These actresses ‘mothered’ convincingly

Motherhood is a nuanced role that demands authentic portrayal on screen. While casting an actress with a wealth of real-life maternal experience seems logical, true talent shines when an actress embodies maternal love and warmth without prior personal experience.

With Mother’s Day just right around the corner, here, we highlight some of the most stand-out, brilliant Kapamilya actresses who masterfully portray these qualities


Kim Chiu

Did you know that Kim was only 19 when she first played a mom for a teleserye? After charming everyone with her adorable portrayal of quintessential teenybopper roles, she took her career up a notch by taking on drama-heavy projects, and one of the earliest was the top-rating romance-military series “Tayong Dalawa (2009) which she headlined alongside Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca.

In the latter part of the story, Kim’s character, Audrey, and JR (Gerald) got married and started a family. They discovered Audrey’s precarious health condition by her seventh month of pregnancy. She was able to deliver a healthy baby boy they named Adrian and soon died. Despite being a teenager and with zero maternal experience, Kim managed to paint touching motherly love in the series.

In the coming years, she became more open to playing mom roles such as in “Ikaw Lamang (2014) and “Love Thy Woman” (2020). Currently, she plays the cheating-wife-but-loving-mother Juliana in “Linlang The Teleserye Version.”


Lovi Poe

Throughout her extensive career spanning decades, Lovi Poe has transcended her identity as ‘Da King Fernando Poe Jr’s daughter.’ She has certainly made a name for herself through her pure talent and versatility, as she consistently embraces new challenges as an actress. In her debut as a Kapamilya, she tackled a demanding role as Iris, the tough woman who showcased determination both as a mother and a detective in “Flower of Evil.” 


Bela Padilla

In her first project as a Kapamilya, Bela Padilla landed a key role in the longest-running teleserye “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” as the loving wife and mother, Carmen.

Two years later, Bela starred in another primetime series titled “My Dear Heart,” playing Clara, a devoted mother to the baby adopted by her partner Jude (Zanjoe Marudo).


Erich Gonzales

We still remember Erich Gonzales in her braided hair and white camisole as if it was just yesterday. At 18, she sported this innocent yet sensual look when she made a breakthrough in the 2009 Kapamilya series “Katorse.” She played carefree girl Nene, who became a mother at 14. The show catapulted Erich to stardom and it helped her blossom into one of today’s top dramatic actresses.

Graduating from her teenage years, she took on other notable maternal roles in “Two Wives” (2014) and “The Blood Sisters” (2018).


Shaina Magdayao

Shaped by a wealth of experience as one of the most in-demand child stars of the 90s, Shaina Magdayao emerged as a prime actress who shines in whatever role she is given. She showcased her versatility by playing the mother of Marco Masa in “Nathaniel” (2015).

In the daytime series "Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit" (2019), she portrayed Grace, who became the stepmother to Mikmik (Sophia Reola) upon marrying Michael (RK Bagatsing).

Although her role in "Can't Buy Me Love" was brief, her portrayal of Divine, Caroline's (Belle Mariano) mother, was the narrative's linchpin.