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Andrew E on struggles starting out in showbiz: ‘Pinalalabas pa ako ng mga security guard’

Andrew E looks back on his earlier years auditioning for his first acting project.

Andrew E on struggles starting out in showbiz: ‘Pinalalabas pa ako ng mga security guard’-Rhea Manila Santos
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01/01/2022 12:26 PM
Andrew E on struggles starting out in showbiz: ‘Pinalalabas pa ako ng mga security guard’
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Looking back on his humble beginnings in showbiz three decades ago, rapper and actor Andrew E admitted there are experiences he had that he hopes his children would never have to go through if ever they follow in his footsteps.

“Number one and foremost and the one and only answer, ang ayokong maranasan nila yung pag-enter ko sa showbiz. Yung pag-o-audition pa lang ako nung araw. 31 years ago nag-o-audition pa lang ako na hindi ako pinapansin, hindi ako tinatanggap. Minsan pinalalabas pa ako ng mga security guard ng network. At niri-reject ako to the point na ayaw man lang pagmasdan or tingnan or i-evaluate ang aking talent.

“Dahil ang nakikita nila yung pangangatawang itsura ko lang and panlabas na itsura ko lang. And feeling nila nakakapagtaka bakit ako nag-o-audition eh wala naman akong itsurang artista. And at the same time, hindi naman ako kagandahang lalake din para sabihin mong papasa ako sa audition na maybe 100 or 200 people ang nag-o-audition katulad ko na nangangarap din. So yun yung ayaw kong maranasan nila,” he shared. 


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The Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo 2: Aussie! Aussie! O Sige! star said it takes real guts to endure all the rejections he had to go through before getting his first real break in the industry.

“It took me four years to be accepted in my very first audition. Imagine mo yun sa four years audition ka ng audition, baka sa one month na auditon umayaw ka na eh. Eh ako four years so siguro yan ang gusto kong huwag nilang maranasan because hindi nila matatanggap yun. Buti kung Andrew E. yun na matatag ang kalooban, matibay ang aking isip and I am so determined to show my talent. Eh paano yung mga hindi ko katulad na mabababaw ang damdamin, yung mga madaling masaktan at madaling magdamdam. Eh feeling ko, matikman mo lang ang kalingkingan nun umayaw ka na,” he explained.

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When he was just starting out, Andrew said he never experienced any form of harassment when he was still making his rounds of auditions.

“Sexual harassment wala naman kasi hindi naman ako kagandahang lalake. Nangyayari lang yung harassment siguro sa kapag ang isang nag-o-audition ay kanais-nais, karapat-dapat, or maybe katukso-tukso na ma-harass. Ako, wala sa akin yung tatlong yun kaya hindi ko rin naranasan yun,” he added. 

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Watch Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo 2: Aussie! Aussie! O Sige! on Vivamax. Starring Andrew E, Janno Gibbs, Dennis Padilla, Rose Van Ginkel, Ali Forbes, Stephanie Raz, Angela Morena, and Juliana Parizcova Segovia. Directed by Al Tantay.