Before they skyrocketed into becoming the biggest stars in the local entertainment scene, these actresses definitely have to go somewhere, either through commercial modelling or appearing in television shows or movies as guests or supporting characters.
And from there, their unmistakable on-screen presence and impressive acting chops truly caught the attention of viewers and the management, thus, they were bestowed their breakout projects. Let’s look back on these actresses first-ever teleserye lead roles in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps!
Some actresses began their showbiz careers as child stars before they became one of the most sought-after actresses in the country. Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Andrea Brillantes, and Belle Mariano all started off as child counterparts of adult actresses and as among the pioneers of Goin’ Bulilit.
Kathryn has starred in countless hit teleseryes, from Princess and I (2012) to La Luna Sangre (2017), but her biggest break was portraying Mara in the 2010 remake of Mara Clara. It was also in this series through which the versatility of Julia was attested as she took on the iconic kontrabida Clara. Belle also impressed us with her dramatic flair in the 2012 teleserye Lorenzo’s Time before amusing us through her first major role as Max in the teen series He’s Into Her (2021).
Andrea, on the hand, was quick to prove her skills as a child star when she landed the titular role in Annaliza (2013) and went to astound us as she rose again as she portrayed Marga in the highly successful afternoon soap opera Kadenang Ginto (2018) and Mira in the inspirational drama Huwag Kang Mangamba (2021). Meanwhile, before earning her big break in the said series, her perennial co-star Francine Diaz used to play the younger counterparts of Kapamilya leading ladies in series, such as in Be My Lady (2016), Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin (2017), and The General’s Daughter (2019).
The same went for Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, who, prior to being hailed as the “Primetime Drama Queen,” is still known for her very first lead role in the 1998 television series Ula, Ang Batang Gubat, which was followed by her unforgettable portrayals in the classic soap operas Mara Clara (1992) and Esperanza (1997).
Before she became part of It’s Showtime, Anne Curtis used to have a comparably active television acting career. Hiram (2004) may be her teleserye debut as a Kapamilya, but it was in the TV adaptation of Pablo S. Gomez’s Kampanerang Kuba where she scored her first-ever lead role as Imang. It was succeeded by her other popular works, which include Dyosa (2008) and Dyesebel (2014).
Meanwhile, some of our favorite actresses entered showbiz a little bit late in their teenage years. Products of reality shows, Kim Chiu, Erich Gonzales, and Barbie Imperial have triumphantly fulfilled their dreams of making it big in the industry as they’re now considered as among the most bankable actresses of their generation.
Kim isn’t only the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 1 (2006) as she went on to win our hearts with her astounding performances in teleseryes over the years, with the remarkable 2007 series Sana Maulit Muli being her first big break.
Barbie, on the other hand, may not be successful in her PBB 737 (2015) pursuit, but she’s able to establish her showbiz career and appear in a number of TV shows and movies. However, it was only in 2018 when she had her breakthrough via her memorable performance in Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi (2018), where she got to play the lead character Mich.
Like the Chinita Princess, La Vida Lena star Erich also went on to have a prolific career after winning Star Circle National Teen Quest in 2004. After appearing in several TV programs and films, she ultimately bagged her first-ever lead role in the 2009 remake of Katorse, through which she wowed fans with her compelling portrayal of the lead protagonist Nene.
Both part of Star Magic Circle 2013, Liza Soberano and Janella Salvador are undeniably one of the brightest stars of their generation. Through the years, we’ve witnessed how both of them have grown to become versatile actresses from their first-ever lead roles. For Liza, it was the remarkable Agnes Calay of the highly successful romance drama Forevermore (2014), while for Janella, it was Sophie Z. Cepeda of Oh My G! (2015), which succeeded her unforgettable portrayal of Nikki in the long-running daytime drama Be Careful With My Heart.
Seasoned actress Jodi Sta. Maria also began her showbiz career when she was a teenager and luckily became part of the iconic 90s teen series Tabing Ilog as George. Be Careful With My Heart served as her first-ever lead role.
Last, but definitely not the least, is award-winning actress Charlie Dizon, who currently gains praises for her outstanding performance as Rica Sicat in ABS-CBN’s controversial newest primetime drama Viral Scandal, which is her first lead role in teleserye as well.
These Kapamilya actresses only prove that dedication to your craft, great talent, and admirable personality would really take one a long way. So, keep on reaching for your dreams, Kapamilya!