The actress recalls getting bullied for her weight.
Actress Iza Calzado admitted that she had low self-esteem when she was younger during her guest appearance on the Monday episode of Magandang Buhay, April 3.
Iza, whose father was actor-dancer Lito Calzado, shared that as a child, she dreamt of being an actress, a goal which she eventually pursued.
However, the 34-year-old Kapamilya star recalled how things did not turn out the way she wanted to and so, her career then was cut short.
“Medyo, ‘nung lumalaki ako, nai-insecure ako so kapag hindi ko nakukuha ‘yung part, parang nade-depress ako. Hindi naman super depressed pero hindi na naipagpatuloy… There were things at home that happened so hindi na ako natuloy sa pag-aartista hanggang sa lumaki ako ng lumaki.”
These insecurities seemed to have stemmed mostly from her weight.
Recalling a specific story, according to Iza, she confidently answered, “Oo, gusto kong maging artista” to people who asked her if she wants to become an actress when she was younger.
“Tapos sabi nila, paano ka magiging artista, ang taba-taba mo? Tapos sabi ko daw, ‘Tignan niyo, isang araw, ipapakita ko sa inyo,’” she laughingly said.
“Pero hindi ko alam. It sounded so confident but honestly, I wasn’t confident so all the insecurities made me think na hindi ako pang-artista. Hanggang noong pumayat na ako, high school ako, hindi ko pa rin inisip na pang-artista ako.”
Moreover, Iza said that she never saw herself becoming an actress again, saying that she wore braces and had kinky and thick hair then.
She added, “Tapos alam mo ‘yung sa community, binubully ka pa ng mga lalaki, gano’n. So mababa ‘yung self-confidence, self-esteem ko ‘nun.”
Today, Iza is finally living her dream. In fact, she even won the highly-coveted Yakushi Pearl Awardee for Best Performer award at this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival.