Iya Villania says the offer to be a calendar girl came at the right time, so, she did not hesitate to pose for the 2011 calendars of Tanduay Rhum 5 years.
Aside from the pegs shown to her, Iya also considers this as a good opportunity for her to show the public how comfortable she is with her body.
"You know, before you turn down any project, you need to find reasons. So, humingi muna kami ng mga peg, mga concept. Noong tiningnan ko naman, there was no reason for me to say no.
"And I think it's now the right time that I felt comfortable with my body. I also thought that maybe now it's time, I want to do something different that's completely different for everyone.
"I think it's time that I have a good time and feel comfortable about my body and feeling ready for something like that. And it's not a big surprise. It's not anything crazy."
Iya also mentions that being a calendar girl is just one of the steps she'd like to take on her showbiz career.
She says, "I mean, of course, you always take the next step. Then, when you get comfortable with that, you proceed to the next step. So, right now, this is my next step. Anything more than that, might make me feel a little uncomfortable."
Does this include posing on the cover of a men's magazine?
"Check ko muna 'yong mga peg," she answers. "Tingnan ko na lang muna 'yong mga concept. Hindi ko naman agad hihindian. Actually, it also depends on the content of the magazine. If it's not something that I stand for, hindi ko gagawin."
"IT WON'T MEAN TOO MUCH." While many were surprised about this, Iya says what she did for the 2011 calendars is not really new about her. In fact, she points out, if the viewers had been observant, they'd notice that she already does sexy appearances in ABS-CBN's Sunday variety show ASAP.
"It won't mean anything too much, e. It's nothing that you haven't seen on ASAP," she says.
She also stresses that this not really the focus of her career.
"I have other ways naman to express myself, which is through my dancing. Sa ASAP pa lang, nagpapakita na ako ng tiyan, ang ikli ng mga shorts ko. So, it's just funny na I've been wearing that stuff for a while na pero ngayon lang, kung kailan ako lumabas bilang isang calendar girl, doon lang napansin na sumeseksi ka."
So, aside from surprising her fans by being a calendar girl, what else will her followers see in 2011?
Iya replies, "I'm looking forward to ako naman ang magugulat. Actually, next year, I'm looking forward to my new project and I'm looking forward to doing something new. I'm looking forward to performing more."
Iya Villania is set to appear in ABS-CBN's primetime soap opera Martha Cecilia's Kristine. She will be Scarlet, the new love interest of Rafael Rosell.