Emotional Andi Eigenmann recalls almost giving up on showbiz, missing dad Mark Gil

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Andi Eigenmann was emotional as she told the press about her experience at the recently concluded Cannes film festival, where her mother, Jaclyn Jose won the best actress award at the closing ceremonies. (READ: Andi Eigenmann, other stars react to Jaclyn Jose's Cannes victory)

"I’ve been so emotional since I was in France. Just because of all of the opportunities. I was already at the part where I was on the verge of giving up na, probably my time was over in showbiz. And it's done and [maybe] what Filipinos just look for is different from what I can offer," she said during the homecoming dinner for the film's Cannes contingent at the Makati Shangri-La on May 25, Wednesday.

"And I really already embraced that… I believe that na kung ganoon, ganoon (if that's the way it is, that's the way it is.) It's okay. I'll just find something else to do.

"And then all of a sudden, I arrive in France where everybody appreciates me and what I can do. More so, what my mom did, and [we] get home to find out that my brother also brought the name of our country all the way to New York [LA]. 

Andi with mom Jaclyn Jose during the Ma'Rosa Victory Dinner. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Andi with mom Jaclyn Jose during the Ma'Rosa Victory Dinner.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Andi said that the experience in France has been very positive for her. She said that she is also very proud of the recent victory of her brother, actor Sid Lucero, at the LA Comedy Fest. He won the best actor prize for his work in the movie Toto.

"It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that my family is really at it, in terms of making sure that we bring [honor to] the name of our country, not just our last name," Andi added. 

When asked if her mom's win also eased her frustrations about being in showbiz, she said: "Opo. (Yes.) It helped me believe that maybe, yes, you fall down but what you do is you get back up, and you try and you try again. And then, in God's time things like this, will come to you – to all of us." 

"I'm just taking this as a chance to begin again and hopefully, this time, to be recognized and to be appreciated for what I can do. Not just for what I've done, and for how I look, but what I can do because I'm really so passionate about my craft," she added. 

Andi also said she wished her father, the late actor Mark Gil, were alive to celebrate all this with them. Mark died on September 1, 2014 after battling liver cancer.

I lost the only man I know will love me truly. Will forgive me for all my mistakes. I should've made our last days together more worth it. I miss you dad. A photo posted by Andi Eigenmann (@andieigengirl) on Dec 4, 2014 at 8:34pm PST

 

"I feel like my dad is just up there looking down at us," Andi said. "Being so happy. Iyon ang isa sa mga sayang kasi wala na siya dito para ma- witness iyon with us. (That was one of the moments when I did feel some regret because he's not here to witness this with us.)

"Because my dad has always believed, has always been one of my biggest fans," she said.  

"And to know that I made it – kahit na one week lang, 'no? I made it – even if na isang maliit na bagay yung nagawa ko na mapabilang sa isang pelikula na na-recognize abroad, alam ko na sobrang proud niya sa amin," she added.

ANDI'S HOME. Andi Eigenmann recalls her Cannes experience and reflects on its positive impact on her. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

ANDI'S HOME. Andi Eigenmann recalls her Cannes experience and reflects on its positive impact on her.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

(And to know that I made it – even if it was just one week. I made it – even if it was just one small thing, and to be part of a film that was recognized abroad, I know he would be very proud of us.)

Andi, who also acted alongside her mom Jaclyn in Ma'Rosa, has also shared memorable Cannes moments with her fans on social media. She also said that she did two pictorials while she was in Cannes, which will come out soon. – Rappler.com