JM De Guzman: “It’s just like starting all over again.”
By Ricky Calderon
Photos by: Jason Pascua
“She inspires me. She’s my lucky charm. She pushes me to fight and never give up.” – on his girlfriend, Jessy Mendiola
“I’m afraid to make mistakes, especially now that I have given another chance in my career,” reveals the award-winning actor, JM De Guzman. “I have learned my lesson well.” JM had a very promising career, but he hit rock bottom when he got into a drug problem.
But as they say, you can’t keep a good man down. It is by his resolve that he decided to rise from his mistake and pick up from where he left off. He is thankful to ABS-CBN, his mother network, for giving him another chance. First came the hit indie film That Thing Called Tadhana which he did for Cinema One Originals. The film, which he co-starred with Angelica Panganiban, won several awards at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival last November. And he earned a best actor nomination for this Antoinette Jadaone film.
Several acting nominations also came his way in the current awards season. It was a sign that all is well in JM’s world. JM is thankful to have been given a second chance, not only by his home network, but also by his loyal audience. Debuting on the TV screen on August 31 (Monday), is his new teleserye titled “All of Me” where he pits his wares with Albert Martinez and Yen Santos, among others. It is his comeback in this genre. It makes him feel like it is his first acting project. “I really feel like it’s my very first acting assignment,” says JM. At times, he says, he somehow gets out of focus. “I sometimes feel that I am eaten up by the pressure. I am afraid to make mistakes. I only want to give my best. But I have a very supportive team. They try to understand how I feel and they help me adjust.” To keep him in control of the situation, JM tries to combat the pressure mightily. And he gets the strength from God, from his family who never gave up on him, and for his grandfather, whose dying wish was to see him again on TV. “And I am also doing this for myself, to prove to myself and to my future kid that I may have fallen but I also picked up myself and rose up again,” he explains.
Also getting the credit for JM’s new found lease on his career is his girlfriend Jessy Mendiola. He also wants to dedicate to her his TV comeback . He says Jessy’s love for him and his memories of her kept him afloat. It was the sexy actress who inspired him to rise up and move on anew. Even before I started work in That Thing Called Tadhana, she (Jessy) had been the one telling me that I can do it,” he shares. JM also admits that he and Jessy sometimes experience problems, just like any couple, but it’s not true that their relationship is on the rocks. He stresses that his girlfriend is a big factor in his life and in his career. Now that she has given him a second chance on love, he wants to make good at it and protect their relationship.