If there’s one thing you’d admire about Sofia Andres, it’s her deep love for the craft and the profession. And this started at an age when most girls would rather play with dolls, stuffed toys, or just enjoy the whole day watching Disney princesses endlessly.
“When I was three years old. I was doing fashion shows, commercials, print ads. I started enjoying it. I loved it,” Sofia told ABS-CBN.com in an exclusive interview.
But that was not mere playtime or just a mere venue to flaunt her gorgeous looks even at a very early age. It was actually her passion.
Long lines and late nights
She said she endured long lines and late nights as a kid just to audition for a spot in a TV commercial.
“Daming pinagdaanan. I had to ride the jeep, the bus, yung pila. Pag-na-lelate na matapos yung auditions, mga 1-2am. Kasi nakapila kami. Makakauwi pa ba kami? Anong oras na? Tapos ang daming taong nakapila. Pagod na pagod ako noon. Bata pa po ako noon eh,” Sofia said.
Sofia recalled how she braved a powerful typhoon just to make it to an audition.
“Yung tubig nasa hita na namin just to audition for a commercial,” Sofia remembered, stressing how she was willing to face the worst circumstances just to get that spot.
“I really loved to be in front of the camera. Na-enjoy ko siya.Tapos nung nag-start na yung mga taping at shooting, iba yung feeling eh. Iba yung gustong gusto mo ang ginagawa mo. I love it. Sobra,” she emphasized.
And, it would be quite natural for her to go the next level—enter show business. But at first, it was something her mom didn’t approve.
“Ayaw ni mommy kasi ako mag-artista. Kasi she knows na stressful, di magiging normal ang buhay mo. Di ka na makaka-explore pa,” Sofia stated.
But she insisted and went with her model friends to try her luck with a go-see session in Star Magic.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, tara mag go-see tayo. Sabay sabay kami pumunta sa office ng Star Magic,” she said.
She then went through Star Magic’s usual process of finding new faces.
“Pinaakyat kami. Tinignan kami ni Mr. M (Star Magic head Johnny Manahan) parang nasa aquarium kami. Tapos nag-transfer kami sa bago. Nagulat kami na merong call back. Uy part ka na sa Star Magic ganyan,” Sofia revealed.
But little did she know, those call backs was just a start of a difficult process before she becomes a full-fledged Star Magic talent.
“Akala ko ganoon na yon. Madali na. Pero hindi pala. Kumbaga first step pa lang. After that I did workshops, dance workshops,” she said.
Auditioning for teleseryes
Sofia said she only gave her best in these workshops. After undergoing rigid training, Sofia then auditioned for roles in teleseryes.
“Nag-audition na ako sa Princess and I. And I got the role of Dindi. Yung younger sister ni ate Kathryn (Mikay)… That’s the start,” Sofia declared.
Sofia then got her first big break as the third wheel in another KathNiel project, the movie She’s Dating the Gangster. Then another plum role came in the hit LizQuen series Forevermore, as Kate, who was the former girlfriend of Enrique Gil’s character Xander. She also cameoed in the recent LizQuen movie My Ex and Whys.
After her remarkable run as a supporting actress in major films and teleseryes featuring the country’s top love teams, again went the next big step.
Impressed by her promise, ABS-CBN now wanted to develop Sofia as a lead actress, and it is a given that finding a love team for her would be a big part of it. And they considered a dashing, promising upstart who is starting to make waves just like her—Forevermore co-star, Diego Loyzaga. “
Tinanong kami, sino ang gusto niyong ka-love team. Sabi ko si Diego. Tapos sabi niya (Diego), Sofia. And then okay. So we did workshops together, guestings. Tapos yun they tested the waters,” she said.
They were cast as a couple in subsequent projects but when they starred in an MMK episode “Pantalan,” wherein they played best friends who found true love, their electrifying onscreen chemistry was confirmed.
“Then, nakakuha kami ng feedback, sige gumawa tayo ng teleserye. Sabi ko, oh my God!,” Sofia exclaimed.
Their Sofiego tandem will headline the upcoming afternoon drama, Pusong Ligaw, which premieres on Monday, April 24.
For Sofia, it is her biggest break as an actress, acknowledging however that it is still just the beginning of a long journey.
“Sobrang special kasi launching teleserye namin. Sobrang importante sa akin. Pero first step pa lang. Tine-treat ko siya as first step.”
Her biggest challenge was depicting a strong and independent-minded character, Vida, who would eventually clash with her mother, Marga (Bianca King), over a career decision. Something that is far from the truth in real life.
“Dapat i-front ko na I’m strong, di ako vulnerable. Kaya ko ang sarili ko. But the truth is dependent kasiako sa mommy ko. So here sa Pusong Ligaw, I’m trying to act like I can live on my own,” she said.
With this, Sofia vows she will give her all to deliver a credible and praiseworthy performance.
“Iniisip ko lagi pag-nag-shoo-shoot, pag nag-tetaping kami, parang ito ang last work ko. Kailangan ibigay ko ang lahat. Kasi para ma-prove ko sa kanila, sa ABS, sa Star Creatives na I deserve this project,” Sofia stressed.