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Liza Soberano makes PH proud with Hollywood film debut in ‘Lisa Frankenstein’

by Gaby Agbulos

THE film Lisa Frankenstein finally starts screening in cinemas nationwide starting today, February 7th.

To commemorate the film’s debut, the cast graced the red carpet at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. 

In attendance was beloved Filipina actress Liza Soberano, who’s been making headlines since it was revealed that she would be a part of the cast.

At the event, Soberano was styled by Hollywood celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly, who dressed the artist in a colorful dress from Olivier Theyskens and an eye-catching flower choker. 

Her makeup was done by Filipino makeup artist Mickey See and hairstylist Renz Pangilian, who did an amazing job of highlighting her features and perfectly framing her face.

Photos courtesy of Kim Wee Ebol

About Lisa Frankenstein

Lisa Frankenstein is a horror-comedy film directed by first-time feature director Zelda Williams and Academy-Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. It takes an entirely new approach to Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Set in 1989, high school senior Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) spends her time hanging out at the abandoned cemetery in her town. She finds herself starting to visit the grave of a young man (Cole Sprouse) who died decades ago, and eventually, this simple pastime changes the course of her life forever when she accidentally reanimates him, bringing him back to life.

Lisa must now try to navigate life now that this man from the Victorian era is a part of it, and from her journey ensues a unique coming-of-rage love story that brings camp to the horror-slash-romcom genre.

In this film, Soberano plays a girl named Taffy, Lisa’s popular stepsister. While she may be seen as a ditzy cheerleader, there’s actually a pure heart lurking underneath her perky exterior.

Starring alongside her is Kathryn Newton, who has been a part of a number of films and television shows such as Big Little Lies and Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. With them is Cole Sprouse, famous for his shows The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Riverdale. 

Joe Chrest from Stranger Things, Henry Eikenberry from The Crowded Room, and Carla Gugino from San Andreas are also a part of the film.

Soberano recounts that she met the director during a trip to LA, and as soon as the latter brought the project up to her, she was hooked. She grew even more interested when she found out Diablo Cody would be part of the project, and simply had to audition for it.

“It’s the kind of movie I’ve always wanted to do; it has horror, comedy, and romance in one,” Soberano shared.

“I was looking for a role that would really push me. Sure, it’s a huge risk for my career, but that’s what’s exciting about it! I know I’ve learned a lot no matter how it turns out, [and] that’s what counts.” 

Photos courtesy of Kim Wee Ebol

Liza’s career thus far

For most of her career in the Philippines, Soberano was known as another half of a love team with co-actor Enrique Gil. 

More recently, though, she’s started to branch out in terms of her career, talking about how she used to feel boxed in when she was partnered with Gil career-wise.

While she felt comfortable with Gil, she realized later on that there were a lot of things she wasn’t doing in her career, and that being boxed in a love team like that felt dangerous both for her mental health as well as her growth.

Now, aside from her debut, Soberano has continued to stay booked and busy despite some negative reactions to her rebranding. Since then, she’s been on the popular Korean web show Hwaiting and is sure to have many more projects lined up following the debut of Lisa Frankenstein. 

Photos courtesy of Kim Wee Ebol


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