Hi Sunny, for those that don't know you, what 5 words best describe who you are?
Loving, loyal, real, confident and bubbly.
Have you always wanted to model?
YES!!! From when I was little, I was always taking part in school shows, girls brigade events and smaller fashion shows. I have also been involved in some charity fashion shows in aid of cancer research and for breast cancer, modeling at a few events in the past. I’ve always wanted to be working within entertainment and I went onto study performing arts, media production and acting techniques and its something that I really love - not just one part, but all areas of the industry! Getting as much work experience as possible is crucial at the start.
Which area do you see yourself doing career wise?
Acting is something that I want to focus on now, after working within TV production and TV presenting for smaller sky channels in the previous years, it’s now my aim to move more into acting mainstream (film/TV), or commercials; even musicals. I am a Spotlight registered Actress so this is a great credit to have and I am constantly updating my portfolio and looks and getting myself out there! Being born and Bred in London, I am British-Asian and I think that there is that niche market which I fit into and I am looking on getting myself seen more, there isn't enough Asians on TV and I really think this is something that would open up a whole new audience. Overall - I don't do giving up! Modeling is also something I am working on, and whilst I am not tall enough for 'Catwalk' - there are still many areas within the industry that I can work on and I am looking to work with many different photographers, brands, designers and stylists. I love getting creative! I recently worked on some new portfolio shots with an amazing photographer - Claire Hill (Woodland Hill Photography) and we did a 1960's style 'Good Girl, Gone Bad' style shoot- It was on location, great fun and something different to portray a different character. Portfolios are key in this industry and keeping them updated!
What spurred you on to delve into the entertainment industry?
I've always been creative and confident and it’s just something you either have or you don't! Davina McCall has forever been my TV presenting Idol, and from the moment I saw her on TV, he style, her charisma and warmth, I wanted to be like her. I see a lot of myself in her, the way she carries herself, her presenting style and her bubblyness - she is an inspiration and someone I look up to. I was also very blessed to meet her whilst my brother in law was working with her on a show, so I was over the moon. She is such a real kind of lady and just as lovely in real life!
You've recently got married, how did you guys meet?
We met four years ago via the good old powers of the internet. I was working in TV production at the time. It’s not your average story or what people think, but how we ended up getting together was simply perfect. You couldn't write a story like that!
Your beautiful wedding to Danny was recently in OK!, how fantastic was the day?
Aww, thanks so much. Yes, it was truly stunning, a dream day and one of the most special days of my life! I took it all in and just enjoyed every second! I am now a Mrs and loving my life! Marrying someone that is your 'the one' is the best feeling ever!
Are you happy you decided to head down the 'OK! wedding route'
The memories are there, but to have them in print and be proud and share our special day with everyone is great. There are some gorgeous photos and something to show everyone in 10 years time.... OK! magazine is a classy and well looked at magazine so I had no second thoughts as they are always very respectful and publish great celebrity features. The team at OK! are just a dream to work with and all the beautiful people who made my day so special - thanks so much from us both!
How's married life? What's it like being a fully-fledged member of the Andre clan?
Married life is great. Its great to be a complete unit but to be honest, I've felt like part of the family for a long, long time now and it’s the best feeling to know that I've officially gained some new brothers and a sister, alongside gorgeous nieces and nephews and great mum and dad in laws! I just love them all! My family has welcomed Danny with open arms and they love him like a son! I love how both our families have always bonded.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
Happy, Successful and Healthy! I've never been one of these people to say, I want this, and I want that, I will give everything my 110% and as long as I have my beautiful family around me, then I am happy. I'm a huge fan of the soaps, in particular, Coronation Street and EastEnders and also reality TV so if any opportunities would arise in either of those - then I would certainly look into them! I'm a confident person, and with me, its 'what you see is what you get', I am a very real person! I have many strings to my bow, and love looking at various projects out there, so things like Big Brother and so on, they don't faze me and work well for some people.
What's coming up next for you?
I have a photo shoot with a top London fashion photographer modeling some gorgeous bridal and evening ball gowns - this is a 1920's inspired shoot and I am also in talks with a producer on a part in a new horror film, soon to be in production, early 2015. Aside from that, I am working more on gaining more modeling projects and acting work.
What advice would you give to someone dreaming of a career in the entertainment industry?
Never give up and follow your heart. work hard, take in as much as possible, and always treat people how you want to be treated. It’s a tough industry, your forever learning, be prepared for knock backs but I find they make u stronger and more determined. just because you might not be right for one person, it doesn't mean that it will always be that way. enjoy, live, learn and never change.
For those who want to follow me and see what I am up to, checkout my official website www.sunnyandre.co.uk and follow me on Twitter @MrsSunnyAndrea.