Before taking on maternal roles in series and movies just like the well-loved romantic-comedy series Got To Believe, portraying Juliana, the domineering yet loving mom of Daniel Padilla’s character Joaquin and the ever-jealous wife of Ian Veneracion’s Jaime, Carmina Villarroel used to be one of the most sought-after young stars of her generation.
Just like many of the celebrities we’ve been admiring through the years, she started off her career in the local entertainment scene as a child star. She first appeared as a commercial model for a fastfood chain at the age of 11, which was succeeded by her stint in the 1987 flick “Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa” as the young version of Maricel Soriano’s character and in the classic sitcom Palibhasa Lalake as the younger sister of Richard Gomez’s character.
She became a film star since then as she appeared in numerous movies, with “One More Try” (2012), “Everyday I Love You” (2015), “Love You To The Stars And Back” (2017), “Wild Little Love” (2019), and “Sunod” (2019), as her most recent stints.
At the same time, the 44-year-old actress was also able to showcase her acting skills in a slew of Kapamilya series. These include Maalaala Mo Kaya, Oki Doki Doc (1996), Esperanza (1997), !Oka Tokat (1997), Recuerdo de Amor (2001), Lorenzo’s Time (2012), May Isang Pangarap (2013), Got To Believe (2013), Wansapanataym, Bridges of Love (2015), Doble Kara (2015), and Till I Met You (2016).
Carmina has also proven her chops in hosting as she took on the job of being one of the hosts of the morning talk show Morning Girls with Kris and Korina (2002) and of the showbiz-oriented news program Showbiz Inside Report (2012).
She presently works as one of the talents of a rival network and juggles it with her duties as a hands-on homemaker to her husband Zoren Legaspi and their twins Mavy and Cassy.
Find out how she has evolved in her past three decades by browsing through this gallery.