You really loved what you were doing during the shoot. We felt it. What was running through your head the whole time?
Siyempre kailangan ko ring i-psyche yung sarili ko. That’s the only way people will feel na hindi ka lost or alangan. I trust everyone na nag-handle sa akin sa FHM team so lahat ng pinapagawa sa akin, ginagawa ko. I know na pare-parehas kami ng wavelength so lahat ng suggestions nila tine-take ko.
How would it have been like if we did the shoot, say, five months ago?
Siguro tingin ko puro one-piece swimsuits lang, very bitin. So at least ngayon mayroong mga pasabog, ha ha! Nakakatawa nga kasi parang ako before yung, “Ayaw kong gawin yan. Hindi pa ako ready na gawin yan.” Tapos one day, nagising na lang ako feeling na, “Parang gusto ko nang mag-FHM.” Tapos that same night, we had a meeting na agad with the management staff. I’m so flattered naman that everyone was present and everyone was so happy with my decision.
Everyone, including your parents?
Actually lahat naman ng parents may pagka-strict kasi protective sila sa’yo. Pero with my parents, since very open yung communication namin, as long as ma-explain ko yung side ko nang mabuti, todo support naman sila. So at least hindi ako nahirapan kasi yung support from my loved ones nandun. Nakakadagdag sila ng lakas ng loob. It’s still my first time so mayroon pa ring kaba, pero I’m excited more than anything.
And what are you most excited about?
That I’ll be able to give something new… And show my daring side. Mas risqué na Andrea!
We can see that. How did you prepare for this transformation?
Firstly, nakaka-add ng confidence if you work out. Inalagaan mo yung sarili mo. Pagdating mo sa shoot, okay na lahat. Plantsado na lahat. At siyempre, yung mismong sa isip mo lang, kailangan mong i-ready yung sarili mo na pag ginawa mo yung shots ay nasa mood ka. I’d look at pictures of Miranda Kerr, Emily Ratajkowski, Eva Mendes. Naappreciate ko yung mga ginawa nila all of a sudden. Before kasi napaka-innocent nung path na tine-take ko so feeling ko lagi pag nakikita ko yung shoots nila, hindi ko kaya, hindi pa ako ready. Ngayon gusto ko lang ng something new. Kasi ang tagal ko na rin dun sa innocent phase ng career. So, level up! Gusto ko naman laging nag-le-level up.
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