Actress Andi Eigenmann revealed on May 25 that she almost quit local showbiz due to feeling unappreciated and unwanted by the Filipino people.
“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," Eigenmann told the media at the Makati Shangri-La during the “Ma’ Rosa” homecoming dinner.
Fortunately, Eigenmann was part of “Ma’Rosa”, a movie directed by Brillante Mendoza which has garnered tons of praise from critics especially for the acting of its cast. The movie is about a woman who had to sell drugs with his husband in order to survive the excessive poverty in the Philippines.
Eigenmann’s mother, Jaclyn Jose, was also a part of the movie and even bagged the prestigious best actress award at the recent 2016 Cannes Film Festival in France, beating A-list actresses such as Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard. Jose also joins the ranks of past winners of the Cannes best actress awards like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore and Rooney Mara.
"I’ve been so emotional since I was in France. Just because of all of the opportunities,” Eigenmann added. She explained that she felt so appreciated when she arrived in France. She was also very happy and proud that her brother, actor Sid Lucero, won a best actor award at the LA Comedy Fest for his lead role in the movie, “Toto.”
Due to her mom’s big win, Eigenmann now believes that people who fall down and fail and can always get back up and try again. She is also hoping to become more recognized and appreciated for her acting skills and not just for her physical appearance and past achievements.