I was eavesdropping on Raymond Ang’s conversation with our cover girl, Liza Soberano, and I was both fascinated and impressed. Here was an undoubtedly pretty 18-year-old telling her interviewer that she would prefer to be known for her acting chops rather than her beauty. “When you get older, that all goes away,” I heard her say. She knows talent is really what will carry her further in her line of work.
Luckily for her, she has both. I watched as she breezed through all eight layouts, plus a video shoot of her delivering famous kontrabida lines (watch it on Preview.ph!), all in just three hours. And to top it off, she wasn’t playing her usual sweet-faced role for the cameras. She served us the deadpans and smirks you’d expect from a tough chick dressed in oversized sweats from Vetements and Balenciaga. In fact, her cropped cut for one of this month’s two covers was an option she insisted on. We nearly did not push through with it because it meant extra time in the makeup chair instead of in front of the camera. But Liza herself protested, indicating she wanted to try the look. And with a sharp look at hairstylist Renz Pangilinan and a short but definitive request from her to get it done in under 20 minutes, her long hair was tucked into a short wig. We were all delighted by her willingness to try something unexpected and how she herself took control of the situation. Here’s a girl who knows what she wants and takes the initiative to get it.
So while she may not be the pretty darling you’re accustomed to seeing in this issue’s pages, I think you’ll see a new side to Liza’s beauty that’s neither soft nor delicate. She’s a young woman with confidence, strength and character, and that just may be the most beautiful thing about her.