As we all know, not every actress kicks off their showbiz careers as bida. Some of them have to go through a lot of gigs before making it to the highly coveted role in films and teleseryes.
While some were tapped to play the super supportive and reliable sidekick or best friend, some were immediately entrusted with very challenging roles of either portraying the evil sister or the third wheel to a loveteam, among many other villainous characters.
Meet the Kapamilya actresses who initially astounded us with their chops as kontrabidas before shining bright as lead actresses!
In her almost two decades in the local entertainment scene, Maja has indeed established herself as one of the best bida-kontrabidas on television. And before compelling us with her remarkable portrayals of the iconic Ivy Aguas from Wildflower and Camila Dela Torre from The Killer Bride, she initially impressed us with her take on My Binondo Girl’s antagonist Amber.
From being a sought-after child and teen star, Angelica Panganiban has already reached numerous milestones throughout her career. One of her achievements that also served as a turning point for her image as an actress was portraying Scarlet in the 2008 teleserye Iisa Pa Lamang, which didn’t only require her to exude her brilliance as an actress, but to cut her hair short as well. Besides, being the villain to Claudine Barretto’s character was a dream come true for Angelica.
Jodi Sta. Maria
The gumptious and endearing Maya Dela Rosa from Be Careful With My Heart is undoubtedly one of Jodi’s most remarkable teleserye characters. But before becoming every Kapamilyas’ favorite nanny, she first enthralled us as Veronica in Kampanerang Kuba who constantly belittled Imang (Anne Curtis). And currently, she’s compelling us with her portrayal of the bida-kontrabida Marissa Pineda in the well-loved primetime series Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin.
Being in the industry for 14 years, Julia’s able to captivate us with her teleserye portrayals. One of her early memorable works was the 2015 soap opera And I Love You So, in which she played the rude antagonist Trixie, who had a heartbreaking past to explain her cruel behavior towards her half-sister (Miles Ocampo).
Before charming us as Isabel Gezali in the primetime series A Soldier’s Heart, Charlie initially impressed us with her depiction of Marikit, a mighty pirate who fearlessly fought against with Enrique Gil’s Lakas in the 2018 fantasy-action series Bagani – her Kapamilya debut.
She has already gone a long way since then as she has been busy lately with one project after another, and now, she is the Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 Best Actress.
Mayari on Bagani and Vida on Pusong Ligaw are two of Sofia’s biggest TV roles so far. But before these, her initial breakthrough stint was in the 2014 romance drama Forevermore, wherein she amazed us with her portrayal of Kate, the third wheel to Xander (Enrique Gil) and Agnes (Liza Soberano).
From being one of the adorable cast members of Goin’ Bulilit, wherein she kicked off her showbiz career as a child star and gained popularity as among its pioneers, Julia went on to enthrall us with how she has become one of the versatile actresses of her generation.
Right after she graduated from the kiddie gag show, she was tapped to play the iconic role of Clara, the antagonist to Kathryn Bernardo’s Mara in the 2010 remake of Mara Clara.
Without a doubt, Liza is indeed one of the most in-demand and talented actresses today. However, just like everyone in this list, she also stepped in the shoes of few teleserye kontrabidas.
In the KathNiel-starrer Got To Believe, Liza initially captivated us as Alex, who stood as the third wheel to Chichay (Kathryn Bernardo) and Joaquin (Daniel Padilla).
These exceptional actresses only prove that it really takes guts and a lot of hardwork and determination in order for an aspirant to make it to the top and become one of the brightest stars that they are now. Indeed, dedication and waiting for your moment pay off!