Ivana had her first Kapamilya drama stint playing Rina, the alluring friend of Mich, portrayed by Barbie Imperial, in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi. She also portrayed Madonna, the captivating girlfriend of the late Eddie Garcia’s character Gustavo in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. This was followed by the lawyer Lolita on the primetime teleserye Sino Ang Maysala? Mea Culpa. And then finally, she landed her first ever lead role as Cherry Red in the primetime drama A Family Affair.
In a 2019 visit on Tonight with Boy Abunda, Ivana clarified some rumors through the segment “Legit or Lie.” She shared that she eats like a regular person and denied that she starves herself just to achieve a sexy figure. Some people assume that her butt underwent plastic surgery similar to the Kardashians in which Ivana immediately denied and told the story of how she was bullied for having a big butt when she was young but she eventually learned to accept and embrace it. She revealed that she hated her body during her teenage years due to her father’s conservativeness.
Ivana also denied the allegations that Dan Fernandez courted her and revealed that she stays away from womanizers and prefers a man who sticks to one and is loyal to her. Ivana shared that she finds RK Bagatsing cute and would probably entertain him if he ever courts her in the future. She revealed that her biggest showbiz crush is none other than Primetime King Coco Martin. She merely shook her head when Tito Boy showed Gerald Anderson’s photo. While she shared that Edu Manzano used to be her childhood crush back then.
And in true TWBA fashion, Ivana played Fast Talk to end the show. She shockingly revealed that she doesn’t wear any clothes when she goes to bed. Ivana also admitted that she’s closer to Bela Padilla than Jodi Sta.Maria who are both her castmates in Sino ang Maysala? Mea Culpa. She didn’t deny that she had a misunderstanding with co-star Sandino Martin, but they eventually solved the problem.
“I gave everything, I gave my whole self,” she responded when Tito Boy asked what’s the craziest thing she has done for love.