You might know of Ella Cruz from the various dance covers she posts. While she initially started out in the industry as an actress, the 24-year-old is also deeply passionate about dance! She’s also a hardcore K-pop stan like many of us. Unlike like the rest of us, though, Ella’s truly living the Y/N life because one her favorite K-pop idols follows her back on IG. Sobrang goals, sa totoo lang. We recently got to catch up with her over Instagram DM where she revealed the most famous person following her on Insta. Read on to find out who it is, plus other things to know about the actress!
Ella's real name is Gabriela Annjane.
The full name of the actress is Gabriela Annjane Umali Cruz. She was born on August 17, 1996, which means she's now 24 years old. Ella's zodiac sign is a Leo. Leos are known for being passionate, confident, and loyal. Recently, Ella got into riding and started taking lessons so she could start racing. She heads out to Clark, Pampanga in between taping sessions for riding lessons after developing a passion for motorcycle racing. The dedication!
She’s been a Kapamilya, a Kapuso, and a Kapatid.
Yup, Ella’s been a part of the three leading TV channels in the country. She began as a Kapuso back in 2006 where she appeared in shows like Majika and Marimar. In both shows, she played the younger versions of the main characters portrayed by Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera, respectively. As a Kapamilya, she appeared on Goin' Bulilit, Luv U, and Bagito. At TV5, she did shows like #ParangNormal Activity and Wattpad Presents: TV Movie: I'm His Tutor.
She got to dance in front of Blackpink!
It’s every fan’s dream to meet their idols. Not only did Ella get to meet the K-pop girl group in an event, but she also made their jaws drop after performing in front of them! Ella and her dance team flew to Indonesia for a Samsung event featuring brand endorsers Blackpink where they performed their own choreography to a remix of the girl group’s songs. SO. COOL.
The most famous person following her on Instagram is a K-pop idol.
As a K-pop fan herself, it’s a pretty big deal for Ella to find out that Girls’ Generation member Tiffany Young (@tiffanyyoungofficial) follows her on Insta! On Twitter, however, Justin Bieber and Bella Thorne are her most famous followers. “Every time na nakikita ko accounts nila and may nakalagay na ‘follows you,’ kinikilig pa rin and na-starstruck pa rin ako,” Ella shares.
Her most memorable fan encounter was when fans surprised her on her birthday.
Ella shared that her *most* memorable moment with fans was when they surprised her for her birthday during a mall show. “Nasa mall show po ako for my movie, and malapit na rin birthday ko noon,” she tells Candy. “And then while singing biglang nag-stop ang music and nag-iba ang song. Then my fans, ELLAMAZING, bigla silang pumunta sa stage then biglang nagsayaw, they prepared a surprise prod for me.” So sweet! Check out the heartwarming moment here (fast forward to around 9:30!):
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