In her new soap Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, Iza Calzado plays the role of childhood friend-turned-rival to Jodi Sta. Maria’s character. But the talented said there was never any on-and-offscreen rivalry with Jodi whom she first worked with in the 2014 horror film Maria Leonora Teresa. “Yung sapawan hindi ganun eh. First of all, alam mo dapat kung ang eksenang ito ay highlight nung character. Ikaw dapat ay you are a support there. Pero kami kasi dito, a lot of our scenes, you have to play your role. Teamwork kasi kami dito eh. Because kung ang iisipin ko pagpunta dun ay kung paano ako magiging mas magaling sa kanya, eh di hindi kami magiging effective, hindi magiging totoo yung nararamdaman namin sa isa’t isa. Grateful kami (ni Jodi) na kami yung pinagsama kasi walan ganun,” she shared.
Iza said that the only pressure she feels during acting projects comes from her own personal standards for herself. “I think it’s competition with myself. To this day I experience that. Not competition from another person. It’s me. I’m competing with myself and I always want to be better. Yung parang gusto ko pag-igihan, gusto ko galingan. Kaya nagtatanong ako lagi, ‘How can I be better?’ I also have to be conscious about that and remind myself that it’s something I need to address. I shouldn’t always ask validation from the outside, I should also know when my work and I am enough. I did workshops but I never really studied for the craft and it’s something that I have been longing to do talaga. So in terms of competition, it was never a competition with another person. Surprisingly, it’s just me with the pressure and that can happen. It’s me trying to outdo myself,” she explained.
After contracting and overcoming the COVID-19 virus earlier this year, Iza said she is still constantly reminding herself to surround herself with positivity instead of doubts. “Even when I do a scene and feeling ko I did it the way I wanted to do it, I then have to redo it. I get pressured na parang how do I do it better another time? So kung meron mang competition sa labas, I think we should practice catching ourselves when we’re thinking of these negative thoughts because that’s what they are. And then bombard ourselves with positive thoughts instead,” she added.
The Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin actress admitted she loves working with her two female co-stars Jodi and veteran actress Maricel Soriano. “Lumalim siya, siguro yun yung term. I appreciate Jodi just as much as she appreciates me now. Mas nakilala ko siya. Noon pa naman eh alam ko na mabuti siyang tao. Pero iba kasi pag kasama mo yung tao madalas eh. Katulad pag kasama mo sa isang bahay mas nakikilala mo yung tao, mas puwede ding ma-reveal mo yung tunay. Kasi minsan pag taping may filter pa. Iba yung you allow yourself to be more vulnerable kapag mas close ka na dun sa tao. So kami parang feeling ko nandun na kami sa stage na yun. Nakakatuwa talaga na sabi ko nga, we were handpicked by God including miss Maria and Sam (Milby) of course. And everybody else who is part of the show. Everybody talaga. Kasi ang gaan gaan ng energy sa set and that’s so important. Talagang nagtuturo siya. And we are so blessed to be at the receiving end of that knowledge and wisdom and technique as well,” she said.