“Hindi ako nailang kasi we’re in front of so many people. Walang difference with kissing a man. Naisip ko, this is my co-actor. This is my screen partner. She’s also a woman but also a human being. Honestly, when you’re doing it, it’s the same that I wanted myself to be with this same person, mapalalaki man siya o babae.” – Iza on her kissing scene with Maxene Eigenmann.
When award-winning actress Iza Calzado was offered by Direk Perci Intalan to do the role of Liza in the Cinemalaya movie Distance, she admitted that she had some reservations.
“Actually I had apprehensions initially because it was another mother role not because of its’ “nakakatanda” factor. Nanay ako ni Julia (Barretto) sa last soap ko. It’s not that. It’s more of…sabi ko, Perci, kasi it’s a film. Hindi ko alam kung mapaninindigan ko na believable akong mother. Pero, when he presented the story at selfish iyong choices noong mother, ay puwede! Feeling ko, nandoon pa talaga ako sa stage na hindi pa ako ganoon ka-selfless. I am not ready to have a baby just yet. It’s a big commitment parang mindset wise. Sabi ko, sana mapanindigan ko,” she enthused.
She also said that she did not mind being deglamorized for her role in the movie.
“I guess, it’s just an understanding of what the script calls for. In my movies, especially indie movies, I want less make up. Mas makatotohanan kasi siya. Hindi dahil sa magandang tingnan but because people don’t fix up. Especially, if you’re playing a simple woman, you’re not really supposed to be made up,” she explained.
She even mentioned that she could hardly identify with her screen persona since it’s far from her real self.
“Ayokong sabihin na may similarities kami, kasi iniwan niya iyong family niya. Ang gusto ko sa kanya, it takes courage and guts to stay true to what you feel. So, when she left , I don’t think that she left with the intention to leave them totally. I could have talked to them, at least. But, iyon nga, iyon ang character niya,” she elaborated.
She also confessed that it’s her first time to essay a lesbian role in a Cinemalaya movie.
“This is probably the first time that there’s like emotions. But honestly, it’s just a subplot in the movie. The main theme of the movie is a family drama because I could have left my family for another man and it would have the same story. It doesn’t really change much but because of the subplot, meron rin kasing subplot na lesbian theme from my daughter. That’s why, it had to be a woman that I left my daughter,” she divulged.
Iza also revealed that she has a kissing scene with co-star Maxene Eigenmann who plays her lover in Distance. And she claimed that she had no qualms kissing Maxene.
Regarding her plans to get hitched with British boyfriend Ben Wintle, she confirmed that it’s gonna happen this year.
“May magaganap na wedding this year. We’ll probably do a Manila wedding but I can’t divulge a lot of things as we want to keep it in private,” she concluded.
Distance is a story of a woman who returns to her family she has abandoned five years ago. Her return reopens old wounds and unfolds a secret that threatens to keep them apart.
Directed by Perci Intalan (Dementia, My Fairy Tail Love Story) and produced by Idea First Company and Cinemalaya Foundation, the movie also stars Nonie Buencamino, Therese Malvar, Alessandra Malonzo, Adrianna So, Max Eigenmann, Lhian Khey Gimeno, Elia Maria Norelle Ilano, Erlinda Villalobos, Billy Seño, Tanya Gomez, Cherry Malvar, Myla Monido, Mailes Kanapi, Matt Daclan and Timothy Castillo. It unreels in select CCP venues and Ayala Mall cinemas from August 4-12, 2018.