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How Iza Calzado helped Charlie Dizon land 'Fan Girl'

Charlie: "Feeling ko siya 'yung nag-open ng door sa akin para makilala ko sina Direk Tonet."

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

12/30/2020 in News
How Iza Calzado helped Charlie Dizon land 'Fan Girl'

Before she became Jane of "Fan Girl," Charlie Dizon went through a rigorous process of auditions before finally landing the role.

During the film’s bloggers conference on Monday, December 28, Charlie shared that it was all thanks to her “Fairy God Ate” Iza Calzado who served as the "bridge" for her to learn about the audition.

"Nakasama ko po si Ms. Iza sa 'Pandanggo sa Hukay', 'yung ginawa po namin na film for Cinemalaya. 'Yun po 'yung project ko before 'Fan Girl' talaga. After po noong project namin, bigla pong may audition for 'Fan Girl.' Noong sinabi po nila Direk (Antoinette Jadaone) na ako 'yung nakuha for the role, saka lang nila sinabi na si Ms. Iza 'yung nagbigay ng number ko sa kanila. Na parang i-try ipa-audition si Charlie kasi narinig niya sa producer ng 'Fan Girl' na naghahanap pa sila ng fan girl. So sabi, papuntahin niyo siya sa audition," she recalled.

Upon learning about the news, Charlie immediately thanked Iza for her referral about the audition.

"Noong audition pa lang, sinabi ko kay Ms. Iza na sa inyo po pala nanggaling, ganyan. Sobrang thank you ako nang thank you sa kanya. Simula noon ang tawag ko na sa kanya siya yung fairy god ate ko. Feeling ko siya rin 'yung nag-open ng door sa akin para makilala ko sina Direk Tonet," she shared.

"Lagi rin niyang sinasabi na masayang-masaya siya na ginamit siya ni God as an instrument para makatulong sa akin kasi alam niya na gustong-gusto ko 'yung project," she added.

Charlie also revealed that Iza messaged her right before the Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 Awards Night last December 27 saying how proud she is of Charlie.

"Lagi niya po akong kinakamusta. Tapos kahapon din po, before 'yung announcement, nagme-message na rin po siya sa'kin na, 'Kahit ano'ng mangyari, proud na proud ako sa'yo. Magiging masaya ako kapag ikaw 'yung nanalo.' Sobrang thankful ko po kay Ms. Iza," she said.

Iza was also among the first to congratulate Charlie on Instagram for her Best Actress win during the MMFF Awards Night.

"Tonight, I feel blessed to witness a star shine brighter. 🌟 I know we were nominated in the same category but I was really rooting for you. I am beyond happy to see you win and thrilled that you mentioned me in your speech. It gives me a sense of purpose beyond self and that is a great gift. How amazing that God used me as an instrument to help you in your journey in becoming the Fan Girl. You were destined for this @charliedizon_ mahal kita. ❤️" she wrote.

Helmed by direk Antoinette Jadaone, “Fan Girl” also stars Paulo Avelino. It is a collaboration between ABS-CBN Films' Black Sheep, Globe Studios, Project 8, Epicmedia, and Crossword Productions.

For those who still haven't seen the film, you can stream “Fan Girl” on-demand via Upstream now! Get your tickets here!

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