Julia Montes

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Hautea and the surname or paternal family name is Schnittka.
Julia Montes
Julia Montes Doble Kara Grand Presscon 2015.png
Montes at the Doble Kara Grand Presscon in August 2015
Born Mara Hautea Schnittka
(1995-03-19) March 19, 1995 (age 21)
Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
Other names Mara Schnittka[1]
Mara Montes[2]
Citizenship Filipino-German
Education Center for Culinary Arts, Manila
Occupation Actress, dancer, model, endorser
Years active 2001–present
Agent Star Magic (2004–present)
Notable work
Religion Roman Catholicism[4]<
Awards Full list

Mara Hautea Schnittka (born March 19, 1995), known professionally as Julia Montes, is a Filipino-German actress and commercial model. Crowned by ABS-CBN as "Royal Prinsesa ng Drama" (Royal Princess of Drama), she is widely known for her leading roles in television dramas and movies. Montes rose to prominence with her role as Clara del Valle in the remake of Mara Clara (2010).

After Mara Clara ended, she starred in the critically acclaimed phenomenal drama series Walang Hanggan (2012), as Katerina Alcantara, for which she won the Princess of Philippine Television Award. She starred in Muling Buksan Ang Puso (2013), as Sarah Beltran and received recognition as "Philippine Television's Teleserye Sweetheart". For her role as Mona Hidalgo in the period drama Ikaw Lamang (2014), she won a Best Actress Award at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw and received a nomination for Best Supporting Drama Actress at the PMPC Star Awards for TV 2014. This year, Montes headlines ABS-CBN's melodrama series Doble Kara (2015), as identical twin sisters Kara Dela Rosa and Sara Suarez. For her work in the television series, she won her second Best Actress Award at the 14th Gawad Tanglaw.

In films, she starred in the romantic-drama A Moment in Time (2013), as Jillian Linden, and the horror-romance Halik sa Hangin (2015), as Mia Generoso. Other film appearances include the family-drama Way Back Home (2011), the romantic-comedy The Reunion (2012), and the horror-adventure The Strangers (2012).

Early life[edit]

Julia Montes was born Mara Hautea Schnittka to a Filipino mother, Gemma Hautea, and a German father, Martin Schnittka, in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines. Martin left them when Montes was still a baby, and only her deaf mother raised her with the help of her grandmother, Flory Hautea. Montes has other relatives in Germany. In 2011, she finished high school with good grades at the Blessed Hope Christian School.[5]

Acting career[edit]

2001–09: Career beginnings[edit]

She began as a commercial model before appearing in various television shows. She was cast in a number of GMA 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. Montes went on to play different roles on other ABS-CBN shows such as Hiram and Maalaala Mo Kaya. She also appeared 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 "Card", a story of a girl who is longing for the love of her parents while under the care of a nursemaid. As a teen star, Montes starred as Mara in the youth-oriented show Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010. She also appeared in Katorse, led by actress Erich Gonzales in 2009.

2010–11: Breakthrough with Mara Clara[edit]

In 2010, Montes' biggest breakthrough role came when she tapped the role of Clara del Valle/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. The finale episode of the series earned a 43.4% national ratings based on Kantar Media, making it the highest-rating teleserye episode to date aired on ABS-CBN that year.[6][7] 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.[8]

In 2011, she starred in a Filipino family-drama film Way Back Home as Jessica "Jessie" Lorraine S. 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, Muling Buksan Ang Puso[edit]

In 2012, Montes further gained prominence when she starred with Coco Martin in the multi-acclaimed award-winning phenomenal drama series Walang Hanggan ("My Eternal"), a show that catapulted her already successful career.[9] This critically acclaimed series is loosely based on the 1991 film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit, a film based on the Emily Brontë classic novel, Wuthering Heights. Walang Hanggan[10] features the undying love that revolves around characters from three different generations - the love triangle among Virginia, Margaret, and Joseph; the ill-fated lovers Marco and Emily; and young sweethearts Daniel and Katerina. This soap opera includes Martin as Daniel Guidotti, Richard Gomez as Marco Montenegro, Dawn Zulueta as Emily Guidotti, Susan Roces as Virginia "Henya" Cruz, Helen Gamboa as Doña Margaret Montenegro, and Montes, as Katerina Alcantara. This also marks the first on-screen team-up of Coco Martin and Julia Montes, and the reunion project of eternal love team Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

This drama series became famous and a huge hit, maintaining the top spot and dominating the viewers' ratings for most of its run, being the only Philippine drama of 2012 to exceed the 40% margin in ratings.[11] The finale episode of the show garnered a remarkable highest rating of 45.4% nationwide.[12] 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.[13] Due to the soap's phenomenal success, Walang Hanggan was aired internationally in foreign countries along with Ina, Kapatid, Anak, and Be Careful With My Heart.[14]

The huge success of the series served as a stepping stone for Montes, igniting and boosting her career, giving her more opportunities to star in much more ambitious projects. It even earned Montes the title of "Phenomenal Primetime Princess;" eventually she was named as the "Princess of Philippine Television" during the 44th Box Office Entertainment Awards (GMMSFI).[15] Martin, on the other hand, 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.

Montes then starred in other two 2012 films, as Ligaya in The Reunion, and as Pat in The Strangers. In 2013, Montes starred in the romantic-drama A Moment in Time alongside Coco Martin, as a follow-up success of their preeminent team-up in Walang Hanggan.[16] She also appeared in an MMK episode titled "Krus", a story about a girl named Diana who was sold to a prostitution den by her own foster mother at a young age of 15. The episode drew a nationwide audience share of 34.2%, making it the No. 1 most watched program on March 9, according to data from Kantar Media.[17] That same year, Montes top-billed with Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil in another teleserye, Muling Buksan Ang Puso ("If Only"), which centers on the themes of forgiveness and second chances. Montes portrayed the role of Sarah Beltran, a role which she said in an interview was tailor-fit for her real age.[18] The series ranked 10th in Top 15 programs from January to December 2013.[19]

That same year, she, with Kathryn Bernardo, was ranked number 1 as Most Beautiful Star of 2013,[20] and was also tagged as "Philippine Television's Teleserye Sweetheart".

2014–present: Ikaw Lamang, Doble Kara[edit]

Montes appeared as Mona Roque-Hidalgo, the lifelong loyal friend and secret admirer of Samuel, in the period drama series Ikaw Lamang ("No Greater Love"), in 2014, where she was reunited with her Walang Hanggan leading man Coco Martin as Samuel Hidalgo / Gabriel Hidalgo. It also starred Kim Chiu as Isabelle Miravelez-Hidalgo / Andrea Hidalgo and Jake Cuenca as Franco Hidalgo. The series showcased Montes' acting prowess, being the youngest among its cast and crew. Montes received a nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actress in this series at the PMPC Star Awards for TV 2014.[21] In January 2015 at 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 role in Ikaw Lamang.[22]

After her character's departure from Ikaw Lamang, Montes starred in a coming of age romantic-horror mystery-thriller film, Halik sa Hangin, with Gerald Anderson and JC de Vera. The film, under the direction of Emmanuel Quindo Palo, was theatrically released on January 28, 2015.[23] 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.ph, author Jocelyn Valle 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."[24]

Meanwhile, Dreamscape publicity head Eric John Salut confirmed on February 12, 2015 via Twitter that Montes will be reunited once again with Walang Hanggan leading man Coco Martin in an upcoming TV project.[25] Martin and Montes are set to reunite in a new chapter of Wansapanataym's summer special called "Yamishita's Treasures", marking the second collaboration of the two as a love team after their hit TV series Walang Hanggan. After watching the premiere of Halik sa Hangin, Martin stated in an interview that he personally requested for Montes as his leading lady for his new project because he was proud and impressed by the young actress' outstanding performance in Halik sa Hangin.[26] Wansapanataym's "Yamishita's Treasures" ran for 12 weeks, from March 22 to June 14, 2015.[27][28] Later that same year, Montes appeared in an MMK episode titled "Picture", a story about a young woman named Rosa who fell in love with a man who, unknown to her, is already married. The episode registered a national TV rating of 37.2%, making it one of the most watched episodes of MMK that year.[29]

After accomplishing several film and television projects involving Halik sa Hangin, Wansapanataym, and in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, Montes headlines the series Doble Kara, this 2015.[30] The series revolves around the lives and story of twins Kara and Sara, who got separated during their childhood due to Kara's urgent need of cure for leukemia.[31] Montes will assume the roles of identical twin sisters Kara and Sara, who share the same appearance but exhibit completely different personas. Along with the series, it will also be presenting the talents of an ensemble cast consisting of Mylene Dizon as Laura Suarez, Carmina Villaroel as Lucille Dela Rosa, Ariel Rivera as Ishmael Suarez, Allen Dizon as Antonio Dela Rosa, Sam Milby as Sebastian Acosta, and Edgar Allan Guzman as Edward Ligaya.[32] Doble Kara is produced by Dreamscape Entertainment Television, and premiered on August 24, 2015.[33] Montes received a Best Actress Award for two consecutive years at the 2016 ceremony of the 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards for her role.[34]

In alignment with Montes' new series Doble Kara, she was officially and cordially crowned by ABS-CBN as the "Royal Prinsesa ng Drama" (Royal Drama Princess) after showcasing her in-depth skill in acting, and for portraying various drama-filled roles in her known long resumed teleseryes such as Mara Clara, Walang Hanggan, Muling Buksan Ang Puso, and Ikaw Lamang.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from acting, Montes is also a renowned culinary chef. In June 2015, Montes, despite her busy schedule, completed a rigorous and challenging culinary course at the famed Center for Culinary Arts, Manila along with her fellow actress Yam Concepcion.[36]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2001 Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Danica
2004 Hiram Young Stephanie Borromeo
2005–08 Goin' Bulilit Various roles Graduate (2008) [1]
2008 Ligaw na Bulaklak Young Jennifer
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Abby Episode: "Card"
Credited as Mara


2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Ricardo's sister Episode: "Leather Shoes"
Credited as

Mara Schnittka

2008 I Love Betty La Fea Young Daniella Valencia
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Young Babette Episode: "Diary"
Credited as Mara


2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Jerome's sister Episode: "Lubid" [40]
2009 Komiks Presents:

Nasaan Ka Maruja?

2010 Katorse Nellie
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents:

The Substitute Bride

Young Wilda Abrantes
2010 Your Song Presents: Gimik 2010 Mara Credited as Mara Montes [2]
2010 ASAP Herself
2010–11 Mara Clara Clara del Valle/David First credited as Julia Montes [7]
2010–11 Shoutout! Herself
2011 Wansapanataym Star Episode: "Unli-Gift Box"
2011-2012 Growing Up Samantha "Tammy" Magtoto
2011 Wansapanataym Trina Episode: "Three-In-One"
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Diana Episode: "Krus" [41][17]
2013 Wansapanataym Marian Jacinto Episode: "The Christmas Visitor"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Rosa Episode: "Picture" [42]
2012 Walang Hanggan Katerina Alcantara-Montenegro/Guidotti [10][35][12]
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Sarah Beltran-Dela Vega
2014 Ikaw Lamang Monalisa "Mona" Roque-Hidalgo "Book One" only [35]
2015 Wansapanataym Presents: Yamashita's


Tanya [27]
2015–16 Doble Kara Kara Dela Rosa-Acosta / Sara Suarez [18][30][31]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2007 Paano Kita Iibigin Lance's young sister
2007 Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Young Lily
2008 Caregiver Anna
2009 T2 Rita's daughter Cameo
2010 Dalaw Mara
2011 Way Back Home Jessica "Jessie" Lorraine S. Santiago
2012 The Reunion Ligaya Bustamante
2012 The Strangers Pat
2013 A Moment in Time Jillian Linden
2015 Halik sa Hangin Mia Generoso [24][23]
2016 Padre de Familia Pia Santiago

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Episode 8". Goin' Bulilit. ABS-CBN.com. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Gimik 2010 brings together Judy Ann Santos, Diether Ocampo, Bojo Molina, G Toengi, and Mylene Dizon". Guide. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Doble Kara: Julia Montes is Back!". YouTube. 
  4. ^ ABS-CBN Entertainment (August 24, 2015). "Kris TV: Julia buys a new house". ABS-CBN Entertainment. YouTube. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Marinel R. Cruz (April 15, 2012). "Julia Montes a proud homeowner at age 17". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  6. ^ Cuartero, Nestor (February 5, 2011). "'Mara Clara,' other stars, in transit". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Mara Clara finale reaches 43.4 percent rating nationwide based on Kantar Media; reaches top slot in Twitter trending topics - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Star Magic artists soar high in 2014". Tempo Entertainment: The News in a Flash. January 19, 2014. 
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  10. ^ a b "Luis, Anne, Julia thrilled over new awards". ABS-CBN News. May 20, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "'Walang Hanggan' posts highest ratings of 42.5%". ABS-CBN News. June 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "'Walang Hanggan' finale scores all-time high rating". ABS-CBN News. October 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ Dumaual, Miguel (June 25, 2013). "'Ina Kapatid Anak' to air internationally". ABS-CBN News. 
  15. ^ Benavidez, Kathleen (May 29, 2013). "Julia Montes on Princess of Philippine TV recognition: That's a big thing for me and dream come true. - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  16. ^ "Julia-Coco film not 'Walang Hanggan Part 2'". ABS-CBN News. January 25, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Julia Montes' prostitute role draws strong viewership". ABS-CBN News. March 12, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Losorata, Yugel (June 9, 2013). "Julia thrilled over 'tailor-fit' role". The Philippine Star. 
  19. ^ "ABS-CBN is No. 1 TV station in PH for 2013". ABS-CBN News. January 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ Rizza Lorraine C. Benedicto (July 26, 2013). "Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes named YES! Most Beautiful Stars this year - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  21. ^ "28th Star Awards for Television nominees revealed - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. November 5, 2014. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ a b "Gerald paired with Julia Montes in horror film". ABS-CBN News. September 2, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b 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. 
  25. ^ "Coco, Julia Montes to reunite in TV project". ABS-CBN News. February 12, 2015. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ a b "Coco Martin and Julia Montes reunite in Wansapanataym's Yamashita's Treasures". Pinoy Showbiz Daily. February 17, 2015. 
  28. ^ Jimenez, Joyce (March 11, 2015). "Julia Montes says Coco Martin is her ideal guy". The Philippine Star. 
  29. ^ "NATIONAL TV RATINGS (Urban + Rural): July 8-14, 2015". abscbnpr.com. July 17, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "WATCH: Julia Montes stars in 'Doble Kara' teaser". ABS-CBN News. August 1, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  31. ^ a b Buan-Deveza, Reyma (August 17, 2015). "Julia Montes gets first title role in 'Doble Kara'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Julia Montes gets new leading men in upcoming series". ABS-CBN News. July 15, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  33. ^ ""DOBLE KARA" SHINES IN ABS-CBN’S KAPAMILYA GOLD BEGINNING MONDAY". abscbnpr.com. August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  34. ^ "14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards 2016 Winners List Bared, 'Honor Thy Father' Leads". adobotalkph.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  35. ^ a b c Garcia, Rose (August 17, 2015). "Julia Montes crowned "Royal Prinsesa ng Drama" by ABS-CBN - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  36. ^ "Julia Montes graduates from culinary school". ABS-CBN News. June 22, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Card". [[Maalaala Mo Kaya]]. Retrieved 23 July 2016.  line feed character in |publisher= at position 17 (help)
  38. ^ [http://mmk.abs-cbn.com/episode/leather-shoes- runaway "Leather Shoes"] Check |url= value (help). Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 23 July 2016.  line feed character in |url= at position 46 (help); line feed character in |accessdate= at position 9 (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  39. ^ [http://mmk.abs-cbn.com/episode/diary-dr-dad-s- diary "Diary"] Check |url= value (help). [[Maalaa Mo Kaya]]. Retrieved 23 July 2016.  line feed character in |publisher= at position 15 (help); line feed character in |url= at position 47 (help)
  40. ^ "Lubid". Maalaa Mo Kaya. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  41. ^ "Krus". Maalaa Mo Kaya. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  42. ^ [http://mmk.abs-cbn.com/episode/picture- caregiver-mistress "Picture"] Check |url= value (help). Maalaa Mo Kaya. Retrieved 23 July 2016.  line feed character in |url= at position 40 (help); line feed character in |accessdate= at position 9 (help); Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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