Mara Hautea Schnittka, known professionally as Julia Montes, is a Filipino-German actress and model.
48 Facts About Julia Montes
Julia Montes is dubbed as the reigning "Daytime Drama Queen" by the media.
Julia Montes began acting as a child on television by playing guest roles and starring in Goin' Bulilit.
Julia Montes gained widespread recognition with her first significant role and breakthrough playing the mean and spoiled Clara del Valle in the remake of Mara Clara, following which she made her film debut in the family drama Way Back Home.
Julia Montes subsequently won her second Gawad Tanglaw Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the PMPC Star Award for Best Drama Actress when she headlined the melodrama Doble Kara, as identical twin sisters Kara Dela Rosa and Sara Suarez.
Julia Montes was born Mara Hautea Schnittka on March 19,1995, in Pandacan, Manila, Philippines, to a Filipino mother, Gemma Hautea, and German father, Martin Schnittka.
Schnittka left them when Julia Montes was still a baby, and only her deaf mother raised her with the help of her grandmother, Flory Hautea.
Julia Montes describes education as one of the tools to have a good life and she hopes to continuously work not just for herself but for her family as well.
At the age of 5, Julia Montes began attending auditions and modeling agencies.
Julia Montes recalls the struggles she and her grandmother went through: commuting to castings, hurrying from school to shoots and missing a lot of family time in the process until she was cast in a milk brand, chocolate snack and fast food chain endorsements.
Julia Montes started as a commercial model before appearing in various television shows.
Julia Montes began her acting career with minor roles when she was cast in a number of GMA shows such as Sana ay Ikaw na Nga in 2001 as the daughter of actors Robin Da Rosa and Angelu de Leon, and in some episodes of the now defunct drama anthology Magpakailanman.
Julia Montes went on to play guest roles on ABS-CBN's television shows such as Hiram and Maalaala Mo Kaya before landing a permanent spot in the kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit in 2005.
Julia Montes appeared in other television series in 2008 including Ligaw na Bulaklak and I Love Betty La Fea.
Julia Montes was then cast as the teenage Mara, a character with her same name, in the youth-oriented show Gimik 2010.
Montes changed her screen name from "Mara Montes" to "Julia Montes" to avoid confusion and complications, since the titular character Mara will be played by Bernardo.
In 2011, Montes made her film debut in the family drama Way Back Home, which opened in August 2011 to positive reviews, as Jessica "Jessie" Lorraine S Santiago, alongside Mara Clara co-star Kathryn Bernardo.
Julia Montes has the ability to make her audience understand the pain her character is going through, and more importantly make them see where it is coming from.
Julia Montes then starred in other two 2012 films, as Ligaya in The Reunion, and as Pat in The Strangers.
In 2013, Julia Montes starred in the romantic drama A Moment in Time alongside Martin, as a follow-up success of their preeminent team-up in Walang Hanggan.
Julia Montes is perfect as a young woman coming-of-age to the truths and facts of life.
Julia Montes's acting chops slices away any doubts about her ability to portray young or adult characters.
That same year, Julia Montes co-starred with Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil in another television series Muling Buksan ang Puso which centers on the themes of forgiveness and second chances.
Julia Montes portrayed the role of Sarah Beltran, a role which she said in an interview was "tailor-fit" for her real age.
Julia Montes received a nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actress in the series at the PMPC Star Awards for TV 2014.
In January 2015 at the 13th Gawad Tanglaw for television, Julia Montes, tied with veteran actress Angel Locsin, won a Best Actress award for her role in Ikaw Lamang.
Julia Montes continued to draw praises and recognition from film critics for her role as Mia Generoso in Halik sa Hangin.
Julia Montes shines the brightest in the pivotal scene where Mia is suspected to becoming a mental case, and Mia has to convince everybody that she's telling the truth.
Later in 2015, Dreamscape publicity head Eric John Salut confirmed on February 12,2015 via Twitter that Julia Montes will be reunited with Walang Hanggan leading man Coco Martin in an upcoming TV project.
Martin and Julia Montes reunited in a new chapter of Wansapanataym's summer special called "Yamishita's Treasures", marking the second collaboration of the two as a loveteam in television since their hit TV series Walang Hanggan.
Julia Montes starred as Tanya, a princess in a world of fairies, who meets Yami and helps him retrieve a treasure in her world.
Later that same year, Julia Montes appeared in an Maalaala Mo Kaya episode titled "Picture", a story about a young woman named Rosa who fell in love with a man who, unknown to her, is already married.
Julia Montes assumed the roles of identical twin sisters Kara and Sara, who share the same appearance but exhibit completely different personas.
Julia Montes received a Best Actress Award for two consecutive years at the 2016 ceremony of the 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, as well as a PMPC Star Award nomination in the Best Dramatic Actress category for her role.
In February 2016, Star Style magazine noted in a 2016 feature that Julia Montes seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.
Julia Montes starred alongside JC Santos in Wansapanataym "Annika Pintasera" on April 2,2017 where she played as Annika de Cuadra, a rich girl who does not value the people around her.
Julia Montes plays Ana Dimasalang, a paramedic who became Gael Ojeda's personal nurse after saving him from an accident and fell in love with him; she becomes involved in an assassination plot arranged by the del Mundos and Ojedas upon witnessing their plan.
In June 2015, Julia Montes completed a culinary course at the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila along with her fellow actress Yam Concepcion.
In December 2017, Julia Montes was reunited with her birth father, Martin Schnittka, at Bellini's, Cubao, Quezon City.
Julia Montes has been in a romantic relationship with Coco Martin since 2011 when she was still 16 years old and Martin was 30.
Julia Montes has been described in the media as one of the most talented actresses of her generation, and frequently referred to as "Royal Princess of Drama", and "Daytime Drama Queen".
Julia Montes is noted for playing in a range of material from horror to drama and has played roles in both high-profile, mainstream productions, and low-budget independent films.
Julia Montes says that she finds it fitting for people to give her mature roles since she "acts and looks a lot more mature" than her age and most girls of her age.
Early in her career, Julia Montes established a reputation for being her family's breadwinner, amidst the absence of her biological father.
Julia Montes managed to buy her own house at age 17 and was able to put up a salon for her grandmother, who had to sacrifice her salon business to pull their efforts together to support Montes at the start of her career.
In 2016 and 2017, Julia Montes was awarded for the Makabata Stars on the Anak TV Awards.
Julia Montes has received one FAMAS Award for Best Actress nomination, two PMPC Star Award nominations, and one Young Critics Circle Award for Best Performance nomination.
Julia Montes won a Princess of Philippine Television Award for Walang Hanggan.