He said he would like to work with Enrique Gil, among others.
And you can bet Xander Ford, formerly Marlou Arizala, is fanboying hard after his idol asked him for a photo when they met on Friday.
Posting the picture on Instagram, Gil could be seen buddying up with the former Hasht5 member, who only this week unveiled his smoother visage thanks to plastic surgery.
"Xander Grande III and Xander Ford," Gil captioned his post, referring to the name of the character he played on the hit primetime series "Forevermore" back in 2014.
Ford, with his newfound confidence, has said that he would like to venture more into acting and learn from Gil and other popular leading men such as Daniel Padilla and James Reid.
Prior to going under the knife, he was the butt of jokes for being the pimply-faced leader of the boy group Hasht5.
He unveiled the results of his plastic surgery, which is speculated to have cost around P430,000, in an episode of "Rated K."