The name Victor Neri was almost synonymous to “action,” especially during the 90s, when he would appear on one action film to the next.
But before he became an in-demand action star, Victor became part of the first batch of youth-oriented show “Ang TV” in 1992.
He also co-starred with Mark Anthony Fernandez, Gio Alvarez, Jao Mapa, Jomari Yllana, and Claudine Barretto in the Star Cinema film “Pare Ko,” playing one of the happy-go-lucky guys named Lester.
His work would come nonstop over the years, when he got slowly but surely aligned in the action genre. Among his notable films include “Asero” (1995), “Utol” (1996), “Iskalawag: Batas ay Batas” (1997), “Amanos (Patas ang Laban)” (1997), “Notoryus” (1998), “Tigasin” (1999), “Suspek,” (1999), and “Ex-con” (2000).
Since playing an action star requires a certain kind of toughness, it’s no surprise that Victor effortlessly essayed into villain roles such as Joaquin in the Claudine Barretto starrer “Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan” in 2001 and as Lizardo in the TV adaptation of “Panday” in 2005.
Notwithstanding a stable career, Victor felt the need to break free from what’s been “normal” for him for several years. At age 30, he left showbiz to study culinary arts at the famous Le Cordon Bleu in France.
After that, he flew to Thailand where he worked in a handful of restaurants and under supervisors of various nationalities.
As a certified chef, Victor’s specialties include Asian and French cuisine.
In a recent interview with ABS-CBN News, Victor shared the reason behind his showbiz hiatus.
"Sabi ko lang, 'I need to take a break.' Balik muna ako sa totoong buhay. Kaya kailangan na nangibang-bansa muna ako, para maranasan talaga kung paano tumira nang normal, paano mamuhay nang normal, [kasama]ang mga taong hindi nakakakilala sa akin," he says.
Now, though, he’s back as the father of Zaijian Jaranilla in the primetime drama series, “Hawak Kamay.”
Victor relates that acting and cooking have an equal space in his heart now. He will soon create the menu and train chefs of an up-and-coming restaurant in Taguig.
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