Julia Montes

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Julia Montes
Julia Montes at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards.jpg
Julia Montes at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, University of Perpetual Help, Las Piñas City, 19 February 2015
Born Mara Hautea Schnittka
(1995-03-19) March 19, 1995 (age 20)
Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
Other names Teleserye Sweetheart, Teen Goddess
Ethnicity Filipino-German
Years active 2001–present
Agent Star Magic (2004–present)
Known for Mara Clara, Growing Up, Walang Hanggan, Muling Buksan Ang Puso, Ikaw Lamang
Height 5'6" (168 cm)[1]

Mara Hautea Schnittka, best known by her stage name Julia Montes (born March 19, 1995 in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines), is a Filipina-German actress and commercial model. Tagged as Philippine Television's Teleserye Sweetheart, she is widely known for her leading roles in Philippine dramas, such as Mara Clara (2010), [2] as Clara del Valle, Walang Hanggan (2012), as Katerina Alcantara, Muling Buksan Ang Puso (2013), as Sarah Beltran, Ikaw Lamang (2014), as Mona Hidalgo and in the films, A Moment in Time (2013), as Jillian Linden and Halik sa Hangin (2015), as Mia Generoso.[3]

Early life[edit]

Montes was born Mara Hautea Schnittka to a Filipino mother, Gemma Hautea, and a German father, Martin Schnittka, in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines. Montes' dad left them when she was a baby, and only her deaf mother raised her with the help of her grandmother Flory Hautea. She has relatives in Germany, and one of them is Andrea Schnittka, whom she shares a resemblance, and has four siblings. In 2011, Montes finished high school with good grades at the Blessed Hope Christian School.[4]

Acting career[edit]

2001–mid 2010: Early showbiz career[edit]

She began as a commercial model before appearing in various television shows. She was cast in a number of GMA-7 shows such as Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga in 2001 as the daughter of actors Robin Da Rosa and Angelu de Leon and in some episodes of the now defunct drama anthology Magpakailanman. Afterwards, Montes went on to play different roles on other ABS-CBN shows such as Hiram and Maalaala Mo Kaya. She then continued to play different roles in other TV series including Ligaw na Bulaklak and I Love Betty La Fea before landing a permanent spot on the kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit. In 2008, Montes, as Abby, starred in an MMK episode titled as Card, a story of a girl who is longing for the love of her parents while under the care of her own nursemaid. As a teen star, Montes starred in the youth-oriented show Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010 playing the role of Mara. She also appeared in Katorse led by actress Erich Gonzales in 2009.

2010–11: Mara Clara and Growing Up[edit]

In 2010, Montes' biggest and breakthrough role came when she tapped the role of Clara del Valle/Clara David in the hit remake of the longest-running classic soap opera about teenage sibling rivalry Mara Clara alongside her co-star and off-screen best friend Kathryn Bernardo. Montes' notable portrayal as the main bida-kontrabida of the series showcased her caliber as a renowned actress, designating her as one of the industry's most promising stars which eventually landed her lead roles in movies and teleseryes.[5] In 2011, she starred in a filipino family-drama film Way Back Home as Jessica Santiago alongside Kathryn Bernardo. That same year, she portrayed the role of Tammy in another youth-oriented show entitled Growing Up, re-partnering her with Mara Clara co-star Kathryn Bernardo.

2012–13: Walang Hanggan and Muling Buksan Ang Puso[edit]

In 2012, Montes further gained prominence when she starred in the multi-acclaimed award-winning phenomenal drama series entitled Walang Hanggan, a show that catapulted and skyrocketed her already successful career, with Coco Martin.[6] The soap opera includes Martin as Daniel Guidotti, Richard Gomez as Marco Montenegro, Dawn Zulueta as Emily Guidotti and Montes, playing the role of Katerina Alcantara. The phenomenal drama series became a huge hit maintaining and dominating the viewers ratings for most of its run, being the only Philippine drama of 2012 to have exceeded the 40% margin in ratings.[7] The finale episode of the show garnered a remarkable highest rating of 45.4% nationwide.[8] Walang Hanggan emerged as the most watched show during the second-half of 2012, ruling the list with a whopping national TV rating of 38.4% based on Kantar Media.[9] Due to the soap's phenomenal success, Walang Hanggan, which has an English title My Eternal, was aired internationally in foreign countries along with Ina, Kapatid, Anak and Be Careful With My Heart.[10] The huge success of the series served as a stepping stone for Montes and ignited her boosting stardom and career as an actress, giving her more opportunities to star in much more ambitious projects. It even earned Montes the title of Phenomenal Primetime Princess and eventually named her as the Princess of Philippine Television during the 44th Box Office Entertainment Awards (GMMSFI).[11] Whilst, Martin acquired the title Prince of Philippine Television. Along with the soap's phenomenal success, her love team with Martin is Montes' most successful and effective love team.[12] Montes then starred in other two 2012 film projects, The Reunion and The Strangers, as Ligaya and Pat, respectively. In 2013, Montes starred in a romance-drama film A Moment in Time alongside Coco Martin as a follow-up success of their preeminent team-up and love team in Walang Hanggan.[13] That same year, Montes top-billed in another teleserye, Muling Buksan Ang Puso, a teleserye which centers on the themes of forgiveness and second-chances, together with Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil. Montes portrayed the role of Sarah Beltran, a role in which Montes described in one of her interviews was tailor-fit for her real age.[14] The series ranked 10th in Top 15 programs from January to December 2013.[15] That same year, she, together with Kathryn Bernardo, was ranked number 1 as Most Beautiful Star of 2013[16] and also tagged her as Philippine TV's Teleserye Sweetheart.[17]

2014–15: Ikaw Lamang and other ventures[edit]

She also appeared in a period drama series Ikaw Lamang in 2014, wherein she played the role of Mona Roque-Hidalgo where she got reunited with her Walang Hanggan leading man Coco Martin. Montes starred in the period drama with fellow lead stars Coco Martin as Samuel Hidalgo/Gabriel Hidalgo, Kim Chiu as Isabelle Miravelez-Hidalgo/Andrea Hidalgo and Jake Cuenca as Franco Hidalgo. The series showcased Montes' acting prowess, being the youngest among the cast and crew of Ikaw Lamang. Following the end of the series, Montes received a nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actress during the PMPC Star Awards for TV 2014.[18] In January 2015 during the 13th Gawad Tanglaw (Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw) for television, Montes, tied with veteran actress Angel Locsin, won a Best Actress award for her portrayal of Monalisa "Mona" Roque-Hidalgo in Ikaw Lamang.[19]

After her character's departure from Ikaw Lamang, Montes starred in a coming of age mystery thriller horror-romance film Halik sa Hangin, together with Gerald Anderson and JC de Vera. The film, under the direction of Emmanuel Quindo Palo, was theatrically released on January 28, 2015.[20] Montes continued to draw praises and recognition from film critics for her role as Mia Generoso in Halik sa Hangin. In a review from Pep.com, author Jocelyn Valle, praising Montes' acting, stated that "Julia, the actress, shows great commitment and earnestness in playing the character of Mia. She makes the viewer feel Mia’s emotional stages of entering into the territory of romantic love—apprehension, excitement, caution, bliss—until reality bites. She shines the brightest in the pivotal scene where Mia is suspected to becoming a mental case, and Mia has to convince everybody that she’s telling the truth."[21]

Meanwhile, Dreamscape publicity head Eric John Salut confirmed last Thursday, February 12, 2015 via twitter that Montes will be reunited once again with Walang Hanggan leading man Coco Martin in an upcoming TV project.[22] Martin and Montes are set to reunite in a new chapter of Wansapanataym called Yamishita's Treasures, marking the second collaboration of the two as a love team right after their hit TV-series Walang Hanggan which ended last October 2012. After watching Halik sa Hangin during its premiere night, Martin stated in one of his interviews that he personally requested for Montes as his leading lady for his new project because the actor felt really proud and impressed of the young actress' outstanding performance in Halik sa Hangin.[23] Wansapanataym's Yamishita's Treasures will run for 5-8 weeks starting on March 22, Summer 2015.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Montes began dating actor Enchong Dee in 2012, but the two later broke-up in the same year.[26] Montes was also frequently romantically linked to actor Coco Martin during the airing of their hit soaps Walang Hanggan and Ikaw Lamang.[27]



Year Title Role Network
2001 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Danica GMA Network
2004 Hiram Young Stephanie Borromeo ABS-CBN
2005-2008 Goin' Bulilit Herself (Fourth Batch Graduate)
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Card Abby
Ligaw na Bulaklak Young Jennifer
I Love Betty La Fea Young Daniella Valencia
2009 Komiks Presents: Nasaan Ka Maruja? Maura
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Diary Young Babette
Katorse Nellie
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: The Substitute Bride Young Wilda
Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010 Mara
2010–present ASAP Herself
Mara Clara Clara del Valle/Clara David
2010 Shoutout! Herself
2011 Growing Up Samantha "Tammy" Magtoto
Wansapanataym Presents: Unli-Gift Box Star
2012 Walang Hanggan Katerina Alcantara/Montenegro/Guidotti
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Krus Diana
Muling Buksan Ang Puso Sarah Beltran-de la Vega
Wansapanataym Presents: The Christmas Visitor Marian Jacinto
2014 Wansapanataym Presents: Three-In-One Trina
Ikaw Lamang Monalisa "Mona" Roque-Hidalgo
2015 Wansapanataym Presents: Yamishita's Treasures Tanya


Year Title Role Producer
2007 Paano Kita Iibigin Special Role Star Cinema, Viva Films
Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Young Lily Regal Films
2008 Caregiver Ana Star Cinema
2009 T2 Cameo Appearance
2010 Dalaw Mara Star Cinema, Cinemedia, MJM Productions
2011 Way Back Home Jessica "Jessie" Lorraine S. Santiago Star Cinema
2012 The Reunion Ligaya
The Strangers Pat Quantum Films, MJM Productions
2013 A Moment in Time Jillian Linden Star Cinema
2015 Halik sa Hangin Mia Generoso Star Cinema
2015 Padre de Familia Pia Indie Film



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  2. ^ Cuartero, Nestor (February 5, 2011). "'Mara Clara,' other stars, in transit". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
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  4. ^ Marinel R. Cruz (April 15, 2012). "Julia Montes a proud homeowner at age 17". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  5. ^ "Star Magic artists soar high in 2014". Tempo Entertainment: The News in a Flash. January 19, 2014. 
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  7. ^ "'Walang Hanggan' posts highest ratings of 42.5%". ABS-CBN News. June 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "'Walang Hanggan' finale scores all-time high rating". ABS-CBN News. October 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "ABS-CBN's Walang Hanggan emerged as most watched show during 2nd half of 2012, based on Kantar Media data - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
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  12. ^ "List of Winners Revealed for the 4th FMTM Awards 2012 for TV Entertainment Section!". EnteRvrexWorld. January 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Julia-Coco film not 'Walang Hanggan Part 2'". ABS-CBN News. January 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Losorata, Yugel (June 9, 2013). "Julia thrilled over 'tailor-fit' role". The Philippine Star. 
  15. ^ "ABS-CBN is No. 1 TV station in PH for 2013". ABS-CBN News. January 8, 2014. 
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  17. ^ "The Teleserye Sweetheart : Julia Montes". YouTube. 
  18. ^ "28th Star Awards for Television nominees revealed - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. November 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ "13th Gawad Tanglaw winners for TV and Radio announced; Angel Locsin and Julia Montes tied for Best Actress - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. January 9, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Gerald paired with Julia Montes in horror film". ABS-CBN News. September 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Valle, Jocelyn (January 30, 2015). "MOVIE REVIEW: Julia Montes-Gerald Anderson starrer Halik sa Hangin - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Coco, Julia Montes to reunite in TV project". ABS-CBN News. February 12, 2015. 
  23. ^ Almo, Nerisa (February 17, 2015). "Coco Martin personally requests for Julia Montes in new project - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  24. ^ "Coco Martin and Julia Montes reunite in Wansapanataym's Yamashita's Treasures". Pinoy Showbiz Daily. February 17, 2015. 
  25. ^ Jimenez, Joyce (March 11, 2015). "Julia Montes says Coco Martin is her ideal guy". The Philippine Star. 
  26. ^ "Julia Montes, Enchong Dee reconcile". ABS-CBN News. September 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ Pumaloy, Rey (October 31, 2014). "Julia Montes becomes tongue-tied when asked about her aborted romance with Coco Martin - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 

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