Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz in a scene from "In My Life"
MANILA – Luis Manzano admitted that the toughest scene he ever did as an actor was when he and John Lloyd Cruz kissed for the movie “In My Life.”
Manzano’s role in the 2009 Star Cinema film earned him a best supporting actor award from the PMPC Star Awards, while Cruz was named best actor.
In an interview with Bianca Gonzalez which for her column on The Philippine Star, Manzano denied that the kissing scene was fake, recalling that he even cried after shooting the scene.
“Yung scene namin ni Lloydy in 'In My Life'… Lloydy is like a brother to me, and knowing I had to kiss him within minutes, talagang I had to get out of my comfort zone,” he recalled. “We did that scene on the Brooklyn Bridge. It was sunset. And then we kissed. Then we had a walk away from the camera. After that scene I really felt the emotion, that when we were walking away, our faces weren’t seen, I was crying.”
In a previous interview, Manzano said he initially declined the movie because of two concerns -- taking on a gay role and his kissing scene with Cruz.
Manzano, however, said he was glad that he eventually accepted the role, as he thanked Cruz for helping him in their scenes together.
Noting how his role in the movie forced him to step out of his comfort zone, Manzano said: “That kiss had no daya, not on the cheek, it was a kiss. Everything was a challenge.”
Meanwhile, Manzano also shared that his first hesitation when it came to acting was that he did not have a “trigger point.”
“I talked to Direk Wenn (Deramas) and asked, ‘Paano ako iiyak?’ When we did our first crying scene for ‘Kampanerang Kuba,’ I was emoting on set, Direk Wenn explained the scene, then he played live background music. Ah wala, I broke down.
“After a few movements of the camera, they cut, changed the setup, I was still crying. Took another shot, I was still crying. Hanggang sa standby area, sina Ate Uge (Eugene Domingo) minamasahe na yung kamay ko, di ko kayang huminto. Guess I had so much pent-up emotion and I didn’t know where it was coming from. I realized music was my trigger,” he said.
Years since he first entered showbiz, Manzano is now one of the most in-demand Kapamilya talents.