Andi Eigenmann says being part of a showbiz clan has pros and cons

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"Even if they're my parents, I am still my own person, I'm an individual, I have my own image, I have my own name to uphold," says Andi Eigenmann about being the daughter of award-winning actors Mark Gil and Jaclyn Jose.


Agua Bendita star Andi Eigenmann is grateful that even though her parents Mark Gil and Jaclyn Jose are separated, they still give her so much support in her showbiz career.

Last night, April 29, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spotted her mother and half-brother Gabby Eigenmann waiting for her to appear on stage during the launch of her new endorsement, The Ramp Crossings, at TriNoma in Quezon City.

Andi said that although she lives with her mom, she still gets to communicate with her father, who is also an award-winning actor and one of the children of veteran actors Eddie Mesa and Rosemarie Gil

"He's very proud [of me]," said Andi. "My Dad and I talk whenever we can. Parang textmate ko na siya kasi I never get to see anybody anymore. But my dada never fails to keep in touch. We tell stories, he never forgets to do that."

What advice did she get from her father when she entered show business?

"Siyempre po, sinasabi niya na dahan-dahan lang daw. I should always take it easy, 'yon lang. Siyempre, bilang tatay ko siya, sinasabi niya na huwag na muna daw po ako magpapa-sexy."

BELONGING TO SHOWBIZ CLAN. As part of the third generation of Mesa-Gil clan of actors, the 17-year-old actress admits that she feels a little pressured about her job.

Andi said, "I wouldn't help but be pressured because my parents are really good actors. And I'm sure they made a name in this business. On the other hand, I'm a newbie, I'm still making my way there. I feel pressured, but then I have parents who are very supportive and very loving. And they always make it a point na I don't have to do that. Even if they're my parents, I am still my own person, I'm an individual, I have my own image, I have my own name to uphold."

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The young Kapamilya actress also mentioned that she has learned the advantages and disadvantages of being part of the family of actors. Aside from her and Gabby, their siblings Sid Lucero and Max Eigenmann and cousins Ryan and Geoff Eigenmann are also part of the industry.

"In a way, ang disadvantage po, ang dami na namin sa industriya. Baka isipin ng mga tao na parang, ''Yan na naman, isa na naman. Wala na, ayaw ko na niyan.' Baka hindi na ako mabigyan ng chance. Another is that baka mahirapan ako mag-step out of the shadow of my parents—which I believe is not true because people are kind enough to give me a chance. And, you know, getting to know me, getting to see what I have.

"Siyempre, 'yong mga advantages," she continued, "I belong to a showbiz clan. So, parang 'yong mga tao, sobrang touching nga. Sinasabi nila na since I'm an Eigenmann and I'm the daughter of Ms. Jaclyn Jose, I probably have it. Parang siguro it's genetic, na parang kung anong talent ang mayroon sila, mayroon din po ako."

How would she be different from her siblings and cousins?

"First of all, most of them are guys," Andi answered. "It's just Ate Max and me na pumasok sa industriya [na babae]. So, madali na rin po ako ma-differentiate in that way. Pero really, hindi ko rin po madi-differentiate kasi everyone of us is different, lahat naman kasi kami iba-iba. Malalaman n'yo na lang siguro by the looks or by how we talk. Pero iba-iba po kami talagang lahat. I guess 'yong who I am, pagiging bubbly ko, 'yong makulit siguro."

As a newcomer, Andi also hopes to work with any of her family members someday. If given the chance, the Agua Bendita actress would want to have an acting project with her Kuya Sid.

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She said, "Matsa-challenge ako to work with... Well, since we're in the same channel [ABS-CBN], kuya ko, si Sid Lucero. Kasi siyempre, batikang aktor at kapatid ko pa siya. Kapag nag-work kami together, sobrang fun. I guess other than it being a challenge, it will be a really fun experience."

Aside from Agua Bendita, Andi will also be doing a movie with comedienne Eugene Domingo and John Lapus and she will also be part of the remake of the '80s film Temptation Island. These movies are part of her three-picture contract with Regal Entertainment.


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