The hottie girl-next-door type won’t fail to make guys’ heads turn, but there’s also something about “boyish” girls that make them appealing as well. Take Analyn Barro, StarStruck 6 avenger, actress, model, and a gamer. She can make the best playmate and beat you head-on if you fail to block her punches and kicks on Tekken or dodge her powerful combos on Mortal Kombat. Taking her out for game night was one of our best ideas ever.
Have you always been into playing games?
Yes! Gosh! Simula elementary days. The first game that I played was Mortal Kombat, you know, in those little stores with consoles where kids drop 1-peso coins? Tumatakas pa ako sa bahay just to play that, pag nahuhuli ako, hinahabol pa ako ni lola! Ha ha!
So what’s your favorite game?
I like the older games. I play Mortal Kombat and Tekken. Of course, I also play mobile games, yung pinaka-uso ngayon, which is Mobile Legends! Ha ha! But games like Mobile Legends can expose your Facebook account to other users, right? You’re okay with that? Yeah, if the account is connected on Facebook, then they can see my face, but that’s okay! I actually like it that I can play with people from different countries.
What made you love video and mobile games?
Well, playing games is really a stress reliever. At least my attention is diverted every time I play because the games can entertain me, especially every time I win.
Do you win often?
Not really, but I like winning!
It seems like you’re really into guy stuff.
Well, medyo boyish talaga ako, ha ha! I’m the type of person na parang lalaki kumilos minsan but still, with a feminine side. My mom is also boyish, feeling ko namana ko ang boyish side ko sa kanya.
I can easily get along with guys, yes, but of course it still depends—as long as he’s not the toxic type of person. Ha ha! What’s important for me is marunong kang makisama.
With your showbiz and modeling career, how do you still make time for your games?
Basta if I have free time, I usually play. For instance, at work, during tengga moments sa set, or if ever something bad happens at a scene, I’ll play.
What made you want to get into acting?
It was never my dream to be an actress, actually parang “trip-trip lang” nung nag-audition ako for StarStruck, ha ha! But unexpectedly, I got in, and I fell in love with acting and pursued it. Since then, things have changed a lot and I feel very happy because I'm blessed with shows. My Love From The Star is the most recent.
How did you prepare for your role in My Love From The Star, which happens to be a remake of the very popular Korean series?
To prepare, I just watched the original series and though hindi ko natapos, I was able to observe Mina’s character, which I am playing now. Mina is the funny PA (personal assistant) and stylist ni Ate Jen [Mercado], and pasensiyosa siya kahit lagi siyang pinapagalitan.
Can you relate with the character?
Yes, because I’m naturally funny like Mina. Maboka ako, lagi akong nag-jojoke, and lagi akong nagpapasaya ng iba. Also, si Mina kasi kahit lagi siyang pinapagalitan, she remains very patient. That’s what makes us alike in real life. With me, every time I play games, I need to be really patient. Ha ha!
How’s it like working with Jennylyn Mercado?
Dati judge ko lang siya sa StarStruck and now nakakaeksena ko na siya. Oh my God! Nakaka-pressure rin talaga, pero good thing she’s super nice and sobrang gaan ka-trabaho. Tinuturuan niya talaga ako.
Now if we look at show business as a game, how are you gonna win this?
First off, yung pagiging mapursigi and masipag ko. Second, to be respectful not just to co-artists but to everyone on the set. And of course, prayers talaga will help me succeed.
After modeling for FHM, can we expect more sexy roles from you in the future?
Ha ha! If mas nag-mature na ako, maybe, why not? Ako naman laging game lang, but hinay-hinay lang, aabot din tayo sa mga mas daring roles in the right time. Ha ha!
This story was originally published in the August 2017 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits were made by the FHM.com.ph editors.
Photography by Paolo Pineda