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THE­MAN: Can you in­tro­duce your­self?

An­drea: I’m An­drea Tor­res. I am from the Philip­pines. I was part of “It Might Be You”; it’s still show­ing on TV. I think they’re go­ing to show other show “With a Smile” on CTN.

Mikael: Hi, I am Mikael. I’m also from the Philip­pines. I’ve done many movies with An­drea. We’ve done “It Might Be You” and an­other one which is “Blood in Dis­pute” here in Cam­bo­dia with fel­low Cam­bo­dian ac­tors. This is my third times here in Cam­bo­dia. I ab­so­lutely love here—the food is great, the peo­ple are great, the sun is ex­tremely hot (laugh). But it’s fine! I mean this is an an­nual thing for me. Ev­ery year, since three years ago, I’ve been here in Cam­bo­dia. So in a way, it’s like a tra­di­tion for me. I re­ally en­joy and I look for­ward to my stay here, and I’m glad that ev­ery time I go, there’s al­ways some­thing new.

THE­MAN: How did you start up your act­ing ca­reer in the Philip­pines?

An­drea: I started to do mod­el­ing first, so I did sev­eral com­mer­cials, print ads, I model for mag­a­zines; and that’s where I was dis­cov­ered by GMA, my net­work in the Philip­pines.

Mikael: Same! I was a model too (laugh). I started out as a model af­ter I grad­u­ated from a col­lege; and af­ter that I signed up with GMA Net­work. It was pretty much straight­for­ward. I was of­fered a chance to try to act, and I did it, and I en­joy it now, and I’m here in Cam­bo­dia.

THE­MAN: What is your first im­pres­sion on Cam­bo­dia?

An­drea: It’s my sec­ond time here. I like it here be­cause it’s like the Philip­pines. There are so many things that are sim­i­lar to what we have at home, and the peo­ple are very friendly. I can’t stop tak­ing my phone out of my bag be­cause I just want to take pic­tures of the whole place.

I like the look of Cam­bo­dia. I like how it’s very warm ev­ery time I come here. So, I didn’t have a hard time stay­ing here, es­pe­cially now I’m go­ing to stay here longer—we’re here for 10 days, so I didn’t have a hard time. It feels like home.

Mikael: Like I said, I’ve been here three times. I like it be­cause peo­ple are very hos­pitable; they’re very sim­i­lar to the Philip­pines. They like serve me a lot of food. They like to say “hello”. They may not able to speak English as much as Filipinos, but they’re very friendly, and that’s al­ways been a plus. And like I said, it’s very hot here but it’s also very hot in the Philip­pines. But I like how An­drea said that she liked the look of Cam­bo­dia; it’s very dif­fer­ent and you can re­ally see the cul­ture and I ap­pre­ci­ate that be­cause I like trav­el­ling, I like to see other cul­ture. Cam­bo­dian are seemed to be very proud of theirs.

THE­MAN: Would you mind de­scrib­ing your roles in Blood in Dis­pute?

An­drea: I played as An­gela, and I’m a girl­friend of Marco (Mikael). So, I’m not re­ally happy with my job. The in­ter­est­ing part of my day de­pends on Marco’s story about his Muai Thai (Boka­tor). So, he goes to Cam­bo­dia, and I fol­low him be­cause I love him so much (Laugh). But be­sides be­ing to­gether in Cam­bo­dia, it’s also an op­por­tu­nity for An­gela to find her­self.

Mikael: My role is Marco. In Blood in Dis­pute, Marco is a Muai Thai cham­pion in the Philip­pines. But his dad is full Cam­bo­dian, so it makes Marco half-Cam­bo­dian, half Filipino. And when a tragedy hap­pens to Marco’s life, he de­cides he wants to go to Cam­bo­dia, and tries out his mar­tial arts there—which is Boka­tor. So, he trains in Cam­bo­dia, and that’s how his story starts. THE­MAN: What is your most mem­o­rable or chal­leng­ing mo­ments while you’re shoot­ing a drama here in Cam­bo­dia? An­drea: The most mem­o­rable mo­ment would be my last shoot­ing day be­cause we started do the heavy scene. And I like do­ing scene like that, I think it’s re­ally ful­fill­ing when you get to cry (laugh). I like that.

Mikael: My train­ing. I’m train­ing 4 hours or 6 hours a day, so that’s re­ally new. I might be a real Muai Thai Cham­pion (laugh). So here in Cam­bo­dia, they’re ac­tu­ally teach­ing real Boka­tor. And that’s been fun. It’s some­thing so new to me, and it’s def­i­nitely my most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence. THE­MAN: Have you had any ex­pe­ri­ence with the mar­tial arts be­fore? How do you find Boka­tor?

Mikael: I’m train­ing for al­most twice or four times a week. Four hours a day. So, mar­tial arts are new to me, stunt fight­ing is rel­a­tively new to me. So, ev­ery­thing is so new, ev­ery­thing is a huge chal­lenge. It’s tir­ing and hurt a lot, but it’s been fun be­cause I know it’s go­ing to do very well for our movie. Like I said, it’s been re­ally in­ter­est­ing, and I know ev­ery day I will be im­prov­ing, so I just keep on go­ing. THE­MAN: An­drea, do you find any dif­fer­ences be­tween your role in Blood in Dis­pute and your other pre­vi­ous movie?

An­drea: I think of all the roles I did; this is the one where most peo­ple see them­selves be­cause it’s not com­pli­cated, the story that I did be­fore was very heavy. This one I think they can re­ally do. THE­MAN: How do you pre­pare your­self know­ing that you will be work­ing with Cam­bo­dian ac­tors?

An­drea: We did our homework. I read the script, and I make sure that I know my char­ac­ter very well. So when I come here, I would just be very open to what­ever hap­pen be­cause I don’t know what to ex­pect. It’s the first time that we do have a co-pro­duc­tion in the Philip­pines. So, I couldn’t re­ally ask ques­tions.

Mikael:out what Well,our roles prepa­ra­tio­nand com­mentsis re­ally sim­ple—weare, it’s usual have­for thea script, re­quire­men­twe find for moviejust fig­ure shoot­ing. things And out. we just de­cided we’re go­ing to drop in here; we THE­MAN:fans? How do you feel when you’re well ac­cepted by Cam­bo­dian

An­drea:have a movie We’re here, happy, and and work we with didn’t Cam­bo­di­an­ex­pect this ac­tors.that we’reSo, I’m go­ing al­waysto ex­cited when­ever I have projects here in Cam­bo­dia, when­ever I have to do pro­mo­tion in Cam­bo­dia be­cause ev­ery­one treats us like we’re Cam­bo­dian as well. It’s the same how they wel­come us here; it’s the same with peo­ple in the Philip­pines.

Mikael: Like I said ear­lier, they’re very hos­pitable, they’re very nice. In a way, they’re re­ally sim­i­lar to the Philip­pines. They say hi, they ask ‘hey can I take a photo?’ and they smile at you, and they say ‘more pho­tos” and I say ok (laugh).

THE­MAN: Let’s move on a bit to fash­ion, how do you de­fine fash­ion?

An­drea: For me, fash­ion is the way to ex­press your­self, so there shouldn’t have rules, you shouldn’t afraid to try new dress or to make up your own style. So, I’m pretty play­ful when it comes to fash­ion. I like try­ing dif­fer­ent looks.

Mikael: Fash­ion! She hits the nail on the head. I think fash­ion is a great way to ex­press your­self. Ac­tu­ally just now that I’m re­ally into what I wear, be­fore I re­ally didn’t care what I wear. What­ever I see on my closet I’m like pssh, but now you know since it’s such an im­por­tant part of our in­dus­try, of my work, then it’s some­thing more that I in­volve with. I do en­joy ex­per­i­ment thing such as match­ing my socks, my shoes (laugh).

THE­MAN: How do you de­scribe your own style?

An­drea: I don’t know—I try dif­fer­ent look all the time. It’s al­ways fem­i­nine, I like skirts, I like dresses. Even if I go for a rocker chick look, I al­ways make sure that I look fem­i­nine and good (laugh). Mikael: Me, I used to be very laid back. But now I can­not say that my out­fits are laid back. Nowa­days I’m more ad­ven­tur­ous. I like color nowa­days, I like a lot of color. I like mix­ing and match­ing, I’d do any­thing or what­ever I see, I’ll go for it. THE­MAN: Since you’re busy with your ca­reer, how do you main­tain your fit­ness?

Mikael: Oh, just eat and eat and eat. Just kid­ding (laugh).

An­drea: We just al­ways find time to go to the gym—should be our pri­or­ity. Some­times I wake up at 5am, just to go to the gym or af­ter work I go to the gym, just be­cause I want to burn ev­ery­thing. Mikael: A few weeks af­ter 5am, I’m up around 12 mid­night. An­drea: Yeah, gym gets us crazy (laugh). THE­MAN: What’s one thing that peo­ple will be sur­prised to know about you?

An­drea: I eat a lot, I guess. They al­ways think that I eat so lit­tle, but I ac­tu­ally can fin­ish three cup­cakes. Some­times I can fin­ish one big burger by my­self, I can fin­ish two cups of fries by my­self.

Mikael: Well, for Cam­bo­dian, they don’t know that I have 8 broth­ers and sis­ters. I am num­ber 2 of 9 kids, and yeah it’s fun in the house. It’s crazy all the time (gig­gle). THE­MAN: Mikael, words from you for men here on how to be stylist and healthy?

Mikael: Be­ing healthy first—I think be­ing healthy is eat­ing right. You can eat any­thing you want, but at the same time you need to know what’s good for you. So, you don’t drink a lot of beer ev­ery day—that’s bad for you, right. You need to do ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion. Ba­si­cally, bal­ance your diet will be the best for you. I don’t think you should cut out any­thing like, if you like rice, you can eat rice, if you like noo­dle, you can eat noo­dle, if you like beer you can drink beer; but I think you need to bal­ance be­tween ev­ery­thing you eat or all the dif­fer­ent kind of food that you eat. In terms of try­ing to be stylist, I think you shouldn’t be care about what other peo­ple say. If you’re happy with what you’re wear­ing, then you’re happy. That’s all it mat­ters. THE­MAN: The last ques­tion, any last mes­sage for your fans in Cam­bo­dia?

An­drea: Of course, a big big thank you for sup­port­ing “It Might Be You”. Please wait for “With A Smile”, it’s com­ing soon and of course, “Blood in Dis­pute”. Thank you so much for al­ways invit­ing us, and al­ways wel­come us.

Mikael: Big orkun to Cam­bo­di­ans, and thank you al­ways for feed­ing us the food (laugh). I hope that ev­ery year I get to come back. I hope ev­ery year, Cam­bo­dia will in­vite me and An­drea back here. We al­ways be will­ingly, ex­cit­ingly, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, come over.



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