Iza Calzado relishes working with Tia Carrere, Hollywood actors

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MANILA. Iza Calzado poses for photographs with American actress Tia Carrere, director Mark Dacascos, and actor Casper Van Dien. (Photo by Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)


ACTRESS Iza Calzado is happy and proud to represent Filipino actors in the upcoming Hollywood action flick "Showdown in Manila."

Shot entirely in the Philippines, the movie follows the character portrayed by Russian actor Alexander Nevsky as he hops from one adventure to the next while encountering an interesting array of characters to be played by international stars like Casper Van Dien, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Matthias Hues, Don Wilson, Oliver Gruner, Cynthia Rothrock and American actress Tia Carrere.

In an interview with Iza, the Kapamilya actress said she will play a "badass" policewoman in the movie.

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"I fired guns! It's not a long role but it's a badass role. I loved it and I guess it's nice because they don't have this preconceived notion of who I am and they did not typecast me as yung kinakawawa and I get to do something else. It's a breather for me because it's something new. It's refreshing," she said.

Iza said she's honored to be part of the project and hopeful that she was able to show positive things about the country and its people.

"I always pray for that -- that in some way I could represent the country positively. Even when I work with people, I try to be in my best behavior because I want to represent our nation in a positive way. Parang feeling ko I have to do well not just on cam, but also off cam," she said.

"If they will not like working with me, they might think everyone else is like this or that. They were asking me are there a lot of Filipino actors who speak English the way I do. I said there are a lot of exceptional talented Filipinos."

Aside from working with A-list stars, Iza said she was thrilled to be in the company of Carrere, who was born to Filipino parents.

Iza said she followed Carrere's career in Hollywood and was able to watch her movies and television series.

"I was so starstruck! It was so much fun on the set and getting to bond with Tia was like a dream come true. Growing up, she was this beautiful, exotic Filipino that we all knew about. We are so proud of Tia, watching her in the Hollywood big screen, and now we exchange messages so that's so awesome," she said.

The actress added that the Hollywood film came at the right time as she's looking for "outside the box" kind of projects.

"It's great because I have more friends in LA when I go there. I really want to go there in May and take a couple of classes if I can. Now I have more friends to get in touch with and to ask what to do there," she said.

Asked if this means she's more open to doing US-based projects, Iza replied: "I'm just keen to do anything that the universe gives me. If I'm there and somebody tells me there's a reading for this character and they're looking for a Southeast Asian actor, why not?"

Directed by Mark Dacascos, "Showdown in Manila" will grace the big screen later this year and will have screenings in Russia and the US. (Sunnex)

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