Guji Loren­zana is get­ting a fresh start and he is ex­cited about it

Manila Bulletin - - Entertainment - By REGINA MAE PARUNGAO More of Guji So In love

It has been a long wait for Guji Loren­zana but it looks like his pa­tience has fi­nally paid off, hav­ing re­cently signed a five-year deal with Viva Artist Agency (VAA). Guji has been in the in­dus­try for nine years now. He started via ABS-CBN’s Star Magic be­fore go­ing on to be­come a free­lance ac­tor in 2015.

The ac­tor-singer be­lieves the Viva deal came at the per­fect time. At 37, he is ea­ger to es­tab­lish his mark as a ver­sa­tile ac­tor. He is will­ing to do any­thing to reach his ob­jec­tive, even if it means do­ing sexy roles.

“Ac­tu­ally ’yung edad ko da­pat mga daddy roles na ta­laga eh,” he said, laugh­ing. “But nowa­days, the au­di­ences want some­thing dif­fer­ent, that’s why I think nagkaka­roon na ng puwang for older ac­tors to do more roles.”

“I’m very thank­ful to Viva for trust­ing me. Sig­uro naki­taan nila ako ng po­ten­tial and that’s why very sup­port­ive sila sa akin. Masaya ako with them, alam kong hindi nila ako pa­pabayaan,” he added.

As part of prepa­ra­tions for his come­back, Guji is un­der­go­ing sev­eral act­ing work­shop. He has also done away with al­co­hol and smok­ing, hit­ting the gym on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“Dito sa in­dus­try, it’s a race ta­laga eh, so I re­ally have to pre­pare my­self,” he said.

Guji is not just an ac­tor, he is also a mu­si­cian ac­tively gig­ging with his band around the city.

Al­ready in the works is an al­bum for re­lease un­der Warner Mu­sic Philip­pines this Oc­to­ber, some­thing Guji de­scribes as “not your typ­i­cal show­biz al­bum.”

“Rock and al­ter­na­tive ang forte ko. The al­bum leans to­wards rock pero may mga el­e­ments na hindi mo ini-expect sa isang Guji Loren­zana,” he hinted, not­ing the al­bum con­sists of orig­i­nals he him­self wrote.

Guji is also busy with the­ater work. He was last seen on “Grease: The Mu­si­cal.”

“’Pag wala akong gi­na­gawang tele­serye or movie, nag­ba­banda ako o kaya sa mga plays. So I can say na­man na never akong nabakante, never akong nawala sa en­ter­tain­ment field,” he shared.

More, Guji writes film scripts, one of which, “The Hook Up,” is un­der pro­duc­tion. He is the film’s pro­ducer and lead ac­tor.

Guji shared “The Hook Up,” co-star­ring Kate Ale­jan­drino, is about a psy­chotic rapist who finds his vic­tims through dat­ing app Tin­der.

“Through this movie, I want to in­form ’yung mga tao about du’n sa mga dan­gers ng so­cial me­dia. Like I want to tell girls na don’t just go out with guys you meet on­line. ’Yun ’yung premise ng story ko,” he shared.

Iron­i­cally, Guji found his wife, Ch­eska No­lasco, through Tin­der.

“Sig­uro I can say na kami ’yung isa mga suc­cess story ng Tin­der,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the singer-ac­tor, he joined the pop­u­lar app to meet new peo­ple af­ter he and ac­tress Kaye Abad broke up.

“So, gu­mawa ako ng pro­file and sig­uro ’yung mga first swipe ko ’yung wife ko agad ang naki­lala ko,” he re­called.

Ch­eska is pure Chi­nese and the ac­tor re­lated he is thank­ful her par­ents al­lowed the re­la­tion­ship de­spite him be­ing a Filipino. The two tied the knot Fe­bru­ary last year. “Nili­gawan ko siya in a Filipino way ta­laga. Nag­paalam ta­laga ako sa Daddy niya and alam niyo ba na ako lang ’yung Filipino na nag­ing boyfriend niya? So ang sw­erte ko lang din ta­laga,” he said.

In any case, he hopes Viva will help him with “The Hook Up,” which he aims to sub­mit as en­try to this year’s Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

“So hope­fully mat­a­pos namin ng maayos (itong film). Pag­pa­pagu­ran at pa­ga­gan­dahin namin ’to para ma­gus­tuhan ng maram­ing tao lalo na ng Filipino au­di­ence,” he said.

GUJI LOREN­ZANA

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