She’s been a certified Kapamilya for 15 years already. And during those years, Toni Gonzaga has not only astounded us with how an eloquent and amusing presenter and talented singer she is, but with how a versatile and great actress she is as well.
Thus, in this episode of Stellar’s QUEENDOM , let’s take a look back on some of her remarkable portrayals on the big screen that many of us truly loved because of how she unfailingly tickled us with her impeccable acting chops and unmistakable humor!
A year after her transfer to ABS-CBN in 2005, she got paired with Sam Milby, one of the ex-housemates of Pinoy Big Brother Season 1 in which she’s one of the hosts, in “You Are The One.” Playing the role of the bubbly and old-fashioned Sally Malasmas in this Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina masterpiece, she bagged the GMMSF Princess of Philippine Movies accolade in 2007.
They were once again teamed up in the 2008 Jade Castro-helmed “My Big Love,” but this time with seasoned actress Kristine Hermosa playing the third party. She breathed life to the character of Aira Capistrano, the personal trainer and best friend of the once-obese pastry chef Macky (Sam) to whom she’d been in love with.
Three years after their first movie project together in the horror-comedy movie ”D’ Anothers,” Toni found herself reunited with Vhong Navarro on the big screen through “My Only U.” Since she regards him as her first-ever close friend, they were both very happy on their comeback as on-screen partners that raked in 79 million pesos throughout its screening. She played the role of Winona Benigno Aunor in this another Cathy Garcia-Molina creation.
Prior to making us kilig and laugh as couple Romeo and Julie in the long-running sitcom Home Sweetie Home, she and John Lloyd Cruz did it for the first time when they got paired in 2010 via “My Amnesia Girl.” Since it was her first time working with him and he boasted a box-office winning streak, the 36-year-old actress confessed being pressured. But at the same time, she was grateful for the learnings and inspiration she got from him as an actor who’s passionate with his craft.
It earned more than 160 million pesos and bestowed her the Princess of Philippine Movies trophy from the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box Office Entertainment Awards (GMMSF) in 2011 because of her impressive portrayal of Irene Gallego.
From one ultimate heartthrob to another, Toni was indeed one lucky woman as she had Piolo Pascual as her leading man in the 2014 flick “Starting Over Again,” which also starred Iza Calzado. It was the first-ever project wherein Toni agreed to do intimate scenes and had the opportunity to work with Direk Olivia Lamasan, which was a dream come true for her. It may not be a happy ending for their characters, yet it was named as the Highest Grossing Non-MMFF movie of 2014 after earning 579 million pesos. Toni was also awarded the 2015 GMMSF Box-Office Queen and 2015 FAMAS Best Actress recognitions because notable portrayal of the cheerful and aggressive lady named Ginny Gonzales who fell in love with her college professor Marco (Piolo).
And last, but definitely not the least, is “You’re My Boss,” which she top-billed opposite Coco Martin in 2015. It was directed by top-caliber director Antoinette Jadaone and their first-ever project together. Since he was a rookie in the romantic comedy genre, Coco was grateful to his director and leading lady for guiding him in every scene. In fact, there were scenes wherein Toni whispered to him some of his lines every time he forgets them.
Their chemistry as Georgina Lorenzana and Pong Dalupan in the movie was obviously admired by fans and moviegoers, thus bagging 250 million pesos in the box office.
Aside from these, Toni also starred in several Star Cinema productions as well, namely, “You Got Me!” (2007), “Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round” (2009), “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi” (2011), “This Guy’s In Love With U Mare!” (2012), “Four Sisters And A Wedding” (2013), and “Last Night” (2017, co-produced with Spring Films and N² Productions).
Let’s all hail the RomCom Queen!