Q & A: Yassi Pressman on being a #PotatoPro


She’s all over and we can’t just ignore her. Yassi Pressman is more than just a pretty face that is starting to dominate media platforms. The 22-year-old actress is a fashion model, a recording artist, and most of all, a good dancer. She is packaged as a total performer.

Not too many people are aware that Yassi has been in show business since she was 11, when she started doing print ads and taking the ramp as a young model. In 2006, she played the kid version to Kristine Hermosa’s role in a drama series in ABS-CBN. In 2007, she joined the now defunct Sunday noontime show in GMA-7 ‘SOP’ as a regular performer, earning the title ‘Princess of the Dance Floor.’

After taking important roles in several movies and TV series, Yassi has become a household name, especially as she plays a well-loved character in the ABS-CBN primetime series ‘Ang Probinsyano.’

Despite her numerous commitments, Yassi obviously keeps her enduring love affair with dancing. Thus, she is admired by most as being among the best celebrity dancers in the entertainment industry today. She is hip, fun, smart, nice, and is always a standout, making her a bonafide ‘Potato Pro,’ affirmed by being one of the two online ambassadors of Jack ‘n Jill Calbee (the other is Alodia Gosiengfiao).

Tech and Lifestyle Journal got a privilege to have a short question-and-answer chat with Yassi, the Potato Pro, during the recent ‘Dance to the Calbeats Challenge’ held at the Activity Center of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Get to know more about this Potato Pro.

Q: How is it being tagged as a #PotatoPro?
Yassi: I am happy because I am with the best. Jack ‘n Jill Calbee takes the best potatoes and turn those into chips, with many unique flavors.
I fit with Calbee because like me, it is fun, being the best snacks brand in Japan. The brand is able to tap the many layers of myself. Just like what I mentioned in my online video for Calbee, its new Honey Butter combines the sweetness of honey and creamy goodness of butter on crunchy potatoes, complementing my personality.

Q: Since obviously liking snacks, how do you maintain your slim figure?
Yassi: I do MMA (mixed martial arts). Before, I was into boxing for about four to five years. Now, I am into Muay Thai and I will soon start arnis and jiu-jitsu.

Q: With your busy schedule, how do you still find quality time for your family?
Yassi: My dad usually goes with me during worktime. I don’t have much time to spend with my family because usually, when I get home, they are all asleep and most of the time, they are still sleeping when I go out to work. So, we just try to make the best out of what we have if there’s spare time.

Editor’s note: Yassi’s 88-year-old father accompanied her to the venue of the Calbeats dance challenge. We heard her dad also single-handedly raised her and her sister.

Q: How about your lovelife?
Yassi: I don’t have a lovelife (laughs). None yet. I believe we should not search for love as it comes at the right moment.

Q: And how do you still have fun?
Yassi: I enjoy going to the gym. Doing so is not just for working out; it is a physical activity. I also have fun going to our regular tapings for ‘Ang Probinsyano.’ We are like a family and barkada on the set.


Yassi not just came as a performer (she did several sing-and-dance production numbers) to the Calbeats Dance Challenge event. She also served as among the judges, who deliberated on the performance of all six groups from various universities in the metro.

The P.U.P. Power Impact Dancers won the ‘Dance to the Calbeats Challenge.’

At the same time, Yassi, being an online ambassador of Calbee, officially launched the ‘#DoTheCalbeats Dance Challenge,’ an online promo that invites netizens (individual, duo, or group of people up to five members maximum) to record their own dance videos covering Jack ‘n Jill Calbee’s ‘Konnichi-whoa’ jingle and upload those on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the caption “I/We just made our own dance cover of the #DoTheCalbeats Honey Butter! Can you top this? #PotatoPros” (Jack ‘n Jill Calbee must be tagged on every entry-post.) The online contest is up until October.

Calbee will announce sets of winners beginning July. Winners will each bring home P20,000 in cash prize, Jack ‘n Jill Calbee treats, and an all-expense-paid trip for four to Japan.

(Photos from Instagram accounts of Yassi Pressman and Jack ‘n Jill Calbee)