“It was James who convinced me to return to Manila and make a showbiz comeback when we saw each other in L.A.,” says Ivan who’s now 26.
So does he expect that what happened to James’ career will also happen to him? “For sure, people would compare me to him, but between us, there’s no competition. We’re good friends and he’s very supportive of me. But I’ll just do my best on my own.”
They’re so close folks say they have a bromance. “Well, bahala na ang mga tao kung gusto nilang lagyan ng malice ang friendship namin. Go ahead, it’s fine. Actually, James is also close to Bret Jackson, na kasama rin namin noon sa PBB. Kasi nawala ako, di ba? At sila, naging magkasama sa Viva. But we’re all just good friends.”
So is he happy now with GMA? “Sobra. They gave me a really warm welcome at lahat kami ng cast ng ‘Meant to Be’, nagkakasundo. I gained new friends here.”
So is he going sexy this time? “May ganun daw mga eksena, magpapakita kami ng katawan. Pampakilig sa viewers. Okay lang naman. So abangan na lang nila sa ‘Meant to Be’ Monday to Friday night.”
The show’s very fashionable program manager Hazel Abonita says they’re very happy with the high ratings and very positive feedback that the show got in its pilot telecast. Congratulations!