Almost a decade since rumors of them being an item surfaced, Iza Calzado finally confirmed that she was previously in a relationship with her Hawak Kamay co-star Victor Neri.
“Dating magkahawak ang kamay namin... briefly!” Iza said, laughing during the press conference of the show Hawak Kamay where she stars with Piolo Pascual, Nikki Gil, and Victor.
Despite their short-lived romance, Iza said she and Victor remained friends even after he left showbiz to pursue his dream of becoming a chef in 2007.
“Victor is a friend, kahit na umalis siya, bago niya pinalitan ang kanyang Facebook account ay updated ako sa buhay niya. But after a few years, hindi ko na alam ang nangyari sa kanya,” Iza shared.
After not hearing news about him for a while, Iza was surprised by her talent manager one day. She recalled, “Tumawag sa akin ang manager ko na si Noel Ferrer, tinatanong at nagpapaalam kung pwede bang maging kapatid namin sa grupong mina-manage niya si Victor Neri. And I was like, 'Oh my God! Buhay pa siya! Ano, ano ang nangyari!'"
Not only are the former sweethearts part of the same management group now, but Victor was also cast in Hawak Kamay. Iza jokingly recalled being all perked up and excited during the first day shooting of the soap.
"Ako pa 'yung, 'Nandiyan na ba si Victor? Nandiyan na ba si Victor?' Kasi gusto kong maki-tsismis, ano na ang nangyari sa buhay niya. And I'm happy to see na he has found his center, and now he is very happy and ang saya to catch up on things,” Iza said.
Kidding aside, Iza claimed that Victor was actually one of the few key people in her life that motivated her to become a better actress saying that, “Lagi akong pinapangaralan niya noon pa, 'You want to be a good actress? Do this, do that, please your director.' Ang daming itinuro sa akin. So malaking parte po siya kung bakit pinag-iigihan ko rin at marami din akong natutunan sa kanya kahit ilang buwan lang ang aming pagsasama noon.”
The former action star who was also present at the event praised Iza and how much her acting prowess has improved.
"Siguro magkasama kami ni Iza, 2002 or 2003. Way, way back. And I've seen her grow. I saw her dedication to her craft and I like that because ako, I think a lot of you know naman na I'm more of about the work and about the craft. And I'm very shocked na napapanood ko na ngayon, I saw her perform, I think she is one of the gifted actresses now," he said.