The Good, The Funny, The Serious: Highlights From Iza Calzado's "Metro Chats" Interview On Kumu's FYE Channel
The actress talks about everything she's been up to this year—including her new projects, self-care, working amidst a health crisis, and her COVID-19 recovery
Last Thursday, Metro.Style cover girl and top-billed actress Iza Calzado joined us on Kumu's FYE Channel where she talked about life after surviving COVID-19, back-to-work life amidst the ABS-CBN shutdown and a pandemic, and of course, everything she's grateful for and happy about in spite of everything.
In case you missed Iza's insightful answers and messages of hope, recent revelations, hilarious banter, plus all the laughing and goofing around, worry not. We rounded up the hour-long interview's highlights right here.
Check them out below!
On how she's been doing these days:
Iza is doing well, or at least, as well as the circumstances allow. Like many people, she has her own set of worries but has found comfort in many simple joys, and a few big wins—like having reasons to smile, "still" being married, and having a job. She has bad days from time to time, but she's choosing to keep on going even on the baddest of the bad days.
On her new teleserye, Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin:
It's essentially a story of two friends who must weather friendships' biggest tests: envy, the ability to offer unconditional support and love, and the changes that come with the passage of time. She stars alongside Jodi Sta. Maria, Maricel Soriano, and Sam Milby, and the show is scheduled to premiere this month on the Kapamilya Channel.
On her made-for-digital film, Loving Emily:
Surprise! Iza also has a new film, and they wrapped it up last year right on time before the pandemic happened. It centers around a woman's inward journey set off by an unhappy marriage and maintained by moments of self-discovery. It'll be out on iWant this year, with the exact release date to be confirmed.
On working with a "locked-in" contract:
It's exactly what it sounds like, albeit more fun than threatening! Being locked-in for work meant that the set was Iza's temporary home for the time being. Iza, her co-stars, and the teleserye's crew were literally locked-in in a location where they worked, ate, slept, and hung out together for the duration of filming, all for the sake of minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infection ("Huwag na akong tularan," she joked).
On her beauty regimen:
The names of the game for Iza are La Mer, Pili Ani, and from time to time, Happy Skin. Witch hazel toner from Healthy Options is the newest thing she's added to her skincare arsenal, something she says is more her thing than actual makeup application. The age-old beauty mantras will forever ring true for her, too: drink lots of water, eat well, sleep well, and be well. Beauty isn't as much an external projection for Iza, but something that comes from within! But indulge once in a while, she smiles. Life is for living, after all.
On her COVID-19 ordeal and recovery:
Iza was one of the few high-profile COVID-positive cases in the country. As an actress, it was unsettling to see her struck down by the life-threatening disease. She describes the ordeal as one of the most difficult experiences she's ever had to power through. It was both a physical and mental battle, but she'll forever be grateful for a quicker-than-expected recovery. It wasn't only her body that needed to heal, however; her mental and emotional well-being needed some TLC, too, and up till today, she continues to feel deeply affected by COVID-related news. Her husband, Ben Wintle (the CEO and founder of Booky App), was definitely a source of light and healing all throughout!).
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Allow me to shine the spotlight on my amazing team of nurses (missing a few though!) from Asian Hospital who gave me the best love and care any patient could ever ask for. Together with my brilliant doctors, I really couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me fight and beat Covid 19. I am forever grateful. ❤️
On watching K-Dramas:
Crash Landing on You was her pre-hospitalization binge title, whereas Itaewon Class was her in-bed recovery show! (The latter is also why she got into kimchi immediately after she got home from the hospital). On the other hand, for her teleserye, her homework was to take in The World of Married and draw inspiration from its characters.
On her advocacies and NGO work:
She continues her work with She Talks Asia, WWF, and most recently, she joined Aktor (an organization for Philippine actors). She Talks Asia holds a particularly special place in her heart because of how it aligns with her message of body positivity and self-love for all women, of all ages and backgrounds (and men, too!).
On her message to everyone wondering when things will be okay:
"When it's dark, that's when the light shines brightest."
Of course, all of this is better watched rather than read. Iza's fans will be happy to know that the full video is available for viewing on Kumu's FYE Channel! In fact, why don't you tune in to FYE every Thursday for Metro's regular live streamed Kumu episodes so you never miss a beat? The channel includes a "Make Me Over" session with experts, a "K-Drama Club," and "Metro Chats" with celebrities and personalities.
Photos from @missizacalzado
Are you a fan of Iza? Check out our previous interview with her about how she dresses up for her figure: