Meet this week’s Campus Cutie, Andrea Perez, a girl who skates, dances, and loves science. There’s a reason why this girl’s middle name is Candy, she’s as sweet as it gets.:
Name: Andrea Candy Perez
Major: Theater/Fashion Design (at Lisa Thon)
Relationship Status: Stable relationship with her dog
HCUPR: You’ve been skateboarding since age 7. How did it all begin?
Andrea: My father has always loved sports, especially surfing, and anything that involved being outdoors. So one time I ask him if I could have a boogie board. At first he was hesitant about it, but he ended up giving in. I’m really thankful he did.
HCUPR: Who is your biggest influence? Why?
Andrea: My dad is my best friend. He taught me how to do so many different things. From telescope bonding, to arts… he’s the reason I have a passion for both the arts and science. He even let me take a sample of his blood to see it on the microscope. He also taught me about movie directors, films, and literature; from Edgar Allan Poe to the Lord of The Rings. My dad has done it all. And he introduced music into my life: he used to play the trumpet a lot before I went to bed.
HCUPR: What makes you an unique individual?
Andrea: I’m very easy to be around with, and open-minded. Also I’m a tomboy at heart.
HCUPR: What did you learn from your mother’s side?
Andrea: My mom is great. Everything I know about religion is because of her. Even though I went to a Catholic school, my mom said I had the right to choose what I wanted to believe in. She also taught me to be truthful to the saying: “my body is my temple”. I take it seriously.
HCUPR: Name three (3) places you’d want to visit and why.
Andrea: I would most likely end up in Australia and live by a Steve Irwin lifestyle. The second one, I’m not sure… a place like Thailand or Indonesia would be great. My last place is near home: Latin America. One of my goals is to go to the Machu Picchu to have my picture taken alonside a llama.
HCUPR: What’s something not many people know about you?
Andrea: I’ve never used crutches in my life. And I’m pretty good at gymnastics and ballet.
HCUPR: You have a thing for wild colors in your hair, is there an inspiration behind it?
Andrea: Of course! Gwen Stefani. I love her hair and style.
HCUPR: What are your goals?
Andrea: I want to travel around the world, create a movement to help animals and become a recognized Hollywood actress, win an Oscar. I want to make my dad proud.
HCUPR: What else do you do apart from acting?
Andrea: I do a little bit of everything. I can act, I like makeup, I sing, I model from time to time, I can also draw… and I like doing science experiments in my free time, creating crystals at home. Not Breaking Bad crystals, actual crystals.
HCUPR: Why do you enjoy experimenting with makeup?
Andrea: It’s a way to express yourself. Also it reminds me that I used to steal my mom’s makeup when I was little to do gory horror makeup, thanks to my dad’s taste in movies.
HCUPR: Describe yourself in 3 words:
Andrea: Adventurous, happy, honest.