nung six months na lumabas ako. Naramdaman ko ulit ‘yung walang tulog tapos kailangan mong umarte, tapos zombie ka na. Tapos ‘yung mga times na-depress ako tapos napagod. Pero naayos ko naman agad eh kasi may psychiatrist naman ako and counselor na puwede kong kausapin agad.”

Such a comeback on film has even served as a wake-up call for the actor. “Ang maganda, na-expose din naman ‘yung mga weaknesses ko pa ‘pag nasasabak ako sa ganoong sitwasyon. Mahirap pero I feel blessed na rin kasi baka warning ‘yun eh na ‘yun ‘yung mga hindi ko pinansin because of my arrogance before. [I would say,] ‘Kaya ko ‘yan, pagod lang ‘yan. Hindi. Wala. Okay lang. Hindi ko kailangang magpahinga. Hindi, diretso lang. Hindi, malakas ako.’ Tapos mamaya ma-burnout ka na.”

One of the factors that helped JM get through the shooting was his working experience with Rhian because it was such a breeze. “Sobra siyang magaling na team player. Dependable. Sobra niyang sweet sa set sa lahat ng tao. Lagi siyang may pasalubong. Lagi siyang nagpapakain. Ang lakas niya kumain eh. And masarap katrabaho. Ang dami niyang input, ang dami kong natutunan sa kaniya. Wala siyang reklamo.JM de Guzman

JM hopes that moviegoers will get to see a different side of him in Lio. “Maraming scenes na emotional, very emotional, nag-de-demand ng sobrang sincerity sa mga scenes namin. And medyo mahirap din ‘yung pag-recover ko doon sa mga scenes. Nakaka-exhaust siya so ‘yun ‘yung pinaka [malaking] challenge sa akin na maitawid ko ‘yung lahat ng eksena the way I can na hindi ubos.”

The JuanBie Connection

Followers of Araw Gabi may be surprised to see JM de Guzman paired with Rhian Ramos instead of Barbie Imperial in his latest project. Although a lot of fans are rooting for Barbie and JM to reunite in a project, JM cites the need for artists to work with other actors. “Kailangan muna namin siguro ng growth sa mga roles or whatever. Pero sana makagawa kami ng movie together.”

What’s important is that they maintain their communication even if their soap opera has wrapped up. “Nagkikita pa naman kami,” he assures. “Importante siya sa akin. Isa siyang kino-consider ko na isang espesyal na tao sa buhay ko. Mabuting kaibigan, malapit na kaibigan,” he declares with a playful smile. “Steady lang. Steady kami as in para siyang kaedad ko kung kausap ko eh. Maganda ‘yung personality niya. Parang wala siyang masyadong paki. At makulit.”

JM de Guzman

He goes on about the JuanBie partnership: “Hindi rin siya actually puro saya. Marami rin kaming struggles na hinarap hindi lang sa work pati sa labas. And naniwala naman ako na sobrang mas naging malakas ‘yung bond namin pagka kailangan ‘yung respeto namin sa isa’t isa, na-establish naman doon sa mga pinagdaanan namin doon sa show. Masaya ako. Masaya ako doon sa journey namin.”

Having formed a deep friendship with Barbie was quite unexpected because of their 10-year age gap. But JM de Guzman reveals that he has already sensed a strong connection with her when they met during the screen test. He admits that from the get-go, he was already on Team Barbie. “Pagkita ko palang sa kaniya, may naramdaman na akong parang magaang… na parang comfort. Na parang, ‘Ay ang dali. Ay parang nakakapaglaro kami sa scene.’ Magaan. And importante ‘yun kung lalo na kung romance, love story. And siguro ‘yun, ‘yung merong kaagad koneksyon. And bukod sa magaling siyang umarte and sa hitsura niya, maganda siya, ‘yun ‘yung No. 1 sa akin na naramdaman ko nung time na ‘yun.”

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A Changed Man

Looking back, and it was not too long ago, JM de Guzman admits to possessing some of the flaws that his recent characters have. In the case of his latest film character, he states, “Si Lio kasi medyo seloso. Hindi siya secure sa sarili niya dahil doon sa disability niya. And na-feel ko ‘yun before nung may mga problema pa ako. Parang gusto ko sobra akong dependent sa bagay, sa tao for my happiness and para ma-secure ‘yung ego ko or whatever. So ganun siya and ganun din ako before.”

He says of coming to terms with his shortcomings: “Mahirap kasi parang nasasampal ka sa mukha lagi ‘pag ganun ‘yung mga eksena parang, ‘Ako pala ‘to dati. Ganito rin ako eh.’ Nakakahiya pala, ang pangit pala. Pero ‘yun ‘yung reality minsan parang napagdadaanan din siguro ‘yun ng kahit walang disability.”

He is able to give a sigh of relief as he is a better man now but he is well-aware that he is still a work in progress, just like everyone else. “Happy ako siyempre. ‘Yung time na ‘yun akala mo parang ‘yun na ‘yung ikaw eh pero ‘pag may nakikita kang change sa pananaw, paradigm shift, parang masarap sa pakiramdam.”

JM de Guzman

As he is slated to take on more projects (including a movie with Arci Muñoz and a TV show under RSB Drama Unit), JM now knows how to look after himself. “May mga nakuha ako, may na-acquire ako na confidence doon sa nangyari and naging kumportable ako nang sobra pero to the point na ayoko rin naman umabot sa pagiging sobrang kampante. So lagi ko lang chine-check ‘yung sarili ko kasi mabilis ‘yung nangyari.”

He continues, “Masyadong mabilis ‘yung nangyari. Two years hindi ako lumalabas ng facility. And paglabas ko, eto lahat ‘yung nangyari. So ayoko siya ‘yung parang nangyari dati na parang napunta lahat sa ulo ko, hindi ko alam anong gagawin ko, nag-panic ako, and na-anxious. Bumagsak ako.” He pauses, then adds with a newfound self-assurance, “So lagi ko nang chine-check ‘yung sarili ko.”

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Words by Rosy Mina | Photography by Yukie Sarto | Art Direction by Nix Villaruel | Sittings Editor Vani Altomonte | Associate Publisher Walter de Jesus | Publisher Archie Carrasco | Hair by Chino Maniquiz | Makeup by Aimee Grey | Styling by Patrick Pleno | Special thanks to Star Magic, F&H, and Megamorphosis

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  • Kuya M im so proud of you .. Continue doing things right .. Stay what u are i know and we know that u have a good heart thats why god bless you more than what u think bcoz u deserve all of that Kuya.. god bless on your carer kuya. I always pray your health bcoz this past few month or week u do a lots of project so u deserve that kuya ..Tiwala lng Mahal ka din n barbie .. Hehehe im happyto both of you kuya 😘😘

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