EXCLUSIVE: JM de Guzman on His Hunger For Redemption

  • November 20, 2018
  • INSIDESHOWBIZ.PH TEAM

It has been a tough few years for JM De Guzman who has battled his way through drug addiction publicly. The actor has celebrated his second outing from rehab this year and has proven to critics and audiences that he’s back for good and now more focused on becoming better in his craft.

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While JM has faced strong battles in the past years, 2018 seemed to be a good year for him as he finished his lead performance in Araw Gabi with flying colors and delivered another brilliant performance in Kung Paano Siya Nawala, his latest film which he co-stars with Rhian Ramos.

Rhian Ramos

Up until now, the actor admits to still 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.

“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.”

JM de Guzman

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 (JM’s love team with Barbie Imperial) 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.”

Read more on Inside Showbiz Weekly’s issue with JM de Guzman.

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