A serious thespian

A LOT of women would readily give up their career for a chance at love, but not Andrea del Rosario. The 20-something actress-singer and budding indie film star — who’s currently rushing her next project, a digital film titled Anito (about a childless couple so desperate to have a baby ...

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

Published: Wed 7 Nov 2007, 11:03 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

that they try various means, including the supernatural) — says that while she’s in a relationship now, she wouldn’t be so quick to give up her career for love. “I don’t think anyone should,” says Andrea. “I don’t want to give up something for someone because I might regret it.”

Her new guy is a Frenchman, and before agreeing to become his girlfriend, Andrea asked him where he planned to settle. To her, it was important, because if he asked her to marry him and move to Europe, well, that wasn’t something Andrea was sure she was willing to do. She’d had the chance to do that before, when one of her previous boyfriends, also a Frenchman, asked her to move with him to Europe.

Fortunately, her current boyfriend was willing to put down roots in the country because he has a business that requires him to travel back and forth between the Philippines and Europe. He sources locally-made jewellery and fashion accessories and distributes them in Europe.

It was a relief for Andrea to hear. “I was offered twice before, but I didn’t want to leave my country or be away from my family,” relates Andrea. “Life in Europe is very different, and I’m very close to my family.”

Her career was another major consideration. Launched in show business as part of Star Circle Batch 3 which included the likes of Piolo Pascual, Carlos Agassi and Kaye Abad, Andrea is now in her late 20s, an age which she felt was too late to start a career all over again if she were to relocate to Europe. She knew that if she followed her boyfriend there, she would have to give up all that she had in the Philippines. “I can’t have there what I have here. I’m already in my late 20s, and that’s too late to start a career.”

But it’s never too late to reinvent yourself, and that’s what Andrea is now focusing on. After winning praise from audiences and critics for her portrayal of the kontrabida Mimi on Gulong ng Palad, Andrea’s next goal is to prove that she has what it takes to be a real actress. It’s partly why she went into digital films. She has done three — Rome and Juliet opposite Mylene Dizon, Chopsuey with Piolo Pascual, and the independently-produced action film One Percent Full with Ronnie Ricketts. Her current project, Anito, in which she’s starring opposite Allen Dizon, will be her fourth.

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