Ivana Alawi says that her character in the upcoming series Ang Lihim ni Ligaya is close to her personality in real life.
This is one of the reasons why she is excited to take on her first title role because aside from showing her true self in her YouTube channel, she also gets to do it on TV.
Talking to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters during the show's February 19 story conference, Ivana explains, "I'm so happy kasi they gave me a chance to show myself sa YouTube.
"And then, pagdating sa TV, ginawa nilang medyo similar sa personality ko in real life, so I'm so excited kasi nga that's me, e."
When asked what is her personality in real life, Ivana answers with a laugh, "E, labandera, hubadera, mga ganun!"
One of Ivana's popular YouTube uploads was her A Day In My Life video, where she was seen washing her clothes. To date, the said video registered 16 million views.
Ivana says that she does not have inhibitions anymore when it comes to calling herself a "hubadera."
She explains, "Because I'm so proud of myself and I love myself and I love my body.
"I think it's not something na dapat kong ikahiya kasi proud ako sa sarili ko and feeling ko, kung hindi mo mamahalin yung katawan mo, sinong magmamahal sa 'yo?"
Through Ang Lihim ni Ligaya, Ivana wants to show to the audience her passion for acting.
"Aside from being sexy, gusto ko rin maipakita na kaya kong umarte, hindi lang puro pa-sexy, hindi lang puro pakita ng skin, mag-swimsuit, I can do so much more."
According to Ivana, Ang Lihim ni Ligaya was offered to her even before she signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN in February 2020.
"Actually, nasabi na siya sa akin while I was still in U.S., sa vacation, na magkakashow.
"So, pagdating ko dito, sunud-sunod yung trabaho and I feel so blessed.
"I feel so blessed kasi ang laking project nitong pinagkatiwala nila sa akin and I never expected.
"Ever since, I love Dreamscape. They're the ones who gave me the opportunity na magkaroon ako ng show dito."
Dreamscape Entertaiment, a content providing unit from ABS-CBN, is the producer of Ang Lihim ni Ligaya.
Ivana started her showbiz career in 2015 as Mariam Al-Alawi, a finalist on GMA-7's StarStruck. However, she was eliminated early on from the show.
After StarStruck, Ivana took a break from showbiz and returned in 2018 as Ivana Alawi in ABS-CBN.
Ivana then played supporting roles in teleseryes like Araw Gabi, FPJ's Ang Probinsyano and Sino Ang May Sala, before taking her first title role in Ang Lihim ni Ligaya.
Kit Thompson, who played Ivana's partner in Sino Ang May Sala, will play her leading man again in Ang Lihim ni Ligaya.
Also part of Ang Lihim ni Ligaya are Agot Isidro, Janice de Belen, Michael de Mesa, Christian Vazquez, Michelle Vito, Mica Javier, and newcomer Raven Molina.
Directed by Onat Diaz, Ang Lihim ni Ligaya is scheduled to air in ABS-CBN's afternoon block sometime this 2020.