Andrea Torres is firmly in the spotlight these days, what with her widely acclaimed performance as Sisa in "Maria Clara at Ibarra."
However, it was years of hard work and persistence that got her here today. The Kapuso actress first ventured into showbiz as early as 2005.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Philippines, Andrea said that she'd been through a lot of auditions and rejections.
“Dumating sa point when I got my first ‘Yes,’ I had I had to ask my agent over and over again: ‘Is it really mine? Akin na ba talaga 'tong project na 'to?’" she said. "I was used to going into auditions and leaving na hindi ka tanggap. Dumating na sa point na it doesn't affect me anymore, but I still go because I want to be an actress."
"Feeling ko one day, may makakapansin sa akin," she added.
Once, she spent a whole day under the sun for a role as an extra, where she played passerby.
"Bumaba ako ng tricycle, kailangan talaga makita yung face ko. Tapos pinapagalitan ako ng director kasi ang bagal ko. Pero iniisip ko baka may director na makanood tapos makita niya, ‘Ay ang ganda ng batang bumaba.’ Binababad ko yung face ko noon,” she said.
She only earned P500 for that stint, and her parents got angry with her, but she thought these projects were the key to success.
Now, however, Andrea has effectively won hearts with her powerful portrayal of the tormented Sisa from Dr. Jose Rizal's "Noli Me Tangere."
But despite all the praises she got from it, Andrea was nothing but humble and grateful once she exited "Maria Clara at Ibarra."
"Sisa, maraming salamat sa karangalan na maisabuhay ang kwento mo,” she said on Twitter. "Isa ito sa mga role na di ko kailanman mabibitawan at haaaay, hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala sa biyayang ito.”
—JCB, GMA Integrated News