You may recognize many rising Gen Z stars today from your childhood—back when you laughed at Miles Ocampo's antics on Goin’ Bulilit or cheered for Andrea Brillantes' character on Annaliza. But do you remember how adorable Althea Ablan was on Mulawin vs Ravena and Encantadia? As it turns out, the former child actress is now quickly approaching her 18th birthday! A lot of things have changed since her first acting stint six years ago, but you’d be pleased to know that she’s still holding her own in the cutthroat entertainment industry.
In case you need a quick refresher on what Althea’s been working on recently, here are five fast facts that you should know about her:
1. Althea is 17 years old.
Maria Althea Sophia O. Ablan was born on October 9, 2004. Growing up as the only girl among three brothers, Althea’s a self-confessed member of the #StrictParents gang. For instance, when she first entered the showbiz industry, her mom monitored her social media messages and her brothers didn’t allow her to date. Ever the obedient daughter, Althea never questioned these rules because she understood that they were for her own safety. She even enjoys doing all kinds of fun bonding activities with her brothers, like going on road trips to playing with their dogs.
2. Althea entered showbiz as a commercial actress.
Like many child actresses, Althea found her footing in the industry by appearing in local commercials and playing the younger versions of teleserye leading ladies. When she was only 6 years old, she landed her first gig as an actress for a soap brand commercial. Following many successful commercial go-sees, she was scouted to play the younger version of Heart Evangelista’s character in the drama series Beautiful Strangers. Afterward, Althea played the younger versions of the female leads in Mulawin vs Ravena and Encantadia.
At first, Althea couldn’t help but doubt her capabilities as an actress because she never heard back from GMA Network the first time she auditioned. It also didn’t help that she was a full-time student who only ever dreamt of becoming a flight attendant. Althea only realized her passion for entertainment six years later when she caught her first big break on Prima Donnas as Donna Belle. Now, her fans are looking forward to seeing her shine as a full-fledged teen actress!
3. Althea is also well-known on social media.
Apart from being an up-and-coming actress, Althea’s also quite the social media influencer. Her Instagram feed, which is filled with cute OOTDs and aesthetic lifestyle photos, currently boasts 1.7 million followers. On TikTok, she has over 7.2 million followers who watch her impressive dance covers and cute lip syncs. Meanwhile, she uploads funny prank challenges and travel vlogs to her YouTube channel with nearly half a million subscribers. No wonder she’s secured endorsements with Flower Store, AquaFlask, Glutalipo, and many other big brands!
4. Althea’s love team partner is Bruce Roeland.
Earlier this year, Althea and Bruce were launched as one of the five Gen Z love teams under Sparkle Artist Center. ICYDK, Bruce is also a former child actor who is best known for his previous roles in Be My Lady and Wagas. They may seem like an odd couple at first; in fact, they themselves have admitted that they didn’t think they would get along at first. Althea initially got intimidated by Bruce’s serious personality, but their natural chemistry manifested as they bonded with each other more. From their swoon-worthy scenes in Prima Donnas to their sweet off-screen moments, these two rising stars prove that opposites really do attract. Super cute!
5. Althea loves to cook.
If you follow Althea’s YouTube channel, you’d already know how much she loves posting cooking and baking vlogs. The sweet tooth has already mastered a good number of recipes in the kitchen, including oatmeal pancakes, Milo cupcakes, baked cheesy potatoes, and mini donuts. A true foodie at heart, she also loves going on food trips and filming chatty mukbangs. Our advice: Don’t watch her food vlogs on an empty stomach!
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