Her “astig” entrance in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano was indeed anticipated by her fans and avid supporters of her team-up with Coco Martin. And as the story of her mysterious character Mara continues to unfold, let’s look back on Julia Montes’ magnificent growth as an individual and as an actress through the years in this episode of PUSH Evolution.
Just like the other celebrities we look up to and admire, she started off in the local entertainment scene as a child star, with the 2004 soap opera Hiram as among her first acting projects. She was cast as one of the pioneers of Goin’ Bulilit in 2005 and became part of it until her graduation in 2008. After that, she became part of a slew of Kapamilya teleseryes, such as Hiram, Ligaw na Bulaklak and I Love Betty La Fea, as well as the “Leather Shoes” episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya.
Her biggest break came in 2010 when she was chosen to play the iconic role of Clara del Valle in the remake of Mara Clara, which also served as her reunion project with fellow bulilit Kathryn Bernardo, who played Mara. This was also the time when she began to be known as “Julia Montes” to avoid confusion to the audiences since she was using her real name Mara Schnittka then.
She went on to work with her again in the youth-oriented weekly series Growing Up and in the family drama movie “Way Back Home” in 2011. The following year, she was tapped to be the leading lady of Coco Martin in the critically-acclaimed romantic drama Walang Hanggan, through which the CocoJul tandem was born. It was also in 2012 when she took part in the movies “The Reunion” and “The Strangers.”
In 2013, she got reunited with Coco for the Star Cinema romance flick “A Moment In Time” and also starred in the teleserye Muling Buksan Ang Puso and in the “Christmas Visitor” narrative of Wansapanataym.
Julia went on to further impress us with her compelling dramatic prowess as Mona Roque-Hidalgo in the 2014 primetime series Ikaw Lamang and was paired anew with Coco. And her notable performance didn’t go unnoticed as she got nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actress at the PMPC Star Awards for TV and clinched the Best Actress trophy at the Gawad Tanglaw for TV.
The year 2015 was apparently a productive year for her because aside from astounding us with her dual role acting in the highly successful afternoon soap opera Doble Kara, she also amazed us when she finished her course at the Center for Culinary Arts. The following year, she marked another milestone in her life when she finally got reunited with her biological German father Martin Schnittka after not seeing him since she was a baby.
After completing the production of the political action drama Asintado, the 26-year-old actress decided to take a hiatus from showbiz to spend time with her estranged dad in Germany from 2018 to early 2020. On her return to the Philippines, she started filming for the weekly action drama series 24/7, which already ran for four weeks prior to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And this year, Julia is finally joining the actor in the sixth season of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as his leading lady and “huling pag-ibig”.
Catch Julia on FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, weeknights on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11.