John Lloyd Cruz (MNS photo)

John Lloyd Cruz (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Several big stars, from Judy Ann Santos to Maja Salvador, have ventured into indie films.

Is Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz planning to follow suit?

The actor, whose last movie is “It Takes a Man and a Woman” with Sarah Geronimo, said he is open to doing indie films, but not now.

Cruz said he wants to prioritize his projects with his mother studio, Star Cinema, which he credits for his successful career as a movie actor.

“Alam mo ‘yung indie naman, I am very open [to that], pero dapat nating i-prioritize ‘yung mother studio ko which is Star Cinema, hindi ba?” he told reporters during a recent press event.

“Kung may gagawin man ako, kasi hindi ba [ang] indie it’s a venue for you to be more experimental? Kung may gagawin akong ganoon, I have to consult my mother studio para respeto lang.”

Cruz added: “For how many years, inalagaan nila ‘yung film career ko, and ang ganda-ganda ng nagawa sa akin ng career ko sa pelikula. They brought me to where I am now. After many years sa business, parang hindi naman biro na hanggang ngayon ay pinapanood ang pelikula mo. So with due respect, talagang pina-prioritize ko ang decision ng Star Cinema.”

Veteran actress and Batangas governor Vilma Santos, Cruz’ co-star in the hit film “In My Life,” just finished working on her debut indie film “Ekstra” with other big stars like Eula Valdez, Richard Yap, Pilar Pilapil, Marian Rivera, Piolo Pascual, Cherie Gil and Cherry Pie Picache.

Last June, actress Dawn Zulueta said she is set to work with Cruz, Richard Gomez and Jessy Mendiola in a Star Cinema project. (MNS)