Ian Veneracion on Jodi Sta. Maria: ‘Yung chemistry namin parang natural na natural’
After being paired together with Jodi Sta. Maria in the hit soap Pangako Sa ‘Yo
, Ian Veneracion admitted he was surprised because he had once played the role of Jodi’s father in a previous project. "Actually meron kaming show ni Jodi dati na anak ko siya nun (in the 2003 ABS-CBN series Darating ang Umaga). Totoo. Kaya for Pangako Sa ‘Yo niloloko tuloy niya ako, ‘Grabe, anak mo ako dati ngayon love team na tayo.’ Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Huwag ka mag-alala, sa next show natin nanay na kita.’ (laughs) So aabot tayo dun,
” he said.
Even with their previous roles, Ian said he never felt any awkwardness with Jodi when they started shooting their romantic scenes in PSY. "No. Nung nag-start na kami sa taping wala na kasi we’re really comfortable with each other and sa workshop pa lang, magkaibigan kasi kami ni Jodi and we’ve known each other for a long time. Yung nung una lang na just the thought na naging anak ko siya pero nawala agad. And she’s very professional and ang dali niyang katrabaho kaya yung chemistry namin I think yun ang nakikita nila. It translates to the screen,” he said.
The star said he never expected to still be part of a love team at this point in his life. "I was a bit apprehensive at first kasi feeling ko at my age love team, ganyan. Pero sabi naman namin we’re just there to support Kathniel for their show and we were surprised, especially me, na may mga taong sumubaybay din sa love story namin and nakakataba ng puso siyempre na nakatulong kami in more ways ng inaakala namin instead of just sa simula lang. Marami ding tumangkilik ng love story naming dalawa. And yung mga bagets, yung Kathniel mga anak namin, they’re very supportive and natutuwa din sila. Alaskado pa rin ako as usual,” he said.
With the growing number fans of their love team JodIan , Ian tried to explain why people find their tandem so realistic. "Hindi ko alam kung nakikita ba nila. Aside from kumportable talaga kami sa isa’t isa. Madami kaming jokes. Minsan napupunta na yan sa eksena kahit na may dialogue kami, parang ang dami ng ibig sabihin nung mga sinasabi namin and siguro another reason bakit nag-e-enjoy yung iba panoorin kasi alam naman nila in real life na wala, na we’re just being professional and I have a family, I’m married and so ganun. Merong tension, merong forbidden love na ganun so baka yun yung nakikita nila na interesting,” he said.
Ian admitted that he remains impressed with his All You Need is Pag-Ibig co-star and would like to work with her in future projects. "Si Jodi ever since naman magaling. She’s always true to her character. Depende kung anong role ibigay sa iyo, it just so happens that now we see yung sides of her that we haven’t seen before. Pero of course she has matured as a person. Si Jodi kasi, not just because of Pangako Sa ‘Yo but as an actor madali para sa akin na katrabaho siya. It can be a different role. Madali kami at saka yung timing namin sa isa’t isa, yung chemistry namin parang natural na natural lang sa amin,” he added.