First look: Empress as Iza Calzado in 'MMK'

Posted at 01/28/2014 11:53 AM | Updated as of 01/28/2014 11:56 AM
Empress Schuck in a fat suit for an upcoming 'MMK' episode about the life of Iza Calzado. Photo from Schuck's Instagram account

MANILA – Empress Schuck feels honored to be chosen to portray fellow actress Iza Calzado for an episode in the long-running drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

“I feel really blessed and this is a big deal for me. Minsan lang na artista ka pero ang pinoportray mo na role ay buhay ng isang artista, napaka-rare na dumating 'yun," Schuck told entertainment website Push.com.ph.

"I feel really blessed and thankful. Thankful ako kay Ate Iza kasi pumayag siya na ako ang gumanap sa life story niya,” she said.

For the upcoming episode, Schuck had to wear a fat suit, depicting the period when Calzado still had weight problems.

“Ito yung story ni Ate Iza Calzado nung bata pa siya kung saan siya nag-struggle 'yun nga from payat hanggang sa tumaba siya. They call it stress-eating, maraming maraming mga struggles and problems ang pagdadaanan ni Ate Iza,” she said.

Calling Calzado’s story as inspirational, Schuck added: “Kailangan nilang abangan kung paano na-overcome ni Ate Iza lahat ng problema niya at paano niya hinandle.”

The special “MMK” episode will air on February 1, ahead of the pilot of “The Biggest Loser” where Calzado is one of the hosts.

Calzado had said in her previous interviews that hosting the reality show means a lot to her considering what she has gone through.

"Mas malaking bagay 'yung magagawa ko. Pagbabago kasi talaga ang tema ng show. Hindi lang physical na pagbabago, kung hindi pagbabago talaga sa mga bagay na gusto mong mabago sa buhay mo," she said.