Ivana Alawi on her ‘A Family Affair’ leading men

Published May 25, 2022, 5:53 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

For her first-ever lead role on TV, sexy model-actress Ivana Alawi will be sharing the screen with four hunk actors – Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Jake Ejercito, and Jameson Blake.

During a recent digital meet, the 25-year-old talked about her experience working with the four.

According to Ivana, she was actually intimidated meeting Gerald and Sam, relating how she grew up watching the two.

But it turns out, both were “welcoming” and “very nice.”

In fact, she noted how Sam made sure she was “comfortable” with him.

“Very maalaga sa co-stars,” was how Ivana put it.

She revealed having a crush on Sam, prior.

Ivana added Gerald and Sam are “very professional” when it comes to work.

As for Jameson, she described him as a “baby boy.”

“As in para ko siyang baby boy. Yun tawag ko sa kanya. Parang baby siya. Very young and innocent,” she related.

On the other hand, Ivana considers Jake her “best friend.”

And she likes it that he is “very funny.”

“Pag pinagsama kami puro biruan,” she related. “Very easy going, madaling kausap tsaka hindi ako natatakot ka biruan.”

Asked to compare the four stars to food, Ivana said Jameson is “Kare-Kare” because he needs “bagoong.”

Jake is like “barbeque” because of “tusok-tusok.”

As for Gerald and Sam, both are “Bulalo.”

Asked for a reason, Ivana quipped: “Basta.”

Note that on her vlogs, Ivana has been vocal in sharing how the said dish is her “favorite.”

As for her leading men’s sexiest body part, Ivana shared: “Lahat naman kasi sila may abs, ‘di ba? Nakita ko sila nakahilera lahat naka-shorts sabi ko, ‘Wow!’ Tapos nilalagay ako ni Direk sa gitna.”

But turning serious, Ivana pointed out how she likes Sam’s eyes, Gerald’s smile, Jake’s arms, and Jameson’s dimples.

Ivana said she immediately accepted her role in the series not because of her leading men but because she liked the script.

She’s honored with the opportunity, relating how huge it is.

Ivana could relate to her character in the series, who, like her, is also very family-oriented.

But she finds the crying scenes difficult to execute.

“Kasi pag umiyak ako pabebe lang,” she said in jest.

Good thing everyone, cast and crew, were cheering for her.

“They believe in me. Di nila ako pine-pressure kung anong kaya mong ibigay, ibigay mo.”

It inspired her to push harder, do better.

What makes the show a must-watch?

Ivana answered, “Ang ganda ng story. Something different. Not drama. Seductive. Steamy. Sexy. Thrilling. Mysterious. Ang dami.”

Helmed by Jerome Pobocan and Raymund Ocampo, “A Family Affair” is set to premiere soon on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z Channel 11, iWantTFC, and TV5.