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|Born||Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco
September 20, 1990
Cebu City,Cebu, Philippines
|Other names||Philippines' Sweetheart, Pinay Barbie, Erich Gonzales, San Andreas|
|Occupation||Actress, Host, Model|
|Years active||2004 - present|
Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco (born September 20, 1990), more commonly known as Erich Gonzales, is a Filipina actress, host, and model and is a contract artist of ABS-CBN's Star Magic. She started her showbiz career at the age of 14, when she joined as a contestant of the reality talent search Star Circle Quest. Her popularity boomed after her lead role in the TV series Katorse.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Artistry
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and Nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The youngest of three siblings, she was born in Cebu City, Philippines and raised in Davao City. After winning Star Circle Quest, she changed her last name from Gancayco to Gonzales, her mother's maiden name, for a more fitting screen name. Because of the start of her entertainment career, Erich finished her high school years at ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and is now attending college at the Trinity University of Asia, majoring in Mass Communication.
2004-2008: Star Circle Quest and Supporting Roles
Her career began when she won as Grand Questor in the second season of the reality talent search Star Circle Quest in 2005, and later becoming a part of ABS-CBN's home-based training and management program, Star Magic after her win. Erich became a familiar face as she appeared in numerous shows and dramas as a supporting actress, such as Dorina in the hit phenomenon TV series Mga Anghel Na Walang Langit. She also starred in the teen-oriented show Abt Ur Luv as Waling-Waling and as Ella in the drama series Pieta. She then showed her versatility in acting when she played Camille in the drama series Sana Maulit Muli opposite to Gerald Anderson with Kim Chiu.
Erich got her biggest break in 2009 when she played the protagonist of a teenage mother in the TV adaptation of the 1980 film Katorse, alongside Enchong Dee, Ejay Falcon, and Xian Lim. The series became a top rater and was critically acclaimed catapulting Erich to stardom, earning her the title Breakthrough Star of 2009 by an entertainment news show, The Buzz.
In the same year, she made her film debut in her first digital movie (Indie film) Paano Ko Sasabihin? with her perennial partner, Enchong Dee. The film became an official entry to the 2009 Cinema One Originals Film Festival and was a recipient of several awards in the festival.
2010-2011: Career Expansion
In 2010, following the success of Katorse, she landed her second lead role in the TV series Tanging Yaman alongside her Katorse co-stars Enchong Dee and Ejay Falcon. The series was one of ABS-CBN's offerings for the 60th Celebration of Filipino Soap Operas. While the series was still airing, Erich had begun working for her third series project, Magkaribal. The show was highly acclaimed and is now regarded as Philippines' First Fashionserye (first fashion TV series).
After an impressive back-to-back hit TV series, Erich signed an exclusive two-year contract with Star Cinema, poising her to prove her box-office draw. Later that year, the hit love team of Erich and Enchong starred in their first mainstream movie, I Do under Star Cinema. She also became the lead cast of the indie film Noy with Coco Martin, which became the Philippines' entry in the 83rd Academy Awards in Best Foreign Language Film category.
In the same year, Erich was also given the opportunity to be one of the main hosts in the youth variety show, Shoutout!, which featured teen stars.
The Filipino adaptation of Maria La Del Barrio was the highlight for Erich in 2011. The series became a Twitter trending royalty as it trended locally and worldwide on and off throughout its run. It was also extended twice as its ratings remained consistently high.
In December 2011, Erich's indie film, Pinta*Kasi was finally screened in theaters as part of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. The film won Best Picture in the New Wave Section and Best Actor (same category) for co-star, JM De Guzman. The said film was also invited to Beijing and Hawaiian film festivals for its "strength of word of mouth buzz and its hip hop elements."
But the biggest news for 2011 came in October when it was officially announced that Erich will be starring with Thai heartthrob and Asia's Superstar, Mario Maurer in a film tentatively titled Suddenly It's Magic.
2012-Present: Successful Movies and Juan Dela Cruz
As Maria La Del Barrio ended with a high note in March 2012, Erich's other indie movie was released. She starred in a horror movie alongside Derek Ramsay, titled Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang and opened to a very warm audience reception. Earning seven million pesos on its first day, the movie becomes the Highest Grossing Digital Film. As a result, Star Cinema crowned Erich with the title Philippine Box Office Queen for Digital Independent Film.
In May 2012, Erich began working on her biggest project of the year, Suddenly It's Magic, a film with Thai actor Mario Maurer under Star Cinema. With the collaboration of Filipino and Thai production teams, actors, and actresses, the film is the first Filipino-Thai movie created between the two countries. The official movie was released on October 31, 2012 in the Philippines, March 14, 2013 in Thailand, and March 28, 2013 in Cambodia.
The latter part of 2012 was a hectic one for Erich. She made her debut appearance in Canada as part of the TFC Liga Kapamilya Basketball Finals at the end of August. She wowed the crowds in Oshawa, Ontario and Burnaby, British Columbia. Then on November 3, she entertained kapamilyas in Los Angeles for the Star Magic 20 Tour. Erich capped her year with the release of her fourth indie film, Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi with director Richard V. Somes.
After having a successful love team with Enchong Dee and team up with Mario Maurer, she appears once again in the everyday primetime slot, as she becomes part of the biggest television series of ABS-CBN for 2013. Titled Juan Dela Cruz, she is paired up once again with Noy co-star and Prince of Teleserye Coco Martin as his leading lady. The show immediately became number one in national TV ratings during its pilot episode and is expected to continue throughout its run.
Because of her bubbly and playful personality, she has been dubbed as the Philippines' Sweetheart. Erich is also labeled as the New Standard Beauty of Asia, claiming that "she's Filipina but a little mestiza, but not exactly European. Erich is every beautiful girl in one person," earning her the title of Pinay Barbie.
Gonzales has received praise from fellow Filipino actresses and show hosts. Gretchen Barretto states she is "excellent (at what she does), comfortable and fun to work with. She doesn't fear anything, she'll say whatever she wants and she's a natural person. She doesn't get intimidated, she's not envious, nothing like that. Erich is very confident." Toni Gonzaga states the reason for her great acting is because "she has gone through many hardships in life, so she has something she can relate to" and that "her sex appeal is very strong." The Buzz host Boy Abunda describes Erich as "someone with a different appeal, I have guys talking about Erich that her beauty is unique."
|2007||Paano Kita Iibigin||Guada||Star Cinema and VIVA Films||First film|
|2008||Shake, Rattle & Roll X||Anna||Regal Films||First horror film|
|2009||Love Me Again||Lovely||Star Cinema|
|Paano Ko Sasabihin?||Erhyl||Cinema One Originals||First indie film with Enchong Dee|
|2010||Noy||Divine||Star Cinema and Cine Media||With Coco Martin|
|I Do||Mayumi 'Yumi' Punongbayan||Star Cinema||With Enchong Dee|
|2011||Pintakasi||Josie||Creative Media & Film Society of the Philippines||With JM De Guzman|
|2012||Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang||Corazon||Star Cinema and Skylight Films||With Derek Ramsay|
|Suddenly It's Magic||Josephine "Joey" Hermosa||Star Cinema||With Thai actor Mario Maurer|
|Mariposa (Sa Hawla Ng Gabi)||Maya||Cinema One Originals and Strawdogs Studio|
|2013||Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay||Anna||Star Cinema & Regal Films||With Filipino actor Enchong Dee|
|2008||August||"Chalk"||Young And Fabulous|
|2009||June||"Stella"||Back To School|
|November||"Sense & Style"||Shopocalypse|
|February||"Chalk"||Red-Hot Right Now!|
|March||"A&F"||Have A Scorching Summer|
|April||"Speed"||Technology of Sports|
|June||"Woman Today"||Erich Also Rises|
|September||"Metro"||The Fashion Issue|
|September||"Star Studio"||The New Reign|
|2011||February||"Meg"||My Funny Valentine|
|April||"Yes"||The Next Big Thing|
|April||"Star Studio"||2011's Sexiest Stars|
|July||"Woman Today"||Erich & Famous|
|November||"Women's Health"||Slim Down Fast!|
|2012||March||"M. Life & Living In Mindanao"||Davao's Star Shines Bright|
|May||"V Weddings Philippines"||The Wedding and Honeymoon Destinations Issue|
|May||"Digital Photographers"||Start Your Own Studio|
|July||"Yes"||Behind The Magic|
|July||"Meg"||The Big Ideal Issue|
|October||"Health Today"||Eyes on your sight|
Awards and Nominations
|2003||Mutya ng Davao Pageant||Mutya ng Davao||Template:Finalist|
|2005||Star Circle Quest||Grand Teen Questor||Won|
|2009||ABS-CBN||Breakthrough Star of 2009||Won|
|FAMAS Awards||German Moreno Youth Achievement Award||Won|
|42nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards||Most Promising Love Team with Enchong Dee||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Fans Club for Loveteam with Enchong Dee||Nominated|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Loveteam with Enchong Dee||Nominated|
|Star Magic Ball||Star Magic Ball's Most Romantic Couple with Enchong Dee||Won|
|US Girls' August Awards 2010||Face of the Year (Teens)||Won|
|FHM Magazine||12th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World||Won|
|41st Box Office Entertainment Awards||Promising Love Team of the Year with Enchong Dee||Won|
|1st Barkada Choice Awards||Female Icon of the Year||Nominated|
|Yes! Magazine||100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2011||Won|
|FHM Magazine||38th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World||Won|
|ASAP Pop Viewer's Choice Awards||Pop Fans Club for Loveteam with Enchong Dee||Nominated|
|Star Magic Ball||Star Magic Ball's Most Favorite Couple with Enchong Dee||Won|
|Metro Manila Film Festival||Best New Wave Actress||Nominated|
|Yahoo! Philippines OMG! Awards 2012||Breakthrough Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards||Best Loveteam for TV and Movies with Enchong Dee||Won|
|43rd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation Awards||Female Star of the Night||Won|
|Star Cinema||Philippine Box Office Queen for Digital Independent Film||Won|
|Yes! Magazine||100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2012||Won|
|FHM Magazine||40th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World||Won|
|Cinema One Originals||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||FHM Magazine||34th of Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women In The World||Won|
- Erich Gonzales in ‘Sana Maulit Muli’ | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. Mb.com.ph (2007-1-7).
- Erich Gonzalez is 2009's breakthrough star | ABS-CBN Online. Abs-cbn.com (2009-12-28).
- 2009 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival opens Friday | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. Mb.com.ph (2009-11-11).
- Five finalists compete in Cinema One Originals digital film fest 2009 | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. Pep.ph (2009-11-11).
- ABS-CBN Online. Abs-cbn.com.
- Erich Gonzales signs contract with Star Cinema | ABS-CBN News Online. Abs-cbnnews.com (2010-02-14).
- Noy chosen as Philippine entry to the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. Pep.ph (2010-09-23).
- ‘Noy’ is RP’s Entry for the 83rd Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. Mb.com.ph (2010-09-24).
- Erich Gonzales is 'Maria la del Barrio' | ABS-CBN News Online. abs-cbnnews.com (2010-12-10).
- PEP REVIEW: Pintakasi: How art saves | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. Pep.ph (2012-02-06).
- Pinta*Kasi' goes multiplatform; invited to Beijing, Honolulu film fests | Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. Mb.com.ph (2013-01-31).
- Thai superstar Mario Maurer confirms movie with Erich Gonzales | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz. Pep.ph (2011-10-16).
- Philippines Box Office March 21–25, 2012. Boxofficemojo.
- 'Corazon' debuts at No. 2 in box office. Abs-cbnnews.com.
- Erich Gonzales hailed as Box Office Queen for Indie Films. Getitfromboy.
- Baifern Pimchanok Official Twitter Account. Twitter.com (2013-03-07).
- Find her and Mario Maurer in "Suddenly It's Magic", Filipino-Thai romantic love story. In LEGEND CINEMA 28th March.. Facebook.com (2013-03-25).
- Coco slays 'aswang' in first 'Juan dela Cruz' trailer. Abs-cbnnews.com (2012-12-14).
- Coco Martin and Erich Gonzales New Action-Drama Series “Juan Dela Cruz” Premieres On Monday. Orangemagazinetv (2013-02-03).
- 'Juan dela Cruz' nationwide ratings soars to 42.6%. Abs-cbnnews.com (2013-02-23).
- Making Magic with Erich Gonzales and Mario Maurer | Star Cinema News. Starcinema.com.ph (2009-11-11).