Screen Queen: Kathryn Bernardo through the years

With multiple hit primetime teleseryes and box office records under her name, it is no surprise that Kathryn Bernardo is the idol of a generation! She has proven her versatility through a range of roles in drama, romance, comedy, action, and even horror. Now, looking at her on-screen journey, here are some of the moments where her acting shone brightest!


In case you forgot, Kathryn joined show business as a child actress. She started off by portraying the young counterparts of leading ladies in teleseryes. Her television debut was in the 2003 primetime series It Might Be You as the young Cielo, Bea Alonzo’s character. For this project, she had to shoot an intense crying scene at only seven years old!

While she showed great potential in drama, she also had a fun side that Kapamilyas got to see in Super Inggo back in 2006. In this superhero series, she played the sassy Maya, Super Inggo’s (Makisig Morales) love interest.


By 2010, the rising actress finally landed her breakthrough role. As Mara in the remake of Mara Clara, she and co-star Julia Montes stunned audiences with their effortless retelling of the classic teleserye. The success of the show must have made all those catfights worth it.

When talking about Kathryn’s journey, we can’t forget 2012’s Princess and I . This was the project that served as a spark for KathNiel! In fact, she was initially paired with Enrique Gil in this series, but her undeniable chemistry with Daniel Padilla managed to change the fate of their characters.


Soon after, KathNiel starred in their coming of age movie “Must Be… Love”. Aside from serving as a milestone for their love team, portraying Patchot was personally memorable for Kathryn because of how much she related to the character.

On top of their big screen success, the tandem was also making waves in small screens. They led the 2013 primetime series Got to Believe. This was their first collaboration with the blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina. Later on, they would work together again for hit movies like “She’s Dating the Gangster” and “The Hows of Us”.

In 2015, the Kapamilya star was trusted with another remake—hit teleserye Pangako Sa ’Yo. One of her most memorable scenes was when Amy Austria had to slap her. For the sake of being authentic, she insisted on being slapped for real instead of faking it. Accidentally, this resulted in Kathryn’s lip actually bleeding. Another unforgettable moment was the confrontation scene at a market. It emotionally exhausting as well as physically draining because of the location.


After over a decade in the industry, the Queen of Hearts showed off her maturity in “Barcelona: A Love Untold”. Aside from its box office success, this was the project that offered KathNiel’s first on-screen kiss and earned them the title of “Movie Love Team of the Year” in the 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies.

Their first on-screen kiss was then followed by their first on-screen wedding in the 2017 romantic comedy “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Some of the scenes were shot in Cebu which is how Kathryn also got to experience diving and cliff jumping for the first time.

From there, the leading lady only continued to grow. In the 2017 primetimes series La Luna Sangre, she proved her skills in action. She went through serious training for her fight scenes with the help of international Wushu Champions Lester Pimentel and Singapore’s Wang Yan Bin.


And then there is “The Hows of Us”, arguably KathNiel’s best work so far. Kathryn earned the Best Actress award in the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Movies thanks to her performance as George. She also played a role in writing the script for their emotional breakup scene. At the time of its release, “The Hows of Us” became the highest grossing Filipino film. By 2019, however, she managed to set another new record.

In “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, she starred in her first movie with a different leading man, Alden Richards. Despite already being established as one of the most talented artists in the industry, she still had to endure a lot in this project. While filming in Hong Kong, director Cathy Garcia-Molina enforced a number of rules on Kathryn in order for her to fully understand the life of an Overseas Filipino Worker.

Which of Kathryn Bernardo’s performance is your favorite?

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