Her first major role was as the original Carrie Brady on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives from 1982 to 1986. She then took up the role of Kimmy Gibbler, which she played from 1987 to 1995.
Andrea is the youngest of three children. She has two older brothers: Darin and Justin. On September 1, 2002, Andrea married Jeremy Rytky and they have two children: Tate James (born in 2004) and Felicity Ruth (born in 2007).
Andrea attended Whittier College with a major in English. She also worked as the assistant to the director of Whittier College's Office of International . She her M.A. in Women's Studies at the University of York in England. She also spent a semester in Denmark.