Andi Eigenmann on being a mother: “There’s never time for me to fall apart.”

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“My biggest fear is that she won’t remember me.” While Andi Eigenmann is kept busy by her comeback projects— teleserye Kahit Puso’y Masugatan and movies Pridyider and Nothing Compares To You— the actress makes it a point to fulfill her responsibility as mother to Adrianna Gabrielle.


A svelte and sexy Andi Eigenmann walked the red carpet of the 6th Star Magic on Saturday night, September 1, at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

The 22-year-old actress-mom made heads turns in her Sasa Jimenez black gown that accentuated her curves and highlighted her now thin waist and slender arms.

Almost a year after giving birth to daughter Adrianna Gabrielle, now 10 months old, Andi has her winning form back. With her hair pulled back in a sleek ponytail, her lips in a luscious red, she sashayed on the red carpet effortlessly.

Halfway through the path to the Rizal Ballroom, Andi stopped to chat with a bunch of reporters who were bound to ask the obvious: How did she do it?

Gleefully she replied, “Diet lang! I’ve been really busy with work lately. I’m actually happy that they allowed me to still be able to attend the event tonight because I’ve been really looking forward to this.”

She added, laughing, “It’s just a matter of self-discipline, a healthy lifestyle, and Sexy Solutions!”

Seeking cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vicki Belo’s aid is not a fact that Andi tries to hide. The young actress’s openness is something she is known for since she became active in showbiz five years ago.

The rough patch she has been through over the past year was nothing she kept from the public. While her unexpected pregnancy came as a shock to all and earned her the criticism of many— some even predicted the early end of her budding career— Andi was not dispirited to get on with life.

Seeing her walk on the red carpet meant more than a celebrity strutting her hot bod for all the world to see. It was, more than anything, a celebratory moment for someone who moved past the humps and bumps of her journey.

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As she was commended for her comeback project— primetime teleserye Kahit Puso’y Masugatan, which she topbills with Iza Calzado, Jake Cuenca, and Gabby Concepcion— Andi conveyed how grateful she is to be part of the show.

“I’m still happy that people are still… people have been supporting me after everything that I’ve gone through in showbiz,” she stated.

Andi added that people have noted the depth in her acting: “I wouldn’t really know that myself but according to other people it is noticeable.

“Whenever I do my job, whenever I’m in front of the camera, it’s more obvious now that I’m really into my job and I’m really trying to do my best.

“I’m giving it my all, all the time!”

As her horror film Pridyider is slated to hit cinemas on September 19, Andi’s next silver screen project is underway. She is currently working on romance-drama Nothing Compares to You with actors Derek Ramsay and Anne Curtis.

The film promises to reveal a bolder Andi Eigenmann.

This she confirmed, “This project that I agreed on, I agreed on it because it’s a challenge for me. It’s a challenge that would be really cool to take at this point in my life.

“I just hope that it will turn out well, that I would succeed in portraying the role because it’s a bit more daring and more mature than I’m used to.”

ANDI AS MOM. Taking on more grown-up roles and bigger challenges are brought about by her changed perspective in life.

Being a mother has compelled Andi to think and act beyond her early 20s.

She said, “Now there’s a little sense of maturity that I’m required to have.

“No matter what, I know that I always have to stand on my own two feet.

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“There’s never time for me to fall apart or feel down because I have another … there’s another life that I’m taking care of and that I’m raising.

“I have the responsibility of that— completely, full-on. So, I’m going to do my best no matter what.”

Being a working mother is no easy task. “Most of the time, I know there’s no reason for me to get tired no matter how much hard work I put into my career and to everything that I do,” she said.

However tiresome it is, Andi relayed that “there is reason to smile because of Elle.” Elle is Andi’s pet name for her little girl.

“But at the same time, you can’t help but get frustrated because of course I never get to spend time with her anymore… I know it’s for her future anyway.”

More than keeping up with her projects, for Andi, the challenge really lies in finding time to spend with her baby.

“When I can, I make Ellie go to the set to visit me. We play there when we can,” she said.

“But other times, I compromise and I sacrifice the amount of time of sleep that I have so that when I get at home, I could still play with her.

“My biggest fear is that she won’t remember me.”

PROUD OF ELLE. More than the projects she is granted these days, Andi’s greatest joy is Elle.

Asked to describe her child, like any proud mother, Andi’s face lit up as she exlaimed, “Oh, no! I’m so happy to have her in my life. She’s such a happy baby!

“She looks like a little marshmallow.

“I swear, she’s my happiness! Whenever I’m with her, wala... she’s always laughing and she’s always smiling.”

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She continued, “And she loves the people! I swear I feel like she’s going to be a supermodel. Sana hindi niya lang makuha yung height ko para pasok, di ba?"

She may be no more than 5 feet two inches tall, but never has Andi Eigenmann stood taller.


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