Kapamilya prime actress Iza Calzado is Maria Izadora Calzado at birth, named after a renowned dancer who championed ballet and interpretative dance as a creative art. While she has a historical figure as a namesake, she isn’t that in love with ‘Izadora’ though, “Hindi ko gusto ‘yung pangalan ko, although alam ko na pinangalanan ako ng Daddy ko after this amazing dancer named Isadora Duncan.”
She named husband Ben Wintle as her go-to person. The two got married in a stunning sunset wedding in Palawan last December 2018.
She’s a fur mom to Oscar and Chloe. Her first pet, Hero, is already in “doggy heaven.” When it comes to fashion, Iza loves to keep it minimalist, fresh, and breezy with linen pieces. The no-fuss girl keeps it casual with t-shirts, jeans, and wrap-around dresses as well.
She mentioned Mary Grace and Patty from the movies “Milan” and “Starting Over Again,” respectively, and Grace from the series A Love to Last as her top three favorite characters portrayed.
Her list of favorite leading men includes Piolo Pascual, Ian Veneracion, Jake Cuenca, and Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin co-star Sam Milby. She keeps her fingers crossed for a project with Jericho Rosales and John Lloyd Cruz, “They don’t have to be my leading men. I just want to work with them.”
Iza, an esteemed actress in her own right, revealed her career’s worst moment. It can be traced back to her early days in showbiz when, one time, a role she was close to having suddenly slipped away. Talk about real-life plot twists! “It was the worst kasi it was my first time to have a role taken away from me. I was new in the business, I signed this movie deal, nag-look test na kami, lahat. I thought, ‘Ito na!’”
Then-newcomer, Iza was so broken she ran to good friend Sunshine Dizon for comfort, “I remember calling Sunshine Dizon, crying, ‘Hindi na sa akin ‘yung role.’ Siya din pina-pacify niya ako bilang siya, ang tagal na niya sa industriya, alam na niya ‘yung realities siguro.”
Iza added that it still happens to this day, “Ako, ngayon, ang dami na din ibang roles na nawala sa akin o hindi ko nagawa.” The only difference is she’s learned how to navigate the business and accept that some projects are not meant to be.
“Nagma-mature tayo, alam mo na din na what’s meant for you will be for you. Kung hindi siya para sa’yo, hindi. Gano’n siya kasimple, so let go with grace and look forward to what’s really meant for you,” shared Iza.
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