Ian Veneracion, 41, started acting at the age of five.
After almost four decades, his showbiz career is soaring to new heights.
His career regained momentum with his team-up with Jodi Sta. Maria in the 2015 ABS-CBN primetime teleserye Pangako Sa ‘Yo, which ended earlier this year.
The end of the TV series, however, did not put a lid on the Ian-Jodi love team.
They starred in the film All You Need is Pag-Ibig, a Metro Manila Film Festival entry last December.
Currently, Ian and Jodi are shooting their upcoming film The Achy Breaky Heart, together with Richard Yap.
Jodi was previously paired with Richard in the teleserye Be Careful with My Heart (2012-2014).
So far, their love triangle is giving the far younger love teams a run for the money.
Fans rooting for Ian’s tandem with Jodi are called "Team Tisoy," while fans who side with Richard are called "Team Tsinoy."
“It’s funny kasi may ibang nag-aaway talaga about being Team Tsinoy and Team Tisoy,” beamed Ian at the launch of his newest endorsement, Primera Light Brandy, at the San Miguel Building in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, this Friday, June 10.
He added, “Richard and I are good friends. Pag nasa set nga kami, may makikita kami sa online nag-a-argue about it.
"Natatawa lang kami, pero we’re flattered and grateful and it’s [film] well anticipated by so many people.”
COZY WITH JODI. At the presscon, Ian was asked by the press about his friendship with Jodi.
Ian is happily married with three kids, while Jodi's on-and-off relationship with Jolo Revilla is known.
In fact, a recent Instagram post shows Jodi and Jolo enjoying a moment together.
Ian said that he and Jodi get to talk about anything and everything under the sun.
“We talk about everything: religion to philosophy, to the simplest things.
“I’m very comfortable with her and she’s obviously comfortable with me.”
Asked if his leading lady has opened up to him about her love life, Ian confirmed, “Of course! We talk about anything. And ako din.”
He added, “Even with her, maraming bagay na di ko nadi-discuss with so many people, I can discuss with her, because the respect is there.
“We respect each other talaga and I think that’s what translates to the work that we do and maybe that’s what you see onscreen somehow.”
When asked about Jodi’s relationship with Jolo, Ian refused to comment.
What he is certain about is that the actress is happy now.
“Jodi is happy, she’s happy now with her life in general and I’m really happy for her,” said Ian.
When asked if he gets to give love advice to Jodi, such as making a relationship work, Ian replied, “Yes, definitely.
"And lagi naming napag-uusapan yung different points of view between man and woman, so we always end up disagreeing.
“But it’s fine. We don’t have to agree always. Kaya minsan mahaba ang discussions namin.
"Kasi nga there are some points I don’t agree, sometimes she doesn’t agree, so ganun kami magkausap.
“Kaya minsan walang katapusan ang balitaktakan namin sa tent or behind the scenes.”