Stepping out from the shadows of Jomari Yllana and Aiko Melendez, 18-year-old Andre Yllana begins his transition from a celebrity kid to a fresh-faced teen star.

 

Andre Yllana, 18, is out to crave his own path in showbiz.

The son of seasoned talents Jomari Yllana and Aiko Melendez honors the trail his parents have set out for him, but don’t expect him to just be a repeat of their success.

Andre is ready to show the world what he’s got.

Why did you enter showbiz?

Actually kasi naging inspiration parents ko, tapos at the same time, gusto ko rin gawin yung ginagawa ni Mommy at ni Daddy. Tapos nagkataon na si Mommy pati si Daddy support sa’kin.

What did you find interesting about the industry?

Yung acting parang nakikita ko as an art.

Kumbaga it’s a way of expressing how you feel, gano’n.

Hardest adjustment to make as an actor or a celebrity?

Siguro ‘yong having to balance schooling and acting career, kasi mahirap siya isabay talaga.

Advantage and disadvantage of being a celebrity kid?

Advantage siguro yung may mga freebies ka? Hindi ko naman hinihingi yung gano’n, pero alam mo ‘yon? Mga initiative ng mga tao? ‘O, anak ni ganito! Una na sa linya, una sa ganito.’

Siguro disadvatnage hindi lahat ng lugar puwede ko puntahan kita safety purposes. Kumabaga indi laht ng bagay puwede ko gawin? So, may mga limits din.

Misconceptions you want to correct about being a celebrity kid?

Kasi marami nagsasabi ng anak daw ako ni Anjo, e. Si Jomari po tatay ko (laughs}

Best advice you got from your parents?

Always stay humble. Keep your feet on the ground. Yan yung lagi kong inaalala at lagi kong sinusunod.

Local celebrity you idolize aside from your parents?

Si Tita Maja Salvador.

Local celebrity you want to work with?

Si Mommy, pati si Daddy!

What are you most excited to do as an actor?

Gusto ko magkaroon ng project with Mommy and Daddy. Excited ako magkaroon kami ng kahit teleserye lang with Mommy o kaya with Daddy. Gusto ko talaga magkaroon ng acting experience kasama ng parents ko.

First acting gig?

The Greatest Love. Siyempre kabado, maraming pumapasok sa isip mo. Uunahan ka ng kaba, tapos at the same time excited ka dahil nga first time. Paghahandaan mo, gigising kang maaga.

Masaya naman para sa’kin. Gusto ko pang gawin talaga.

A trait you got from your dad:

Hindi ko alam kung trait siya, e, pero yung pag-wewet ng lips?

A trait you got from your mom:

Kasi si Mommy kapag ayaw niya sa’yo, ayaw niya sa’yo.

Pero kapag gusto ka niya, marunong siya makisama.

Yun siguro. Hindi ako plastic. Kung ayaw ko sa’yo, bahala ka sa buhay mo. (laughs)

Life motto:

Be humble.

Biggest inspiration:

Lola ko. When naging busy Mommy ko, siya nagpalaki sa’min.

Kumbaga siya naging inspiration, siya naging motivation ko.