Liza Soberano made headlines last July 2022 when she guested on Korean variety show Not Hocance But Scance (Vacation Not a Vacation). After all, it's not every day that you see one of our local talents make an appearance on Korean screens!
The actress seems to have upped the ante since then, as she's just announced her new hosting gig for Liza in Korea, a YouTube series where she explores the vibrant culture of Hallyu land. The show is in collaboration with production company JJ Global, which was on the hunt for a Filipino celebrity to work with. In an interview with PEP.ph, she reveals that filming began in April of this year and that it lasted about 18 days.
However, Liza did acknowledge that an evident challenge was the language barrier between her and the production team. "Siyempre, it’s my first time working with a Korean production company. There’s a bit of a language barrier," she states. "They will always say, 'fighting' or they will say things in Korean and a translator will translate it for me."
Before she bagged the show, the 25-year-old struggled to work with any agency given the limitations. "I’ve actually met with a lot of production companies, a lot of agents and managers, and [they all showed] interest. Pero, sabi nila, balikan ko sila kapag nakakasalita na ako ng Korean," she narrates.
In an effort to learn the language more, Liza shares that she's actively been taking lessons. "I can speak a little now because I kept coming back [to Korea]. I’m doing lessons with their language. I’m really taking it seriously," states the Careless music artist.
As someone who grew up listening to Girls Generation and 2NE1, it's always been an aspiration of Liza's to be part of the Korean entertainment scene. She expounds, saying, "I feel like it’s any actor’s dream to be in a K-drama or to be in a movie in Korea. I personally consider Korea to be the next Hollywood, or if not already the new Hollywood.
"They’re making so much noise in entertainment. Of course, it’s an honor to be part of that."
You can watch the first episode of Liza in Korea here.