After being the third wheel in “Achy Breaky Hearts”, Ian is now solo male lead in the horror thriller, “Ilawod” (which refers to an evil water nymph), as Dennis, a reporter who covered a terrifying case of possession in a remote mountain village and didn’t know that he brought home the dreadful water demon with him to harass his own wife, Iza Calzado as Kathy, and their two kids, Harvey Bautista as Ben and Xyriel Manabat as Bea. Does he believe that such evil elements exist?
“I believe in the paranormal,” he says. “I’m curious about strange phenomena, so I used to go with the late Roy Alvarez to meet healers sa mga provincia. I also took a course with the well known parapsychologist Jaime Licauco about developing your inner mind kasi part naman ng culture natin yung elementals, duwende, kapre and other folk beliefs, so I can understand the character I play, si Dennis, who’s a paranormal researcher. We should keep an open mind about these things as there are really some things around us that remain unexplainable by science.”
How is it working with Direk Dan Villegas for the first time in “Ilawod”? “He’s good, certainly knows his craft. Ang dami kong nagawang horror noong araw, like ‘Huwag Mong Buhayin ang Bangkay’, pero ibang-iba itong ‘Ilawod’. It will really give viewers a good scare. Maraming eksenang mapapatalon kayo sa takot so don’t miss it.”
And how is it working with Iza as his wife? “Iza and I are together in another movie for Direk Jerrold Tarog and we’re also in ‘A Love to Last’ on ABS-CBN kaya very comfortable na kami sa isa’t isa. May eksena nga rito sa ‘Ilawod’ na ginapang niya ako, e.”
And how was it? “Masarap naman. Ha ha ha!”