Making a mark in the entertainment industry has gotten more challenging over the years even for showbiz scions. Take for example the latest screen tandem of Diego Loyzaga and AJ Raval, children of actor-producer-director Cesar Montano and veteran actress Teresa Loyzaga and ‘90s action star Jeric Raval and former sexy star Alyssa Alvarez, respectively — the pair know they have to prove their worth despite their famous surnames, and yet they have no plans of completely detaching themselves from their moms and dads’ identities.
Headliners of Viva Films’ newest offering “Death of a Girlfriend,” Diego knows he needs to pursue his own strengths in acting, without making a big fuss about making a name on his own.
“Hindi ko na ginagawan ng effort na sadyain kong makawala sa shadows ng parents ko kasi kahit ano mang gawin ko, never naman siyang mawawala eh. Legend na si erpat; there’s no way I can step out of his shadow. And my mom naman, she’s a really great actress and an even better singer, so I can never outsing her,” he good-naturedly laughed.
“So for me, I think the best thing is to do my own thing and strive to be great at what I am doing. If the day comes that I make a hit as big my parents did, I’d be very happy and I’m always going to be proud of them,” he added.
AJ, on the other hand, never hides the fact that she got into showbiz because of her dad. In fact, she always says she even hopes to be a female version of her action star dad.
“Sa totoo lang po gusto ko mag artista kasi nakikita ko po yon sa kanya mismo. Ayaw ko din pong mag-step out of his shadows and gusto ko nandiyan lang siya palagi. Of course, it’s because of him na hindi ako nahirapan makapasok ng showbiz,” she admitted.
AJ knows, however, that to stay on, she can’t just depend on her dad’s stardom. Besides finishing “Death of a Girlfriend,” she is currently hard at work on the set of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” as Police Captain Andrea Villar.
Determined to prove her worth, she added, “Sana din po mabigyan ako ng chance to do an action movie.”
For now, the good looking young ones are more than grateful for the chance to headline a full-length movie this early in their careers, with no less than the noted horror film director Yam Laranas of “Sigaw” and “Aurora” at the helm.
“Death of a Girlfriend,” according to the onscreen tandem, delves into the mystery love story genre and thereby presenting a highly intriguing plot.
“It’s actually based on a true story that happened in France that’s why the characters of Diego and AJ are so real when you watch the movie,” Laranas excitedly chimed in. “I love character-driven stories like this and this one even involves a lot of mystery that audiences will definitely look forward from one scene to the next.”
Death of Girlfriend is presented in different points-of-view of a brutal crime. When Christine (AJ) does not show up on her usual walk to school, her boyfriend Alonzo (Diego) is quick to worry something isn’t right. He sees two suspicious people running out of the woods and immediately reports them to the authorities.
The two prime suspects — a forest ranger, and a drug-dealing farmer — are then interrogated by the police for Christine’s disappearance thereby giving their own versions of the story.
When Christine’s body is found in the woods, Alonzo finds out he isn’t spared from suspicion and is forced to tell his truth as well.
Watch Diego Loyzaga and AJ Raval as Death of a Girlfriend holds its world premiere today across multiple streaming platforms, ktx.ph, iWantTFC, TFC IPTV, SKY PPV and Viva’s own Vivamax on Google Play Store and App Store.