You already know a couple of things about our lovely cover girl. Born Janella Maxine Salvador, she is the daughter of rockstar Juan Miguel Salvador and theater actress Jenine Desiderio. She also loves her little brother Russell to bits.
After bagging the role of Nikki on ABS-CBN's top-rating daytime drama Be Careful With My Heart, Janella's fame skyrocketed and popularized some of the cutest expressions—like "Oh my G." But how well do you know how she started out in the biz? Read on to find out.
We don't have the deets on where and why Janella performed Kitchie Nadal's "Wag Na Wag Mong Sasabihin," but we can't resist including it in this list. This is probably one of the earliest signs that Janella is a natural at performing. She's totally adorbs!
At ten, she performed Beyonce's "Stand Up For Love" (one of her favorite songs to sing to) with her mom on German Moreno's Walang Tulugan. Even at a very young age, Janella already showed her amazing singing skills. Imagine belting out a tune alongside one of Miss Saigon's original performers! So much pressure, right?
After taking a break from performing to finish grade school, Janella auditioned for the role of Nikki on Be Careful With My Heart and bagged it. In this show, she plays Nikki, Richard Yap or Ser Chief's Taglish-speaking daughter. Later on in the show, she was paired with Marlo Mortel's Nicolo.
Star Magic Circle 2013
Just last year, Janella was launched as part of Star Magic Circle 2013. Her batchmates included Liza Soberano, Julia Barretto, Michelle Vito, Jerome Ponce, Alex Diaz, among others. The group revealed in an interview with PEP.ph that Janella is the batch's best singer. We couldn't agree more.
Janella's career took off after Be Careful With My Heart and being launched as ABS-CBN's talents. She bagged an endorsement for one of the country's biggest shampoo brands Palmolive.
PMPC Star Awards and FAMAS Awards
Last year was a big year for this rising star. Aside from bagging a major endorsement deal, she was awarded as the Best New Female TV Personality for her role on Be Careful With My Heart at the Star Awards for Movies by the Philippine Media Press Club (PMPC). She was also one of the awardees of the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award during the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards, for being an excellent example to today's youth.
Maalala Mo Kaya
At the start of the year, Janella's drama acting skills were tested for her stint on Maalala Mo Kaya's episode, titled Card. She played Neneng, a grade-conscious student who falls in love with her academic rival Celo (Marlo Mortel).
Candy's March Cover Girl
For Candy's 15th anniversary issue, we put this rising star on the cover. It was very timely since, like us, Janella celebrates her birthday this month. Watch the behind-the-scenes footage from her cover shoot here.
Janella got another endorsement after Palmolive this year. She joined fellow actresses Liza Soberano and Sue Martinez for local fashion brand Natasha's new campaign, which was launched this month.
Looks like a big year for our cover girl, right? Like you, we're hoping to see more of Janella this year.
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