fresh from her Best Actress win from the Osaka Film Festival and the accolades and positive reviews of her psychosexual thriller, Bliss, Iza had penciled in this shoot and interview in between a mad dash to two screenings of the said film. She was also in the midst of the ketogenic diet, so all the talk of food was a bit of exquisite torture for her. “I can’t have carbs [and] sweets, not even fruits and dairy; cheese makes me puffy,” she catalogues as she and Isabelle Daza enjoy the salads they have brought. As the heated discussions of favorite food cities and comfort food went on, she uttered a fake cry and declared, “Happy tears ’to guys, happy tears!” But all jokes aside, Iza’s eyes can plumb depths of emotions, and when talk turns to food, her eyes are aglow. “I still remember when I would do my cake binges back when I was young and could still do it. I would want to be the first to take a bite from the cake, and I would be so excited to eat that cake, I would eat it straight from the box!”
While Iza wouldn’t go as far as describing herself as a co-founder of the popular food app Booky, which was started and is now being brilliantly expanded and developed by her boyfriend, Ben Wintle, she does describe how it all started. “I don’t like to eat out without reservations, but when you look up a place, the first thing that comes out are the reviews, and then you have to scroll down so far to find the contact details. So I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there were an online phone book for eating out?’ I approved the logo and even the name; I thought it would be good because it is a phone book and a booking at the same time!” Ironically, now that Booky is up and running, Iza and Ben actually spend more time being homebodies in her new flat. She even asked chef Florabel Co of the Florabel restos to ask one of her chefs to teach her to cook. “And now I can make the squash soup without a recipe!” she squeals with glee.
As for her dream food destinations, she is eyeing Sydney, which is known for experimental cuisine with dishes blooming with freshness. “Oh and all of Italy! I’ve never been there, something always happens, but I would love to explore the whole country. And get to know New York more, too!”