It’s the one and only Queen Kathryn Bernardo’s birthday today! The actress who started as one of the cast members of the Sunday variety show Goin Bulilit has grown up to be one of the most in-demand actresses today. Her different roles in film and television have shown us that she’s not just a pretty face, she’s one heck of a talented actress whose name alone practically guarantees box office hits. To celebrate her birthday, let’s take a look at some of her most iconic roles, in both television and film.
Mara David in Mara Clara (2010)
Who can ever forget Kathryn’s role in Maria Clara? This teleserye basically kicked off her career, as it had the entire country glued to their seats when this drama first aired. As the charming Mara, Kathryn was able to show different sides of her character, capturing the hearts of viewers and establishing herself as a name to watch out for.
Mikay Maghirang-Dela Rosa in Princess and I (2012)
Playing a long-lost princess, Kathryn was able to master the two sides of her character: Mikay, a girl who was adopted by a poor family and who was bullied throughout her life; and Princess Areeyah, the lost princess who was believed to be killed along with her mother. This role showed us that Kathryn wasn’t a one-trick pony — the girl has range!
Kelay/Athena in She’s Dating the Gangster (2014)
In this light-hearted romcom, Kathryn plays two characters: Kelay (in the present-day) and Athene (in the 90s). She and Daniel Padilla perfectly portrayed young, romantic love — the kind that’ll make you sigh and say, “sana all”.
Mia in Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)
Shot in Barcelona, this beautiful film tells the story of two lost souls finding their way to one another. As Mia, Kathryn was able to play a character that struggles to move on from the past. Instead of facing her problems head-on, she chooses to run away from them. Again, Kathryn’s acting chops blew us away when she showed her character’s vulnerability.
Malia in La Luna Sangre (2017)
In La Luna Sangre, we saw Kathryn out of her comfort zone and doing something completely different from her usual romance-focused roles. Kathryn plays Malia, a vampire-werewolf hybrid who is set to fulfil her destiny as a protector of the two races. In this role, we see Kathryn disguising herself as a male, looking like a badass, and kicking lots of butt.
Gab in Can’t Help Falling In Love (2017)
Playing the role of Gab, a perfect girl who has her life planned out for her, Kathryn won our hearts once again. In this romcom, Gab and Dos (Daniel Padilla) find out that they got married after a drunken night. Thanks to its unique storyline and talented cast, the film made ₱33 million on its first day, making it the highest opening Black Saturday Filipino film.
Yna in Pangako Sa’yo (2015)
A remake of the classic teleserye, Kathryn was able to recreate her own version of Yna. Fans enjoyed this beautiful drama because it didn’t feel like they were copying the original version, but gave it a fresh, modern spin.
Joy in Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019)
The highest-grossing film in the Philippines, this beautiful story of two OFWs navigating love and career in Hong Kong. Kathryn was able to accurately portray the struggles of Filipinos working abroad, and it was this realism that made the movie such a hit.
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