A lovely Andrea Torres, GMA-7 actress, walked in the YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars event last July 25.
The 23-year-old actress flaunted her smooth back and slender body in a flowing printed gray gown that just about validated her debut in the yearly catalog of the most beautiful Filipino celebrities.
She just checked an item off her bucket list, she happily relayed to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a one-on-one interview, expressing that making it to the list has always been one of her goals since her transition from commercial model to TV actress.
Teased that she might land the cover next year, Andrea did not play coy.
“Siyempre ine-aim natin yun! Gusto ko rin magkaro’n ng cover. Pagta-trabahuhan natin 'yan!” was her eager response.
No wonder Andrea is steadily making a name for herself. The attractive morena talent stars in her second soap, With A Smile, which immediately followed her first starring role in the defunct afternoon teleserye, Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.
It must help to be an optimist as well. Andrea shared, “Ngayon nga may tinuro sa akin yung Mom ko— pag nagpe-pray ka, usually may hinihiling kang something, di ba?”
“Ako ngayon, puro thank you na lang. Parang more on kina-count ko yung blessings ko every day.”
Andrea does not count out even the littlest reasons to be grateful—something that not most people practice.
“Usually nakakalimutan mong mapansin lalo na ngayon very busy. So ngayon yun yung attitude ko— very positive lang!”
CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA. Playing the leading lady of Christian Bautista has placed Andrea in a hot seat. As the balladeer/actor’s rumored break-up with his Chinese-Romanian girlfriend, Magic 89.9 DJ Carla Dunareanu, has yet to be confirmed, Andrea is being questioned by the media if she has a hand in the said split.
Despite the tireless prying by pushy entertainment reporters, Andrea does not take it against Christian or the media.
The GMA-7 talent instead described her on-screen partner, “Ang gaan-gaan niyang kasama kasi makuwento siya tapos pag nagkukuwento ka sa kanya, alam mong nakikinig siya.
“Alam mo, yung interesado siya sa 'yo? Interesado siyang makilala ka.”
This makes work easy, said Andrea.
“Hindi na ako kailangang mag-effort dun sa chemistry o na maging natural ang labas ng kulitan o asaran namin.
“Parang natural na lang siyang nakakatuwang tignan kasi nga nagkakaro’n kami ng magandang connection ni Christian.”
Just how close have they become?
The actress did not deny that Christian has grown comfortable in sharing details of his personal life—those that he has kept private, especially from the press. This, Andrea appreciates most because she gains much from the wisdom Christian imparts.
She shared, “Yung lalaking yun, ang daming advice. Sobrang lalim niyang tao, so marami kang mapupulot sa kanya!”
When gently asked about Christian’s girlfriend, Andrea sincerely replied, “Yun ang hindi ko alam.
“May ugali kasi ako na kapag hindi sinabi sa akin, hindi ko naman itatanong kasi parang feeling ko, kusa siya dapat…”
Whether or not Christian and Carla have broken up, Andrea attests to the professionalism that her With a Smile co-actor shows at work. She and Christian, like the rest of the cast and crew, keep their focus.
“Kailangan. Kasi ang bilis ng takbo ng showbiz, di ba?
“Kailangan palaging 100 percent binibigay mo kasi parang feeling ko, audition siya for the next show.
“So, para lang wala akong kaba, hindi ko iniisip na sana ginawa ko ‘to, sana ginawa ko 'yan, parang ganyan,” stressed Andrea.
“INTRIGUE-FREE.” The aforementioned innuendo aside, Andrea has steered clear of nasty intrigues one that has prompted entertainment writers to ask her, “Wala ka bang problema sa buhay?” during interviews.
She gave out a hearty laugh, saying, “Kasi wala daw masyadong matanong kasi wala e, walang tsismis, which is, I think, okay naman!”
While 'bad publicity is still publicity', Andrea chooses to stay out of trouble.
“Dapat din talaga mag-behave. Kasi feeling ko madaling bawiin, di ba?
“Madaling bawiin ng Panginoon ang grasya pag pinapakita mo na hindi mo siya inaalagaan.”
The young actress is not one to be caught in a conflict, be it a catfight with a co-actor or causing delay due to diva demands.
“Hindi ako basta-basta gumagawa ng kahit anong bagay na hindi ko iniisip kung ano ba yung magiging consequence,” she said firmly.
BEAUTY REGIMEN. Towards the end of summer Andrea’s May 24 Instagram post, which displayed her toned, slim body in an orange two-piece, caught the attention of PEP.ph’s PEParazzi.
Does the post suggest a desire to pose as cover girl of men’s magazine FHM?
“Ay! Hindi pa! Masyado pang maaga. Ano lang… kasi siyempre sa lugar na yun, kailangan talagang naka-swim suit ka,” an astonished Andrea reacted.
The actress explained that her Boracay “selfie” was meant to celebrate the body she has achieved after all the gruelling workouts.
Andrea also pointed out that for one with a voracious appetite as hers—being a sweet tooth at that—following a healthy diet and keeping a strict workout routine takes great effort.
“Parang gusto ko lang na bago ako bumalik sa dati kong ways e magkaro’n ako ng picture nung pinaghirapan ko,” she said.
Her regimen consists of eating right, never skipping meals or depriving herself of a cheat meal (dessert usually), and working out almost every day.
Even when her hectic schedule makes it impossible, Andrea manages to squeeze in gym time. Sweating out calories for the actress consists of a 45-minute cardio workout and weight training four times a week.
The actress personally recommends the latter.
“Dati, iniisip ko, pag nagbuhat ka, sobra kang magiging maskulado, pero hindi pala.
“Parang good siya for your metabolism.
“Para kahit, kumbaga yung hindi ka nag-e-exercise, nagbe-burn nang mabilis yung … kailangan talaga may buhat,” she shared.
LOVE LIFE WILL COME AT THE RIGHT TIME. It is hard to believe that one as beautiful as Andrea is dating no gorgeous guy at the moment.
“May mga times na meron kang makikilala, ganyan. Pero wala pa naman dun sa point na magiging isang relationship siya,” she said.
Andrea’s full attention is always on work, leaving zero time for dating.
When the right one does come, the actress said that she would not be afraid to take a chance. It all has to do with keeping everything in balance as well as finding an understanding man.
“Basta, kayong dalawa nung partner mo, mag-uusap talaga kayo kung ano yung set-up para alam niya kung paano kikilos sa trabaho mo tapos ikaw din sa kanya kung paano mo ma-ke-cater yung needs niya.
“Feel ko, kaya naman. Basta ibigay mo yung best mo sa trabaho mo, hindi yung tinatamad ka na mag-work. Usually kasi ganun, e.
“Sa age ko, gusto mo mag-date na lang kayo ng boyfriend mo.”
Does she tend to be like that?
“Before, ganun ako sa mga previous boyfriends ko,” Andrea revealed.
She is also aware that some who are in relationships tend to let go of their diets and compromise their schedule.
Right now, however, Andrea is not willing to give up those things, especially not her career, for someone not worth it.
That said, the actress does not mean she consciously shuns love.
“Hindi ko naman totally bina-block kasi bata pa rin naman ako.
“Gusto ko rin naman ma-experience yung mga ganun. Di ba?
“Ang lungkot naman kung masyado kang work lang. Pero yun nga, yun ang number one priority.”