KZ Tandingan moves beyond music

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KZ Tandingan debuts in her acting career with the movie 'The Art of Ligaw,' co-starring veteran actor Epy Quizon.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) — It’s not new seeing a singer suddenly star in a movie.

The likes of Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo, among other local singers, have done it—and still do, proving that their talent is beyond their musical prowess.

Even international music icons like Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Britney Spears have also proved that they deserve a shot at the big screen.

Along with their thriving career in music, these artists also ventured into acting, banerring in blockbuster films that draw patronage from legion of viewers.

One of the country’s most sought-after singers has joined the pack.

KZ Tandingan, dubbed as "Asia's Soul Supreme," debuts in her acting career with the movie “The Art of Ligaw," co-starring veteran actor Epy Quizon. The film tells the story of a 40-something man (Epy) courting a woman (KZ) for the first time in his life.

Jumping into this new endeavor, Tandingan admitted, was not easy, especially that she has never tried acting in the past.

But the 27-year-old Davaoeña said she was able learn the ropes with the help of Epy and the whole team behind the film.

Syempre malaki po ‘yung adjustment kasi hindi ako sanay, pero I’m super thankful kay Sir Jourdan at kay Sir Epy kasi talagang inalalayan nila talaga ako,” she told CNN Philippines’ The Source Friday.

[Translation: Of course I had to make big adjustments because I'm not used to acting, but I'm very thankful of Sir Jourdan and Sir Epy because they really guided me.]

“It was still hard, but it was not as hard as I expected kasi talagang nandun talaga sila, super alalay (because they really guided me),” she added

The director of the film, Jourdan Sebastian, recalled that many were against the selection of KZ and Epy as the leading stars of the film.

Maraming pumalag dun actually (There were many people who didn't want KZ and Epy for the film). Bakit si Epy of all leading actors? He’s known to [play roles like] a rapist or killer. Tapos si KZ ang daming pumalag kasi singer with no acting experience (Then KZ is a singer without an acting experience)," Sebastian said.

Quizon, also the producer of the film, was “scared” to play his role because it was “too close to his character,” the director added.

Sebastian, however, said the two are the perfect fit for the lead characters. KZ, for example, hails from Davao, making her close to her role in the film who is Davaoena.

Ang metaphor ko kasi sa babae was Durian eh, medyo querky, taga-Davao, Bisaya, so sya talaga,” he said.

[Translation: My metaphor in the leading woman of the film was a Durian, quite querky who is a Bisaya from Davao.]

The director shared that the team faced several uncertainties upon creating the movie given that it was his first time to direct a major film and she has a lead actress who is a noob in acting.

“I was scared that it was just a risk. Ang daming risk ng project na ito (This project had a lot of risks), but it all worked well," he said.