There's no denying that the local entertainment scene today is filled with promising young actresses. A good number of these starlets are showbiz newcomers, but there are also a few who have been grinding in the industry since their childhood. At an age where kids pestered their parents for toys and crammed homework during recess, these budding actors were attending child star hunts, booking commercial auditions, and memorizing movie scripts by heart. After years of hard work, they've gone from adorable child actors to promising teen stars! Read about some of them below:
7 Child Actresses Turned Teenage Leading Ladies
1. Kyline Alcantara
Like many child stars, Kyline found her footing in the industry by playing younger versions of teleserye leading ladies. She first rose to fame when she was casted as a lead kontrabida in the drama series Annaliza, which led her to bag other iconic roles in Kambal, Karibal, Black Lipstick, and I Left My Heart in Sorsogon.
2. Andrea Brillantes
Despite being only 19 years old, Andrea has over 30 TV and movie credits under her name. But apart from appearing in television staples like Goin' Bulilit and Kadenang Ginto, this up-and-coming personality is also one of the most followed Gen Z celebrities on social media.
3. Xyriel Manabat
At the young age of seven, Xyriel already cemented her status as a promising actress in 100 Days to Heaven and May Bukas Pa. Over 10 years later, she's been making headlines for getting a set of dermal piercings and joining the cast of Dirty Linen.
4. Althea Ablan
Having been in the 'biz for nearly 12 years now, Althea is certainly a Kapuso star to watch. Although she entered the industry playing minor roles in Encantadia and Beautiful Strangers, she's now one of the leading ladies in GMA Network's crowd-favorite Prima Donnas. She even belongs to a fast-rising love team with Bruce Roeland!
5. Mutya Orquia
Mutya's best known for playing the titular role in Mutya, but she has also played memorable characters in Be Careful With My Heart, My Binondo Girl, and Wildflower. Most recently, she made her big comeback as a teen actress in Nina Nino, a drama-comedy series that stars veteran actress Maja Salvador.
6. Sofia Pablo
Sofia's journey to stardom began when she was only 8 years old. She started out starring in Jollibee commercials and eventually made her big screen debut in the indie film Marinquina. Since then, Sofia has worked on numerous acclaimed movies and shows such as Super Ma'am, Destined to Be Yours, and Prima Donnas.
7. Jillian Ward
Can you believe that Jillian was only 5 years old when she got her first-ever lead role in Trudis Liit? Now an award-winning actress at 17 years old, Jillian proudly headlines Prima Donnas alongside Sofia and Althea.
This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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