He was born as John Lloyd Espidol Cruz on June 24, 1983 to Luisito Llora and Aida Espidol Cruz. He is the oldest in the family. His family and some very close friends called him by his nickname "Idan". He finished his grade school at Marikina Catholic School in 1995. He was discovered by a talent scout in a mall while he was hanging out with his friends. Due to financial problems since his father's marble business was not doing well, he decided to enter showbiz to help his family. He first appeared in the now defunct drama Calvento Files.
It is followed by several guesting, and shows. At the age of 14, he became a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic, where he became an alumnus of Batch 5. He was also a member of the then-teen trio Koolits with Baron Geisler and Marc Solis