Kapamilya React: Joshua opens up on gay roles, John Lloyd comparisons

By the time Joshua Garcia entered the Pinoy Big Brother house in 2014, he won spectators’ hearts in an instant. But the success did not end there. The then-16-year-old charming boy from Batangas City made his way to showbiz, slowly since it wasn’t part of his interest at first, until he fell in love with acting and became one of today’s most popular young actors.

In this edition of Kapamilya React, the ‘next big leading man’ brings viewers to a planet of good vibes as he reacts to his past small screen portrayals.

To begin, Joshua reviewed his transformation scene from Maalaala Mo Kaya “Barbie” (2017). The episode chronicled the inspiring journey of Ernesto Guira, Jr., an LGBTQIA member who defied social stigma by raising a family with his childhood sweetheart Jonna (Loisa Andalio).

Of course, physical challenges are part of the ordeals besides the lofty emotions needed in the story. Joshua donned long wigs, skimpy outfits, high-heeled shoes, and makeup, and shed his body hair for the role. Chuckling at his transformation scene, the young actor said he was taught in his workshops to act and feel like a woman, not gay. The struggle was so real he decided to take a break from essaying gay characters. However challenging, his hard work resulted in sheer brilliance.

Joshua’s eyes can do all the talking. His smiles can melt even the coldest of hearts. His acting has so much depth. People think these qualities are reminiscent of matinee idol John Lloyd Cruz.

Joshua has been dubbed ‘the next John Lloyd Cruz’ or even ‘John Lloyd Cruz 2.0’ a lot of times. It’s no surprise given the same amount of passion they put on drama-heavy scenes and charm in kilig scenes.

Joshua would just like to clarify that he is not trying to be like John Lloyd even if his co-stars think they can be two sides of the same coin. Watching a snippet from The Greatest Love (2016), he recalled Sylvia Sanchez telling him not to copy John Lloyd’s acting style. He swears he doesn’t. He added that Sylvia was generous of her time and expertise. She helped him execute their scenes better.

“May time po before na sinabi niya sa akin na huwag kong gayahin sa John Lloyd ‘pag umaarte. Sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko naman ginagaya.’ Sabi niya, ‘Ginagaya mo kaya lang hindi mo lang nararamdaman,” he shared.

The Greatest Love brought us familial joys, struggles, and pain through the life of Sylvia’s Gloria Alegre, a mother who strived to keep her family intact despite the trials, a tragic past, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In the 2017 primetime drama The Good Son, Joshua proved he can stand out, even when pitted against other talented actors his age and plunged into intense acting face-off with screen veterans. He played Joseph, the ‘good son’ of Raquel (Mylene Dizon) and Victor (Albert Marinez) in a crime-drama series that revolved around finding the real culprit behind the latter’s mystifying death.

At that time, Joshua has fallen more in love with acting. And this passion was magnified in his outstanding portrayal. “’Yung first soap ko, makikita mong ayaw ko pang umarte. Noong nag-Joseph ako na role, noong time na ‘yun, alam kong gusto ko nang umarte. Mahal ko na ‘yung pag-arte. Noong baguhan pa ako, talagang ine-enjoy ko pa lang lahat. Malaking pagbabago, kita naman siguro,” he said.

To cap off this video is Joshua’s romantic kissing scene with Janella Salvador from the hit mystery-drama series The Killer Bride (2019). Complete with a scenic view and JoshNella’s kilig anthem playing in the background, it was both Joshua and Janella’s first onscreen kiss. The Kapamilya heartthrob turned undeniably sentimental as he looked back on that day. “Ang saya lang nung araw na ‘yun. Sa lahat ng Killer Bride taping, ayan ‘yung masasabi kong pinaka-memorable sa akin,” he reminisced.

“Sa lahat ng pinanood kong eksena ngayon, ito ‘yung, siguro dahil mas fresh, mas recent, ito ‘yung mas nalungkot ako nung nakita ko. Parang mas naramdaman ko ‘yung pagka-miss sa characters, sina Maja [Salvador],” he added.

Joshua mentioned trust and honesty as the key ingredients that made JoshNella magic real and The Killer Bride a massive success. “Iba ‘yung naging samahan, ‘yung nabuo naming friendship. Siguro dahil naging open kami sa isa’t isa. Hindi rin naman siguro magwo-work ‘yung mga scenes kung hindi kami naging open sa isa’t isa at kung wala kaming tiwala sa director namin.”

In The Killer Bride, Joshua played Elias Sanchez, the knight in shining armor to Janella’s Emma Buenaobra, caught up in the complicated tug-of-war between sham and true love as the Las Espadas ‘kween’ Camila Dela Torre spreads terror and vengeance in the old town.

Joshua’s versatility and acting chops will shine bright whatever genre he takes on. We can’t wait for his next TV series to come. For now, here’s a quick recap of some of his most unforgettable small screen portrayals.

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