MANILA – Studying the audition landscape in Los Angeles, versatile actress Iza Calzado noted that she’s not about to leave the Philippines’ local entertainment industry to try her luck in Hollywood.
“I studied an audition technique… I [also] studied some (improvisation). I always think that there’s so much room for improvement. I’m not where I want to be as an actress [but] I’m happy where I am,” she said in an interview with the Philippine Star. “I’m just preparing for my future.”
The Kapamilya actress shared how she gained new insights and experiences while at the Acquila Morong Studio for Actors. She has also set new goals for her career.
“I wanted to explore several things… Why do you have to wait for a role to come to you? Why don’t you prepare for it? I always wanted to go beyond the Philippines. It could be regional [like] Southeast Asia. I just feel that we should keep on expanding our audience and market,” she said in the same report.
During her short stay in the United States, Calzado was able to secure a role in an independent film to be directed by multi-awarded Filipino director Jerrold Tarog.
“It’s ongoing… It’s good something came up with my trip,” she said. “It’s a psycho-thriller, one of my favorite genres. I auditioned for the part.”
Recently back in Manila, Calzado’s romantic-comedy movie ‘My Candidate’ has been set to premiere on May 11, where she will be co-starring with Derek Ramsay and Shaina Magdayao. The 33-year-old actress also landed a leading role for an upcoming teleserye in her home network ABS-CBN.
“There’s always a reason why things (fall into place)… There’s always a reason why things happened. I think I’m a bit of a risk taker. As long as the role is fun and challenging, I’m going to accept it.”