Still on a high from being part of the film representing the country at the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival for the film Ma’ Rosa, Andi Eigenmann admitted she enjoyed the whole experience which included her mom Jaclyn Jose taking home the prestigious Best Actress award. "It was such a dream. I felt like I was dreaming with my eyes open [during] my entire stay in Cannes. Other than the fact that she was the first Southeast Asian (woman to win the award), it’s a big deal. I feel like because of the way that my mom shared her gratitude sa lahat was because napansin talaga ng mga tao na how big of a deal this is to our country,” she shared during the Ma’ Rosa homecoming dinner held by Solar Entertainment last May 25 at the Makati Shangri-la hotel.
Another unforgettable moment in France for Andi was when she wore an all-white pantsuit by local designer Patty Ang which landed her a spot on Vanity Fair website’s Best Dressed List which also included fashionable Hollywood A-listers like Katy Perry, Chloe Sevigny, Marion Cotillard, and Kirsten Dunst. "It’s my dream and I wanted to make sure that as my dreams come true. Sobrang saya ko as in ang sarap. I actually met Kirsten Dunst and a lot of really beautiful women from Hollywood and around the world and it was just such a grateful feeling. It wasn’t about being best dressed, it was about the fact that they noticed me. And me as someone who was there to only represent the country,” she recalled.
Meeting Kirsten Dunst was a highlight of Andi’s trip. Kirsten was also part of the jury which gave her mom the award. "I told her that I was a fan and sabi niya ang ganda (ko) daw (laughs). Pero it was more about her really being happy about my mom. Sabi niya ang cute daw ng mom ko kasi her speech when she got up the stage it was really so obvious that she wasn’t prepared at all, that she didn’t expect it. You know we were all just there to enjoy the experience and savor the moment that might never happen again,” she admitted.
After her appearance at Cannes, some netizens commented that Andi has similarities to Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clark. "Wow, ngayon ko lang narinig yan and I’m so touched. Ang narinig ko parang Kristen Stewart kasi tomboy daw (laughs) pero other than that I would like to believe that because it’s really because of my passion for what I do. As long as they compare me to these amazing women for the right reasons, for the fact that we share the same passion in acting and film, sobra akong grateful for that,” she said.
Being part of the prestigious film festival was an experience Andi said she would always cherish with her mom who encouraged her to go. "Ever since I was a little girl this was something that I have been dreaming about and my mom kept saying that she was there (to attend) for me because it wasn’t her first time. So she’s experienced it before yung international success na ganyan.”
The Ma’ Rosa actress hoped that her mom’s achievement could give hope to other local artists to continue to strive to do their best. "I was so happy that I got the chance to come with my mom and yung pelikula pa na ginawa ko hindi lang ako kundi kasama ko rin yung nanay ko and yun yung feeling na sinasabi niya palagi it was for me, it was for my experience because she didn’t think that her experience from the previous year could go greater than that. And so, to win not only inspires me but also every other dreamer out there. To know that no matter what happens, no matter how big it is, it’s never impossible to believe in yourself,” she added.