Iza works with ex-boyfriend in new soap

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 18 2014 05:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2014 01:25 AM

Victor Neri and Iza Calzado. Composite Image

MANILA - Actress Iza Calzado has been working on the set of the upcoming soap "Hawak Kamay" with her former boyfriend, an actor who recently made a showbiz comeback.

Both Calzado and Victor Neri are part of the cast of "Hawak Kamay", which stars Piolo Pascual.

In a press conference for the show held Friday, the two gamely answered questions about their past relationship as well as their current working ties.

"Dati magkahawak ang kamay namin briefly. 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. tapos biglang isang araw, 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!'" Calzado said.

The actress shared that she was even excited to meet her ex-boyfriend again on the set of "Hawak Kamay."

"Well anyway, noong unang araw namin sa set, 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.

"Kasi isa siya sa rason kung bakit na-inspire ako na pagbutihan ang pagiging aktres ko. 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," she added.

Neri, for his part, praised Calzado and called her a "gifted" actress.

"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.

In an interview with ABS-CBNNews.com on the sidelines of the "Hawak Kamay" press conference, Neri said that he took a break from show business in 2007 to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

Aside from being a chef and an actor, Neri is a happy family man. Calzado, meanwhile, is in a relationship with British-Filipino Ben Wintle.