Atasha & An­dres

YES! (Philippines) - - Interview -

Fra­ter­nal twins Atasha and An­dres Muh­lach have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests in sports, par­tic­u­larly bas­ket­ball.

Atasha is also in­clined to­ward the per­for­mance arts, hav­ing been part of the 2011 stag­ing of the mu­si­cal The Sound of Mu­sic at the Re­sorts World Manila in Pasay City. She played Brigitta von Trapp, the fifth in the seven chil­dren of the mu­sic-lov­ing von Trapp fam­ily.

Lately, Atasha has been show­ing her gift for the vis­ual arts, par­tic­u­larly paint­ing. But she’s not quite sure yet if she’ll pur­sue the sub­ject in col­lege and make a ca­reer out of it. “I just wanna fin­ish school first,” she told YES! “One step at a time, and see how things go. What­ever hap­pens, hap­pens.”

Her mom Char­lene, who gets the credit for Atasha’s tal­ent, is more ex­cited for the artist-in-the- mak­ing to have an ex­hibit. “It’s al­ways been, like, a dream pet project that, you know, we say, ‘If you’d want to do it in the fu­ture, why not?’ So I have kept her work through the years. So, it’s just there. If one day she de­cides, we’ll see. But it has to be her de­ci­sion, not Mama’s de­ci­sion.”

Like his sis­ter, An­dres would rather fo­cus on his cur­rent aca­demics than on fu­ture plans in bas­ket­ball. He joined the Global Squad 2017 ros­ter of Alexan­der Bas­ket­ball Academy, a U.S.based or­ga­ni­za­tion that trains fu­ture bas­ket­ball play­ers and stars. But he ad­mit­ted to YES! that he’s not set­ting his sights far in that field.

“Turn­ing pro, I don’t think so,” he said. “Col­le­giate league in the States, maybe. But as of right now, I’m more fo­cused on my stud­ies. I fo­cus more on col­le­giately aca­dem­i­cally than play­ing bas­ket­ball in the States.”

An­dres shows his sense of hu­mor when asked how he com­pares play­ing bas­ket­ball with act­ing in the Jol­libee com­mer­cial.

“Miles apart,” he said. “Like bas­ket­ball, I grew up, you know, like, lov­ing it, know­ing it. I learned every­thing about it. Act­ing is, like, grow­ing up. I hadn’t re­ally learned it that much. I had the ex­pe­ri­ence, but I didn’t re­ally act. You could say there is some act­ing in bas­ket­ball if you take a flop. Ha­haha! There is some sort of act­ing in bas­ket­ball, but def­i­nitely I feel they’re way, way apart.”

The fu­ture heart­throb clammed up when asked about the at­ten­tion he’s get­ting on so­cial me­dia and the com­ments that he’s bet­ter-look­ing than his father. “Hard to be­lieve,” he mut­tered.

Aga butted in: “He looks bet­ter!”

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