Kris Bernal's Most Memorable Roles in Photos
Kris Bernal has come a long way from her Starstruck days. No longer is she the sweet girl-next-door as she continues to land more and more serious roles
Kris Bernal was pushed into the media spotlight after Season 4 of Starstruck, where she won the Ultimate Love Team award alongside Mart Escudero. She also received the most text votes, which gave her a commercial endorsement deal for BNY. The reality talent search, however, ended almost a decade ago and Bernal has since come a long way.
In 2007, an 18-year-old Bernal was given the role of Coffee in GMA Network’s Boys Nxt Door. Her role was of a kikay girl that got stuck in a love triangle between Atom and Migs, who were portrayed by Escudero and Aljur Abrenica, respectively. The show lasted for two seasons over the course of 31 episodes.
The following year, Bernal landed a role in Dyesabel. The drama-fantasy, which starred Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, allowed fans to catch Bernal play another small yet notable role as Sheila Mae Legaspi/Shiela Mae Montemayor.
It was in 2009 where she finally broke away from supporting characters and earned herself a starring role in Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? alongside Abrenica. The series was a TV adaptation of the 1984 film starring Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Conception. Not only did the afternoon series allow existing fans to see Bernal’s range, but it also provided her with a new audience to win over.
In 2011, Bernal once again showcased her talents in the dance TV series entitled Time Of My Life. The show put her alongside another Startstruck-alum, Mark Herras. Playing the role of Shane, Bernal literally and figuratively stretched her muscles to capture the struggle and moves of a dancer. The concept was a novel one, but it only cashed in on Bernal’s persona of the nice girl-next-door.
Bernal then got an opportunity in 2015 to work with some of Philippine cinema’s biggest names, including Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia. In what she considered a crucial role herself, Bernal played an intellectually disabled mother in Little Nanay. The young actress took the time necessary to portray the role and it showed in her performance. More importantly, it proved that Bernal had real acting ability beyond kilig-endusing moments.
Despite her already stellar acting resume, the future still looks bright for the now 27-year-old actress. This year, she will play the role of Nimfa, a street vendor that undergoes a makeover to play a rich and beautiful woman named Rosette, in GMA’s remake of the 2007 hit series, Impostora.
Impostra is scheduled to premiere on GMA in March. Bernal is under a lot of pressure, particularly because the role originally belonged to Sunshine Dizon. But Bernal has the support of her network, co-stars and fans with her. The series will also showcase the talents of Rafael Rosell, Elizabeth Oropesa, Ryan Eigenmann, Vaness del Moral and Aicelle Santos.