Don’t be surprised if you see the usually jolly Andre Paras being a bit quiet these days. Apparently, this is his way of getting under the skin of his character Bradly Castillo on the TV series “The Half Sisters.”
Andre explained that he opted for the method approach based on the advice of his workshop coach who told him that “acting is a 24/7 job.”
“Bale ang ginagawa ko, why not be just the character? Walang masama para masanay ako,” he says, adding, “Para maiba naman.”
His dad, comedian and basketball legend Benjie Paras agrees.
“Sabi niya kasi, acting is not supposed to be acting kasi natural lang dapat. So ’yun ang ginagawa ko, para internalizing my character will come naturally to me,” Andre says.
Adding to his motivation is his younger brother Kobe’s departure for the US some few weeks ago.
Kobe, who is known for his outstanding dunks, is fielding scholarship offers from several top schools in the US.
Andre recalls being emotional the day they bade Kobe goodbye. “Honestly, umiyak ako nu’ng nasa airport siya,” he relates.
Although he knew that his brother was just as sad as they were, Kobe made an effort to keep everyone’s spirits up. “Ayun, tuksuhan pa rin,” Andre says. “(Madalas) kasi hindi namin pinapakita (kapag malungkot kami) pero ako pinakita ko na. So he’s laughing at me, ‘Ahhh iyakin!’ Sabi ko naman, ‘Hindi, magagamit ko ito (sa pag-arte). Akala mo ha!’”
Andre says he already misses Kobe, whom he also considers his best friend. In fact, the former UP Fighting Maroons rookie admits that his game would not have improved had it not been for his brother.
“Kasi ang galing nga niya sa basketball so ’pag nababantayan ko siya, du’n ako natututo. You get challenged sa kapatid ko. Eh ngayon wala na siya so it’s just more of me and training alone na lang talaga,” he says.
Kobe may be away but Andre has nevertheless found an acting buddy in his co-star Derrick Monasterio.
“Para siyang veteran (magbigay ng advice). Dati talaga star struck (ako sa kanya) and then naging magkaibigan kami tapos sinasabi niya, ‘Bro, ikaw bahala. Basta kung anong character maibibigay mo, gawin mo lang.’
Andre, who recently transferred to San Beda College, is taking up Marketing. After earning a bachelor’s degree, he aims to enter film school.
He states, “One of my dreams talaga is to become a director or anything that has something to do with showbiz kasi I’m really interested in entertaining people.”