5 Young Actresses Who Played ~Kontrabidas~ That We Can’t Help But Root For

by Cass Lazaro   |  Sep 9, 2022
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While Pinoy teleseryes are known for sappy love stories and feel-good *main character* moments, no plot is as exciting without the ~drama~ created by the villains! In fact, some actresses would even prefer portraying the kontrabida over the goody-two-shoes heroine. We don’t blame them though, since there’s nothing quite like being wrapped in your character’s *dark* plot to showcase your versatility as an actress!

Below, get to know the famous young kontrabidas who took the spotlight as much as their bida counterparts. We’re consistently torn whether we hate or love them, TBH!

5 Impressive Young Actresses Who Played Kontrabidas:

1. Janella Salvador


Let’s start with the woman who inspired this list—Janella, who has been the subject of headlines recently for her stellar portrayal of modern-day Valentina in the Darna series. Much like her predecessors Alessandra De Rossi and Cherie Gil, she’s a total scene-stealer especially with her ~chilling~ snake-haired look! Well-spoken and politically aware, we’re in constant debate if we’re gonna root for her as much as we do for Jane De Leon’s iconic heroine.

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2. Andrea Brillantes


Blythe’s character Marga in the hit series Kadenang Ginto is moody, selfish, and downright bratty, but there’s a reason why viewers of their show were so taken with her amid her catfights against co-star Francine Diaz, who played Cassie. The Gen Z superstar possesses that *innate charisma* that makes her character so compelling to watch, even with her mean girl tendencies!

3. Alexa Ilacad

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Alexa was initially hesitant to accept the role of Luna in the hit series The Killer Bride, but thankfully, despite all the doubts, she persisted! Her beautiful and manipulative character was such a pain to watch at times (we were team JoshNella all the way) yet the PBB alum made it so easy to capture everyone's empathy when she got her heart broken.

4. Julia Montes


No teleserye junkie isn’t aware of the iconic Mara Clara, which catapulted its lead stars Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo to superstardom back in 2010. Playing the mean antagonist Clara was then-emerging young actress Julia, whose acting chops is so convincing that she went on to be one of the most sought-after leading ladies of her generation after her stint on the show.

5. Kyline Alcantara

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Kyline may be one of Kapuso network’s most popular Gen Z sweethearts today, but she started off annoying viewers with her too-realistic portrayal of a young kontrabida in the teleserye Annaliza back when she was still with ABS-CBN. Instead of letting the mean comments get to her, she recognizes it as a validation to hone her range more. In fact, she even told her management network that she’s unafraid to explore more roles in the future, even kontrabida ones!

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