AN­DRE paras

This 20-year-old ath­lete-turned-ris­ing-ac­tor and on-screen flame of this month's cover girl Yassi Press­man charms us with his easy sense of hu­mor and boy-next-door good looks.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Fun, Fearless Celebs -

WE first got to know you as a promis­ing sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ath­lete. Why DID you pur­sue act­ing?

Even as a bas­ket­ball player and stu­dent, I was do­ing com­mer­cials. I’ve al­ways loved en­ter­tain­ing peo­ple and mak­ing them laugh. It was hard to let go of bas­ket­ball at first be­cause it's been such a big part of my life. It was like my ther­apy, my main thing. I miss play­ing with a team, feel­ing school spirit, and that rush you get from win­ning a game to­gether. It’ll al­ways be a part of me, but I felt like I had done what I could as a player.

What Roles Do you En­joy the most?

I en­joy do­ing rom-coms and comedic roles—be­ing silly and fun, be­ing my­self while also be­ing in char­ac­ter. I’m glad ro­man­tic com­edy is a genre that’s flour­ish­ing now, and I'm lucky to be an ac­tor at a time when there’s a de­mand for it. Datikasi, it was all drama and ac­tion. I look for­ward to learn­ing from the whole process so I can even­tu­ally ex­plore be­ing be­hind the cam­era.

What Do you Do for fun?

I still play bas­ket­ball, and I like go­ing out with friends. Yassi and I have be­come re­ally

Cos­mopoli­tan close. We have our friends in show­biz, and we’ve be­come friends with each other’s old friends as well. We all usu­ally hang out at the bar she owns. When my bros from high school are free, we play ball and video games. Boys will al­ways be boys!

ARE you sin­gle? What’s your style?

I’m sin­gle! I’m not ac­tively look­ing, but if it hap­pens, it hap­pens. I think I have to change my ligaw style! I al­ways mess up. Paranghindi ef­fec­tive eh. Most of the time I just end up be­ing good friends with the girls I date. Maybe it’s also be­cause I’m still young.

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