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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 20, 2018

Iza Calzado Doesn't Mind Playing Mother Roles, Now Preparing For Her Coming Wedding To Ben Wintle Later This Year

IZA CALZADO has played the role of Julia Barretto’s mom in “A Love to Last”. She now plays Julia’s mom anew in the new primetime soap, “Ngayon at Kailanman”, to start airing this Monday night. Doesn’t she feel uncomfortable playing the role of someone like Julia who’s 21 years old?

“I’m 36 so I gave birth to her when I was 15, puede na,” she says. “But after I saw Angelica Panganiban and Jodi Sta. Maria playing moms to Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo in ‘Pangako Sa’Yo’, I have no reason to complain in playing mother roles. Also, maganda ang role ko rito sa ‘Ngayon at Kailanman’. The story will start with me and TJ Trinidad. He comes from the wealthy Cortez family with a jewelry business at ayaw ng family niya sa’kin. After I give birth to the baby who’ll be Julia, TJ goes to his family but never na siyang bumalik. Pinatay na pala nila and when I followed him, pinatay rin ako. But viewers will have to wait, kasi ang peg ko rito is the mythical bird, the phoenix. I will rise from the ashes and seek vengeance doon sa mga umapi sa family namin at naging dahilan kung bakit nagkahiwalay kami ng anak ko.”

Iza got positive reviews for her performance in the Cinemalaya entry, “Distance”, where she plays the wife of Noni Buencamino who turns out to be a lesbian. Didn’t she feel bad when she didn’t win best actress award and it was Ai Ai de las Alas who won for “School Service”? “Not at all. My role is very quiet. Wala akong emotional highlight at all kasi gusto ni Direk Perci Intalan, hindi ako nagre-react. May isa akong crying scene pero natanggal pa. So I don’t expect everyone to appreciate it. And I’m very happy for Ai Ai de las Alas. She deserves the award.”

Iza is in the midst of preparations for her wedding to be held later this year to her fiance, Ben Wintle. She says it’s going to be very simple. “Tatlo lang ang principal sponsors and one of them would be Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo who’ve been good friends for a long time now,” she says. “Other than that, wala na akong maise-share. I do have a wedding coordinator to help me prepare para naman hindi ako mabaliw. Basta it will be simple.”
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