Andrea Torres raves about her FHM Philippines cover feature: ''Grabe yung impact niya sa mga tao. Ang lakas ng reach!"

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Andrea Torres describes her first ever FHM cover shoot: "'Di ko akalain na ganito pala kasaya. Akala ko talaga super serious.''


Pasabog. Pink. Tasteful.

This was how Andrea Torres, FHM December 2014 cover girl, described her experience posing for the magazine.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) played catch-up with the Kapuso actress on January 11, 2015, at Robinsons Galleria Movieworld before she went onstage to autograph magazines and have her picture taken with FHM fans and readers.

Andrea drew quite a crowd at her meet-and-greet. Fans asked where they could buy more copies of the popular men's magazine, which were already sold-out at the mall.

She revealed how the FHM cover was a wonderful way to end 2014. "Tuwang-tuwa ako. Actually, 'etong buong December, ang saya-saya ko," she said.

What has been the most touching thing she has read about her cover?

"Yung most touching, natutuwa ako kapag sinasabi nila na, 'Ay, magna-number one na 'yan sa next na 100 Sexiest.'

''Yun ang pinaka... ang sarap sa pakiramdam. Kasi siyempre parang, napi-feel mo na talagang na-appreciate nila yung paghihirap mo na gawin yung cover."

Andrea said she's proud of her body and her first FHM cover. "Kailangan mahalin mo talaga sarili mo, pinaghirapan ko 'eto siyempre!"


RIGHT TIMING. Why did it take the star of the afternoon-serye, Ang Lihim ni Annasandra, this long to agree to pose for the men's magazine?

Andrea shared, "Before kasi, feeling ko, kapag ginawa ko siya na half-hearted, parang bitin, 'tapos hindi ako makakapag-project the way na gusto ko.

''Kasi siyempre lagi mo hahanapin yung best mo, 'di ba, so hindi siya lalabas kung medyo alangan ka."

FUN SHOOT. What was the actual shoot like?

"Actually, na-enjoy ko yung shoot kasi siguro dahil ready na ako, 'tapos nag-prepare din naman ako ng sobra-sobra!" she said.

What was initially planned as an eight lay-out shoot became 16 on the day of the shoot.

"Lahat kami tawa nang tawa. Ang ine-expect ko, lahat sila seryoso. Hindi ko alam na parang magbarkada na pala at the end of the shoot, nagtatawanan. Lahat kami parang, in a way, naging magkaibigan nung time na yun," she said.

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Did she ever become uncomfortable in her sexy shots?

"Actually, baliktad nung shoot. Yung handler, road manager... sila yung, 'Okay kaya 'yan, baka too much?'

"Ako yung, 'Hindi, okay naman, maganda naman.' Kasi nga game na talaga ako," Andrea said.

She said she talked to the photographer, Doc Marlon Pecjo, who helped her get rid of her nervousness and doubts.

"Nagkuwentuhan kami, tinanong niya kung ano yung gusto ko. Nagse-share siya kung ano yung style niya, pati yung mga personal na bagay, napag-usapan namin.

''So naging kaibigan ko na rin siya. By the time nag-start na kami, hindi ko na-feel na lalaki siya, na naiilang ako or anything. Ang alam ko, mayroon siyang vision na gustong niyang ma-achieve namin."

Andrea learned a thing or two during the shoot.

"'Di ko akalain na ganito pala kasaya kapag FHM cover shoot. Akala ko talaga super serious.

''Nag-e-effort talaga sila para maging comfortable ka. 'Tapos andoon din yung respeto. Hindi naman lahat nanonood. Na-enjoy ko talaga."

She even admitted, "Actually, naisip ko, bakit ngayon lang ako nag-FHM, dapat pala noon pa ako pumayag. Ang saya pala!"



FITNESS SECRETS. What did she do to get her body FHM-ready?

"Mahilig talaga ako kumain. So ang ginagawa ko, nag-gym ako. Yung pagkain ko—nag-salad ako, nag-start akong magbawas ng sweets ko.

''Dati kasi, halos every meal, may dessert ako.

"So, effort talaga kasi from taping, wala ka pang tulog. More than 24 hours diretso ka ng gym, 'tapos saka ka pa lang matutulog."

Did she change anything in her existing workout to achieve her desired body for the cover?

Andrea said she encountered a somewhat ''happy problem.''

"Dumating kasi sa point na sobra akong pumayat. So hindi na ako nagka-cardio exercises.

''Kasi takot na ako mabawasan ang timbang ko. Kapag ikaw kasi nagda-diet, focused ka, hindi mo napapansin.

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''Nung nag-comment na yung mga tao, 'tsaka lang ako kumilos. So baligtad. Two weeks before the shoot, nagkakakain naman ako nang sobrang dami.

''Extreme diet, 'tapos super kain. Which is bad, kailangan lang talaga habulin."



CONFIDENCE BUILDER. Now that she has finally ticked off the FHM cover from her list of goals, what has it done for her as a woman and showbiz personality?

Andrea said, "Siyempre, nakakabigay talaga siya ng confidence. Ang dami mong maririnig na comments ng mga tao.

''Sa career, ang pinakamalaking change na nakita ko ay sa Instagram. Doon ko nakita na grabe talaga pala 'etong FHM. Grabe yung impact niya sa mga tao. Ang lakas ng reach!"

When the cover came out, she said, her Instagram followers jumped by the thousands overnight.

Does this mean more FHM covers for her?

She smiled and said, "Tingnan natin king ano ang plano ng FHM."

Will she start playing sexy and sultry roles, instead of her usual wholesome characters?

"Depende sa project. Kasi 'di ko naman masasabi na porke't nag-sexy na ako, lahat ng klase ng sexy kaya ko nang gawin.

''Kung sa tingin ko, tasteful naman siya or may saysay yung pagpapa-sexy, why not?"

When it comes to movies, for example, she clarified, "Kung movie, open ako kung tasteful naman. May napanood ako dati na sexy pero sumakto sa story."

This 2015, she sees herself pursuing a "more mature image. At saka, ang sarap pala manggulat. So, baka gulatin ko pa sila!"

What are her career plans this year?

"Abangan! May something na dadating na first time na naman mangyayari sa career ko. Basta may bago akong pasabog," she said cryptically.



INVESTMENTS. In terms of commitments, Andrea said she is serious about making new investments. "Naghahanap ako ng bagong investments. I'm trying to prepare for the future.

Why does she suddenly want to invest?

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"Ako kasi, marami akong friends na mas matanda sa akin. Doon ako mas madali maging close, e.

''Ako rin naman kasi yung type of person na secure lagi. Ayoko yung 'Ano kaya mangyayari sa akin in three years?' Gusto ko yung alam ko kung ano mangyayari."



BONDING WITH FRIENDS. She revealed how she keeps in touch with her Bubble Gang castmates and her Sunday All Stars family through Viber.

She also clarified her relationship with Sef Cadayona. "Very close kami, four to five years na. Bihira kasi ako na may friend na lalaki, kasi all girl-school kami galing."

What does she appreciate about Sef?

"Na-e-enjoy ko lang siya. Very positive siyang tao, maloko..."

What is her impression of her on-screen partner Mikael Daez, who is frequently linked to Miss World 2013 Megan Young?

Andrea said, "Thankful kami na magkasama, tuwang-tuwang kami sa mga fans."

Mikael and Andrea have never been an off-screen couple but the fans continue to support them.

What is the secret to their successful chemistry and friendship?

Andrea shared, "Nag-start kasi kami nang sabay, first time niya mag-leading man. Ako, first time ko mag-leading woman. Ang iniisip namin ay kung paano mag-work yung love team kaya focused kami sa work."


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