Ian Veneracion Goes All-Out In Action Series "One Good Day"
The 47-year-old seasoned actor is “ready to kill” in this riveting new-age action noir series
“Lahat nu’ng gigil namin na hindi mo puwedeng gawin sa teleserye or sa normal movie, ngayon, para kaming, ‘Wow!’ Ang sarap!”
Throughout his acting track, seasoned star Ian Veneracion continues to prove that his coveted-actor status, at the age of 47, still stands. His promise to deliver palpable characters to life is a craft that he is so attuned to that he serves all his known abilities to the table without thinking twice. Every tick of his career, his passion craves more—more stories, more substance, more different shapes, and more different shoes.
“I’ve been wanting to do a lot of action scenes that were impossible to do before, and I started action movies when I was 15. Now, I’m 47, and guess what? I’m just starting—just getting started!” Ian exclaims, laughing in excitement. In his newest action noir series titled One Good Day, he stars as the lead, Dale Sta. Maria, a former hitman and gang member pining for a tender path in life who has left his criminal organization to chase after peace, quiet, and a person.
In an attempt to seek a strife-free future for himself and the love of his life, however, he is forced to hatch another mission to absolve himself of all the hostility that blankets his entire being. Alongside a star-studded ensemble, Ian is again embarking on an action-packed portrayal with his co-stars: Joel Torre, Andrea Torres, Rabiya Mateo, Aljur Abrenica, Justin Cuyugan, Pepe Herrera, Nicole Cordoves, Robert Seña, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.
“As an actor, the best thing I love about my job is I get to acquire different shapes mentally and emotionally. When it’s a role that sa isip ko, ‘I’ve never tried being this shape,’ that’s interesting to me,” Ian tells Metro.Style, when the topic of what piques his interest pops up. “Aside from it being an action genre, which I’m very comfortable with, I never thought I’d have the chance again to do action,” he continues, claiming that action—despite his age—is his love language.
To memorialize his 40th-year mark in the entertainment turf, Ian eyes more meaningful pursuits that satiates his passions. “Recently, I dabbled into music and I really enjoy it up to now,” he shares, saying that he intends to bring his band overseas to interact with the OFWs. “Ang dami nating kababayans na matagal nang nandu’n at na-ho-homesick. You bring a piece of home with you to them. You feel the vibe and they feel your vibe and then, it’s an exchange of energy.”
Apart from his musical inclination, Ian also involves himself in many activities and outdoor recreations. He is an official and licensed private pilot who loves tapping into his adrenaline for the thrill. “People who follow me on IG—they know how much I love land, sea, and air. I paramotor everywhere. I sail. I scuba-dive. I sky-dive. I love riding the motorcycle and pitching a tent anywhere,” he imparts.
When asked about what his ideal “one good day” is, Ian replies, “The simplest, probably, would be under a tree with a coffee maker beside me—with a guitar also—watching cows eat grass.” Besides his outdoor business, as a kid-at-heart, Ian Veneracion is keen on anything loaded with action, too, making him top-of-mind for his character. “You know, [I’m a] Rambo kid! Although yes, I’m 47, my mind got stuck at 16. My children are now more mature than me,” he cracks.
As for Ian Veneracion’s role in the show, how he renders the persona is no picnic. As a mobster, it required him to measure up to the character’s emotional core. “You have to be okay with killing another human being, and you can’t just pretend,” Ian starts off. “It’s part of our job to make sure that I’m okay with that, because I cannot play a character that I’m judging,” he asserts. “That’s what I love about being an actor—you have to open doors that normal people don’t have to.”
When asked about the similarities that he shares with Dale Sta. Maria, Ian responds right away, as if their affinity is second skin. “We love motorcycles. We love guns. We love physical contact,” he begins. “We have a sense of integrity. We will fight for love and die for love and kill for love, for sure.” With a broad perspective on the way a person thinks, behaves, and takes measures, Ian muses, “With the character kasi ’di ba, you don’t know that you’re bad. You always justify it to yourself, so as an actor, you have to be able to justify it also to yourself.”
With numerous projects under his belt, it is unlikely that Ian hasn’t seen much of what showbiz has to offer. In fact, throughout his time in the field, he has observed that the Philippines and the Filipinos are perfect in every facet. “It’s something that I’m very proud to show people because as we all know, now, it’s not just [the] Filipino audience. We are making content for the whole Asia—like in this case, we’re 10 countries. Siyempre, bilang Pilipino, ayaw nating magpatalo. Hindi tayo magpapahuli.”
As a well-traveled individual, Ian takes pride in what the Philippine wild has to parade—from pristine islands and isolated sanctuaries to Baroque structures and natural reserves—name it, we have it! “I think I live in a country where hindi na-ma-maximize natin [lahat], kasi the more I’ve traveled, the more I realize kung ga’no ka-perfect [ang Pilipinas]. Parang paradise ’to! Imagine, you can swim [on] Christmas Eve. You can jump on the ocean, and it’s warm waters!”
“Fans naman tayong lahat ng content from different parts of the world, pero I believe in the Filipino talent talaga. We have a lot of good writers, good actors, good directors. And, we’re very artistic as a people,” Ian perseveres, tirelessly promoting what gem of a talent we got. “So far kasi, ’yung mga nakakakita [ng] trailer, nagugulat sila na, ‘Kaya n’yong gumawa ng ganiyan sa Philippines?’ or, ‘Ang ganda pala ng Philippines?’ Ganu’n ’yung subculture na nakikita nila,” he adds, his face in awe. “Sa tingin ko talaga, may laban tayo.”
Directed by Lester Pimentel Ong and produced by Studio Three Sixty, One Good Day touches on many topics such as family, love, friendship, power, greed, and politics. Streaming on the digital platform Amazon Prime Video, the six-part series will premiere on November 17, 2022, with new episodes dropping every Thursdays. “Promise, it’s going to be worth it!” Ian Veneracion teases.
Take a look at the trailer of One Good Day:
Lead photos from @ianveneracion1