If there's any actress in show business today that can talk about being a global Pinay, it is Iza Calzado. After all, Filipinos all over the world are waiting for the release of the international film The Echo, the Hollywood adaptation of the 2004 horror hit Sigaw directed by Yam Laranas and topbilled by Iza herself.
"I auditioned for it, and hoped I would be a part of it, kahit extra lang," Iza tells Cosmopolitan magazine this May. Thank goodness Yam succeeded in convincing Iza to try out for the role that she had originally played, as Iza ignored all her fears and just gave it a go. Her Hollywood breakthrough is a victory that all Filipinos can claim as their own. "They didn't cast me as a Filipino, which is a good thing for an actor," she explains, "That means you're not just boxed into certain roles."
Iza took it upon herself to act as an ambassador for Filipino artists, armed with a strong desire to show the international production what Filipinos are capable of. "I felt this enormous pressure to be good at the role because I felt like I was waving the Philippine flag for women actors," she shares with Cosmo, "Filipinos are not just one thing, and we're so good at many, many things. I was determined to prove something to them."
Iza has proven her mettle in the local showbiz scene, and it would seem that she's the type of girl who knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and what she needs to do to get it. But she is the first to admit that she also has misgivings. "I'm not sure about many things, like where my life will go and what I might want in the future."
As much as she is a global Pinay, Iza is just like any 25 year-old at the prime of her life, where anything and everything is possible. "I can't plan my life too far ahead," she says, "I just know that I'm loving what I have now."
Iza graces the cover of the 11th Anniversary issue of Cosmopolitan magazine this May, now available in all bookstores and magazine stands nationwide at P125 per copy.