Since her first appearance on national television as a StarStruck contestant, Klea Pineda has been gracing our TV screens with her talent and undeniable charm. The rising actress has since starred alongside some of the most talented actors in the show biz industry, like Sheryl Cruz, Sunshine Dizon, and Glaiza de Castro. Not to mention, she's been blessing our Instagram feeds with the coolest OOTDs.
She recently made headlines when she proudly came out as queer on her 24th birthday, and netizens have been *curious* to know more about the up-and-coming star. In case you want to learn more about Klea, we rounded up eight essential facts you need to know about her!
8 Things You Need to Know About Klea Pineda
1. She was born on March 19, 1999.
Klea is a *certified* Gen Z and a true-blue Pisces as well! ICYDK, Pisces people are known for being compassionate, artistic, empathic, and caring—definitely the Klea we love!
2. She won the sixth season of StarStruck.
The 24-year-old’s first foray into showbiz was through the sixth season of the hit survival show StarStruck, where she emerged as the Ultimate Female Survivor in 2015. Since then, the actress has appeared in more than 10 projects, with five of them released in 2016 alone. Wow!
3. She was in a love team with Jeric Gonzales.
Before the pandemic, Klea often starred in projects alongside her former love team partner Jeric Gonzales. While the two didn’t exactly end up ~together~, the actress admits that they used to go out on dates.
“Nung naka-love team ko si Jeric Gonzales, hindi siya official na nag-try [manligaw],” she shares in an episode of Fast Talk With Boy Abunda. “But… lumabas kami many times.”
4. She’s a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This year, Klea celebrated her birthday by publicly coming out as queer through an Instagram post.
"My 24th birthday is extra special since I finally mustered up the courage to come out to the world as my true authentic self," she wrote. "Masasabi ko na ito na ang pinakamatapang na desisyon na nagawa ko sa buong buhay ko. I want the world to know that I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community."
While the actress admits that not everyone might approve of her decision to come out, she hopes that she will be able to inspire others to be their most authentic selves. Awww!
5. She’s currently in a relationship with Katrice Kierulf.
Following her viral birthday post, the actress introduced her girlfriend, Katrice Keirulf, to the world. Klea only had amazing things to say about her girl. “Na-excite siya for me, sobrang supportive niya sa akin. In-ask ko siya kung okay lang sa kanya kasi once na nag-out ako, mag-a-out na rin siya sa public,” she shares. “Ang sagot niya sa akin, ‘hinihintay lang naman kita.’ She is very supportive talaga ever since, since day one.”
6. She loves riding motorbikes.
Klea surely knows how to travel in style, and her affinity for motorbikes is proof! The actress has repeatedly shown her love for motorcycles on Instagram, sharing snaps of her riding through the streets of Manila. According to her, the unconventional hobby gives her a sense of *freedom.* She's so badass!
7. She’s popularly known for her appearance in the 2016 adaptation of Encantadia.
A year after winning StarStruck, Klea starred in the TV series Encantadia as Muyak, a courageous servant who's always ready to fight for the better good. She acted alongside Glaiza de Castro, Gabbi Garcia, Kylie Padilla, and Sanya Lopez.
8. Her childhood dream was to become a pilot.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram to share photos of her seemingly learning how to fly a small plane. "Kahit anong mangyari, huwag na huwag kang titigil mangarap," she wrote in her caption.
In a previous vlog, Klea also shared that it has always been one of her *dreams* to become a pilot, and that it makes her feel empowered to be successful in a male-dominated industry.
"Yung pagpi-piloto gusto kong ma-prove sa mga tao na hindi lang panlalaki 'yun. Well, marami na rin piloto na babae ngayon and gusto kong maging isa dun," she said.
"Nakaka-empower kasi eh, parang nakaka-proud na nagagawa mo ‘yung mga akala ng mga tao before panglalaki lang talaga siya." Word!