Aside from the fair and beautiful lead actress Barbie Imperial, there’s another teen actress who has been captivating us since her first appearance in Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi because of her sweet and dainty façade and her unmistakable talent in acting.
Probably, many are curious about her, so let us share to you some of the things we know about the fast-rising young star Maria Ysabel Ortega-Lapid, or simply Ysabel Ortega.
She already starred in three teleseryes
Prior to her stint in the afternoon series as the strong-willed Nica Marcelo, she already amazed us with her promising performances in On the Wings of Love as Angela, Born For You as Niña, and Pusong Ligaw as Charlie – which are all kontrabida roles.
In her radio interview for DZMM in 2015, she recounted that her first television project was indeed challenging because she had to portray a 24-year-old lady, and she was just 16 years old during that time. Plus, she also had to pretend that she was drunk, which she found kind of difficult since she hadn’t experience it yet. Fortunately, her co-actor James Reid was there to guide and help her out.
She works hard for her fame
Being in the local entertainment industry for more three years, she has already proven that she can make a mark for herself by stepping out her parents’ shadows and not using their influence. She is the lovechild of Senator Lito Lapid, who now stars in the primetime series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, and former actress-singer Michelle Ortega, who is currently the Assistant Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
On that same radio interview, she revealed that she auditioned for the role of Angela and even attended the workshop of her manager Ogie Diaz.
She is a good daughter
Ysabel grew up with only Mommy Michelle by her side. She used to be very much close with her biological dad veteran actor Lito Lapid, but their connection suddenly snapped off, so is their communication. Although that’s the case, she never hold grudges against him, but only have utmost love and respect for him, which she showed in her Tonight With Boy Abunda appearance.
“He’s one of the reasons why I joined showbiz because I look up to him. He’s one of my role models and I’m very proud to have him as my father,” she stated.
Despite the absence of her real father, his stepdad Philippine National Police (PNP) Director for Intelligence Greg Pimentel took on the responsibility of looking over her as he treated her like his own daughter. She warmly welcomed him into their life and even loves to be their “third wheel” and instant photographer everywhere they go.
He and her mom tied the knot on January 10, 2018 in Baguio City.
She’s a great singer
Aside from acting, the young actress has a flair in singing as well, which she exposes in her various engagements. In one of Araw Gabi’s mall tours, she exceptionally belted out Ariana Grande’s newest hit “No Tears Left To Cry”. Her heartfelt rendition of Adele’s “Remedy” also garnered over 80,000 views. Well, it’s not only beauty that she got from her Mama, but her vocal prowess as well.
She’s into fashion and photography
Going through her Instagram, we can say that Ysabel is noticeably fond of taking selfies or photos with the people she holds dear to her heart, the places she visited, the most memorable moments in her life, or just random things. Besides, she is also a certified fashionista based on the #OOTD snaps she uploaded, ranging from laidback to girly. No wonder she’s now one of the bankable brand ambassadors of her generation.
Catch Ysabel Ortega on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Araw Gabi, weekdays after Asintado on Kapamilya Gold.