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Why Andrea loves the challenge of versatility

Andrea Brillantes' name continues to shine in the field of acting, but real-life ‘drama’ also seems to cling to her fame. In an episode of “Tao Po,” the "High Street" lead star shared her past struggles, and how she turned them into tools for growth and achieving her dreams.

Just like her name, Andrea sparkles like a gem in every role she takes on, leaving a lasting impression among viewers. And it's not just her acting that's admired, but also her model-like skills in posing for her social media and magazine photos. As Andrea's tip, once you know the best angles for your face and body, you're good to go. Check out the video as she gives a tutorial on how to pose fiercely.

Even at a young age, she was already a fashionista. “Mahilig na talaga akong mag-inarte bata pa lang,” admits Andrea, who credits her interest in fashion to her mom, who was a fan of "America's Next Top Model."

At just six years old, she decided to help her family with the finances after her brother got into an accident, “Kailangan namin ng pang-surgery niya, so sumali po ako sa beauty pageant when I was six.” Joining that pageant boosted her confidence, so much so that she felt ready to audition for roles in showbiz.

At 10, she topbilled her own teleserye, "Annaliza," where she was beloved by many for her angelic portrayal. Demonstrating her versatility, she took on a contrasting role as the despised antagonist, Marga, in the afternoon series "Kadenang Ginto."

“’Yung transitioning po from Annaliza to Marga wasn’t really that hard for me. Kasi mahilig po ako sa challenging roles. Feeling ko po doon ako mas nadadalian kasi mas diverse, mas napaglalaruan ko sila,” she said.

And speaking of challenges, she didn't just play one, but twin characters in the hit series "Senior High," which is now back on primetime with a sequel titled "High Street" Reflecting on portraying the two roles, Andrea felt that she resonated with both Luna and Sky in certain aspects. One is fiercer while the other is softer, and she has experienced how to embody both personalities. Specifically, she went through bullying in school as Luna did.

One of the criticisms she faces on social media is being labeled as 'pabebe' due to her her child-like voice, which she clarified is not intentional. “Akala ng mga tao pinipili ko magpa-cute. No’ng nababasa ko ‘yung comments, actually hindi ako nasasaktan... I am kikay but I’m not pabebe, magkaiba ‘yun,” she explained.

Currently, she relates more to Sky, someone who has matured after facing life's hardest blows. Like Sky, Andrea is also single and focused on her career. “I’m fine alone. Kahit mag-isa ako, kaya ko lahat,” she affirmed. “Pero ang love, ang kaisa-isang emosyon na kahit perfect ka na siguro, ‘pag tinamaan ka ng pag-ibig, pwede kang manghina.”

At a very young age, she witnessed the end of her parents' love story, which made her realize that not all relationships last until forever. “Siguro I was seven. Hindi ko gets bakit sila nagse-stay sa isa’t isa kahit ganyan,” she recalled. “Pero n’ung na-in love na ako, ang hirap pala.”

Getting to know Andrea is such a delight, isn't it? She speaks with such ease, and you can learn a lot from her at the same time. So, let's take our getting-to-know-you game up a notch by asking her to play the "Two Truths and One Lie" Challenge. Here, she'll give three statements, and one of them will be a lie, and it's up to us to guess which one.

In the first round, when she was asked about her most embarrassing moment, she listed three possibilities: freezing and unable to speak during a live guesting as a child, almost being kidnapped, and being sent home by a director during a taping because she refused to speak. Believe it or not, the almost-kidnapping incident is true. It happened when she was a kid, and she was with her grandfather outside when a stranger almost took her.

Andrea bowed out in the following rounds as she struggled to come up with more lies. Well, she may not have won the game, but she certainly won our hearts with her display of resilience and learning from the challenges she faces.

Catch her in “High Street", airing weeknights, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live,  TV5, and A2Z.

“High Street” also stars Juan Karlos Labajo, Zaijian Jaranilla, Xyriel Manabat, Elijah Canlas, Miggy Jimenez, Gela Atayde, Tommy Alejandrino, and Daniela Stranner. Also part of the new season are Harvey Bautista, AC Bonifacio, and Ralph de Leon.