OCCUPATION: International model
FROM: Verona, Italy, living in New York for the last six years
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: In a relationship
PLAYING AS: Himself
IN A NUTSHELL: Andrea had humble beginnings growing up in a small town in rural Italy. These days, Andrea is an international model who has over 1.2m followers on Instagram. He played Taylor Swift’s new love interest in the music video for “Blank Space” and one of a posse of hot models in the video for Jennifer Lopez’s “I Luh Ya Papi”. He was once featured on Madonna‘s Instagram alongside a string of heart emojis.
MOTIVATION FOR ENTERING THE CIRCLE: Andrea wants to prove that he is more than a pretty face and despite his jet-set career he is still an “average Joe” and down-to-earth.
STRATEGY: Andrea wants to use his charm, sense of humour and personality to win everyone over. Andrea’s profile will be true to himself in terms of his personality.
Where are you from?
I'm originally from Italy. But I've been living in the United States for the past six years.
Are you in a relationship?
Yes, I have a girlfriend.
What interested you about playing The Circle?
When I heard the concept of this show, I really liked it. I thought it was different.
Can you describe your profile on The Circle?
People say I have a douchey look and I look pretty serious but the truth is that I'm actually quite shy. In reality, I'm pretty easy going and I want to show that side of my personality.
What your strategy is to try and win the show?
I have a strategy. I want people to like me and think I am a pleasant person. I want to be friendly with everybody. I'll try to be a little bit flirty with the girls
What social media platforms do you use at home?
I have my biggest followers on Instagram. I also use Facebook, there's an official page that has a bunch of followers and I'm also on Twitter. I'm not really active on Twitter, but I still check it out.
Do you have a favourite social media star?
To be honest with you, I only follow people that I know in person or follow me back but I have a few celebrity followers like Paris Hilton.
Have you ever had a bad experience on social media?
I definitely got catfished in the past but I learned from there. I got catfished by women. I mean, I guess they were women, you never know. They were flirting with me and I was falling for it. But now I have a pretty trained eye to see who is the catfish and who is not.
Have you ever been really invested in a catfish?
No, never, it's just been flirting, I've never really fallen for somebody.
Do think you'll be able to spot any catfishing The Circle?
It's definitely going to be tougher, on Instagram I'm pretty trained. It also depends because if they just lie about like jobs, and age, I can't do too much about it. But if they're going to be somebody else maybe I'll be able to identify them.
Is there anything that really bugs you about social media?
I don't think it is as genuine as it used to be when it first started, I think a lot of people are trying to show off. A lot of people try to emulate people from social media. It's become a little bit toxic.
Were you popular at school?
The last couple years I was pretty popular at school. Everybody knew who I was. I started maturing in the last couple of years and got my first few girlfriends.
How far will you go to win?
I definitely want to compete because I love competing. I'll try my best to win, it's not even for the money is more for myself. The main reason why I'm on the show is because I want to really show my personality.
What would you do with the money if you win?
I haven’t really thought about it. I don’t think I would think about it until I actually won. I like facts more than words.