Cuenca in 2012
|Born||Juan Carlos Cuenca[fn 1]
December 30, 1987
San Jose, California, U.S
|Occupation||Actor, model, footballer|
|Agent||GMA Artist Center (2004–2006)
Star Magic (2006–present)
Juan Carlos "Jake" Cuenca[fn 1] or better known simply as Jake Cuenca is a Filipino famous actor and model, named Brad Pitt of the Philippines. He is of dual American and Filipino citizenship. He was raised in Manila, Philippines. He is also a football player a striker for Team Socceroo FC in the Football League Division 2.
Cuenca was born in December 30, 1987 in San Jose, California, United States, where he grew up. His father is an architect, Spanish descent and is from Valencia, Spain and his mother is a businesswoman, Filipino descent from Ilocos Norte. Cuenca’s mother is Rachele Leveriza while his father’s name is Juan Tomas Cuenca. He has two siblings, Rufo and Bea. He was also once a student of PAREF Southridge, a school for boys in Muntinlupa City.
At the age of nine, Cuenca was discovered by the talent scout Arvin Bentonon for Cosmo Modeling Agency. Soon after, he made several television and print commercials including endorsements for Safeguard, Coke and Globe Telecom. At age ten, he had a cameo role in the 1997 film version of Wansapanataym. It was followed by Takbo Barbara Takbo and Panday in 1998. All three films were under Star Cinema of ABS-CBN.
In 2003, he returned to show business under GMA Network and appeared in the youth-oriented drama series, Click, where he was picked to be on the cast in its Batch 2. When the show went defunct, Cuenca began portraying varied roles and was cast in Hanggang Kailan, Forever in My Heart and in the season 5 of Love to Love. In 2005, he starred as Kahlil in the hit fantasy series Encantadia. He also appeared in the ninth season of Love to Love titled "Miss Match". In 2006, he starred as one of the wizards in the fantasy-themed television series, Majika, which became his last TV series on GMA.
After transferring to ABS-CBN in 2006, he became part of the cast of the network's soap opera Sana Maulit Muli. It was his first primetime drama series on the network. He appeared in an episode of Love Spell, "Sweet Sixty". Later, he was cast on the fantasy series Lastikman.
In 2009, he starred in Tayong Dalawa alongside, Kim Chiu where he gained recognition from audience and criticism. He portrayed David Dave Garcia Jr (Dave), a jack-a-danny and a soldier in the Philippine army. In the series, he had the triangle love story with Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu. In the same year, he appeared on Precious Hearts Romances Presents: My Cheating Heart alongside kapamilya leading lady Cristine Reyes.
In 2012, he played the role of Paul Raymundo in Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo alongside two female stars Shaina Magdayao and Bangs Garcia, The triangle love story in the film attracts interest of audience . The series reached top rating in 2012 although it was aired on afternoon. Also the same year he starred on the primetime series Kahit Puso'y Masugatan top billed by newest Kapamilya Iza Calzado with her very first tandem with Gabby Concepcion.
In 2015, he portrayed the role of Juan, one of the Samonte brothers in the romantic drama series Pasión de amor, a Philippine adaptation of Telemundo-produced Pasión de Gavilanes, one of the most famous TV series in the year with top rating.
In the field of movie, Jake played both mainstream films: In the name of love, Status: it's complicated, My neighbor's wife,Villa Estrella, Tuhog.... and featured indie films such as: H.I.V.: Si Heidi, Si Ivy at si V (2010) - a film about AIDS , Nuwebe (2013), a film about child sexual abuse which gained local and international awards, Lihis (2013), Mulat (2014).... Jake won his first best actor award at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York in 2014 for his performance in Diane Ventura's Mulat (Awaken), the same movie that recently won for him his second best actor at the 2016 World Cinema Festival in Copacabana, Brazil.