More than the attention-grabbing headlines written about her, Andrea Torres is one of the most prized artists of GMA-7. And her upcoming project, Legal Wives, is arguably the Kapuso network's most anticipated drama series. It's a cultural drama about a Muslim Maranao royalty (Dennis Trillo) and his three wives, Amirah (Alice Dixson), Diane (Andrea Torres), and Farrah (Bianca Umali).
Before her new show airs, here are nine things to know about Kapuso lead actress Andrea Torres:
1. Andrea Torres was born on May 4, 1990!
The GMA star turned 31 years old this year and had a simple but meaningful birthday at home with her family.
2. She actually started out as a Kapamilya talent.
Andrea Torres got her start in showbiz in the ABS-CBN reality show Qpids in 2005. According to PEP.ph, she and her love team partner in the show, Dominic Roco, were the fourth couple eliminated from the show.
After taking a few years off from the industry, she came back in 2008 and signed with GMA-7. Her first project with the Kapuso network was the youth-oriented show Ka-blog!
3. She studied at the University Of Santo Tomas.
For college, Andrea Torres took up Communication Arts at the University Of Santo Tomas. Andrea stopped her studies after two years and talked to PEP.ph about her decision, "Things started picking up with my career and I had to put my studies on hold because I felt like showbiz is also time-based. I have to grab the opportunity when it's there, especially since it's my chosen profession."
FYI, Andrea's dad Bob Torres was actually a commerce professor at UST!
4. She got her big break in 2012.
After a few years doing hosting stints and supporting roles onscreen, Andrea Torres finally got her big break in the 2012 drama Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, co-starring Mikael Daez. The series was actually a remake of the hit Tanya Garcia and Dingdong Dantes show of the same name which was aired from 2001 to 2003. Andrea and Mikael's version was also a success and was even extended from 16 weeks to 23 weeks! Because of this, the love team starred in two other dramas, With A Smile (2013) and Ang Lihim Ni Annasandra (2014).
Speaking about Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga, Andrea shared, "It was my launching project. I was so grateful that GMA trusted me enough with such a huge responsibility: doing the remake of a hit show and playing a dual character."
Although Andrea was linked to her Mikael on several occasions, they only remained good friends. In fact, Mikael's then-girlfriend and now-wife Megan Young was actually jealous of Andrea when they first started Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga! But all's well between them now with Megan even saying in her 2020 podcast that she finally spoke about feeling jealous "only because [Andrea's] our friend and I know she'll laugh about this!"
In 2012, Andrea Torres revealed the two Kapuso stars she looked up to and mentioned Marian Rivera and Heart Evangelista. "Marian Rivera siyempre, at Heart Evangelista," she told PEP.ph. "Si Marian, kahit saan mo ilagay magaling siya. Sa comedy, magaling. Horror, magaling. Rom-com, magaling. Sa drama, magaling din. Si Heart naman, gusto ko yung the way she carries herself. Parang napakaano niya, napaka-precious niya. Parang ganun, 'pag tinitingnan mo siya."
Andrea Torres named her most memorable roles and said that in playing Venus in Alyas Robin Hood (2016), "everything just whisked together perfectly." And as for the twin characters Juliet and Jasmine in The Better Woman (2019), she considers them the "most challenging" ones yet.
One look at Andrea Torres' Instagram, you'd see her feed filled with pictures of her big family. Here's a cute throwback photo of Andrea and her four siblings Timothy, Kevin, Angeli, and Kenneth:
Andrea looks up to her parent's 40-year-strong marriage as an inspiration to her. Speaking with PEP.ph she said, "In my 31 years, I have never heard my parents scream at each other. Ni kurot din po, hindi nagawa ng daddy ko sa mommy ko. Ideal po talaga ang atmosphere na nabigay nila sa amin. Our house really feels like a home."
In a 2016 interview, Andrea named her youngest brother Kenneth as the most important person in her life: "Because I feel na he's the person who needs talaga someone to take care of him all the time. Parang that's our role sa family kasi. He has Down Syndrome. Parang kailangan lagi kaming nakadikit sa kanya."
Andrea Torres publicly dated two showbiz personalities. She was linked to fellow Kapuso star Sef Cadayona from 2014 to 2017, and then her The Better Woman leading man Derek Ramsay from 2019 to 2020. Andrea is currently unattached to anyone and is thriving in her single life!
Andrea Torres is a proud mom to one-year-old Lewis, a Siamese cat!