Julia Montes at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, University of Perpetual Help, Las Piñas City, 19 February 2015
|Born||Mara Hautea Schnittka
March 19, 1995
Pandacan, Manila, Philippines
|Occupation||Actress, dancer, model, endorser|
|Agent||Star Magic (2004–present)|
|Known for||Mara Clara, Walang Hanggan, Muling Buksan Ang Puso, Ikaw Lamang|
|Height||5'6" (168 cm)|
Mara Hautea Schnittka, best known by her stage name Julia Montes (born March 19, 1995 in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines), is a Filipino-German actress and commercial model. Crowned by ABS-CBN as Royal Prinsesa ng Drama (Royal Drama Princess), she is widely known for her leading roles in Philippine dramas, such as Mara Clara (2010), 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.
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.
2001–mid 2010: Early showbiz career
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. 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: Mara Clara and Growing Up
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.
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 and Muling Buksan Ang Puso
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. This 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.
This 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 exceed the 40% margin in ratings. The finale episode of the show garnered a remarkable highest rating of 45.4% nationwide. 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. 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.
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). 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.
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 romance-drama A Moment in Time alongside Coco Martin, as a follow-up success of their preeminent team-up in Walang Hanggan. That same year, Montes top-billed with Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil in another teleserye, Muling Buksan Ang Puso, 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. The series ranked 10th in Top 15 programs from January to December 2013.
2014–15: Ikaw Lamang and Doble Kara
Montes appeared as Mona Roque-Hidalgo in a period drama series, Ikaw Lamang, 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. 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.
After her character's departure from Ikaw Lamang, Montes starred in a coming of age mystery thriller horror-romance 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. Montes continued to draw praise and recognition from film critics for her role as Mia Generoso in Halik sa Hangin. In a review from PEP.com, 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."
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. 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. Wansapanataym's "Yamishita's Treasures" ran for 18 weeks, from March 22 to June 21, 2015.
After accomplishing several television and film projects involving Halik sa Hangin, Wansapanataym and in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya titled Picture, Montes is set to star in a melodrama television series, Doble Kara, this 2015. The television series will revolve around the lives and stories of twins Kara and Sara, who got separated during their childhood due to Kara's urgent need of cure for leukemia. 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 Edgar Allan Guzman as Edward, Anjo Damiles as Andy, Mylene Dizon as Laura, Carmina Villaroel as Lucille, Ariel Rivera as Ishmael and Allen Dizon as Antonio. Doble Kara, a Dreamscape production, premiered on August 24, 2015.
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.
|2007||Paano Kita Iibigin||Special Role||Star Cinema, Viva Films|
|Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po!||Young Lily||Regal Films|
|2010||Dalaw||Mara||Star Cinema, Cinemedia, MJM Productions|
|2011||Way Back Home||Jessica "Jessie" Lorraine S. Santiago||Star Cinema|
|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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