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