Karylle was born on March 22, 1981  in Manila to Zsazsa Padilla, a singer-actress and Dr. Modesto Tatlonghari. Her parents separated when she was six years old. She has one half-sister Zia Quizon from her mother's relationship to actor and comedian Dolphy a.k.a. Rodolfo Vera Quizon. She completed her elementary and secondary education, notably in O.B. Montessori Center – Greenhills during grade school (where she was class valedictorian), and Poveda where she finished high school with a Service Medal for extra-curricular and volunteer works. She began taking formal ballet lessons at the age of three and continued until she was fifteen. While she was preparing for her debut album, Karylle had started rehearsals for her first stage musical Little Mermaid where she played Princess Sapphire. In college, Karylle took up B.S. Management major in Communications Technology Management at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she made to the Dean's list and graduated in year 2002. Karylle is also an entrepreneur. She is part owner of the family KTV and resto-bar CenterStage at Tomas Morato in Quezon City, Jupiter in Makati City and Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City and Mey Lin Restaurant.
She entered the music scene with her first album Time to Shine from Universal Records with the dance single "Can't Live Without You".
Her second album was released on 2005 entitled You Make Me Sing. She wrote the songs "Coz, I Love You" and "Hiling". Also included in the album is the theme song, "Mahiwagang Puso", for her hit fantaserye Encantadia, in which she starred as Sang'gre Alena.
Three years later, she released her third album Time for Letting Go under a new recording company Polyeast Records. With this album, Karylle's gifts as a distinctive powerhouse vocalist is showcased in the single, "I'll Never get Over You Getting Over Me". It is a collection of songs that give the definition of moving on and at the same time divides grief in five different stages. The album also features duet with her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla – "I Live for Your Love" and three of Karylle's original compositions, "Minamahal Kita", "Hulog ng Langit" and the soulful piano-driven "Wala Na Bang Lahat".
Her 4th album, Roadtrip, was released in 2011, in which she ventured out of her comfort zone and produced the album by herself. She wrote eleven tracks in this album which "narrates her personal journey". She had worked on this album for the past four years and according to one of her interviews this album represents who she is, as- the artist, singer, songwriter.
Aside from her albums Karylle also did theme songs for the movies that she starred in. She, together with Jerome John Hughes did "Pagbigyan ang Puso", for Mano Po 3 and a cover of "Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan" for the movie Moments of Love.
Another album of Karylle, her 5th which is simply entitled K was launched in November 2013. This one features her dabbling into different genres. The album also includes Karylle's 2013 Philpop entry Sa’yo Na Lang Ako. In 2015, Universal Records released Karylle Songbook containing her first two albums in one CD.
Her latest and sixth album entitled A Different Playground was launched in February 2016. She said that this album is a reflection on her married life. A Different Playground captures Karylle playful side as an artist.
|Year||Album Title and Singles Released||Recording Company||PARI Certification|
|2001||Time to Shine|
|2005||You Make Me Sing|
|2009||Time for Letting Go|
|Year||Album Title and Singles Released||Recording Company|
|2015||The Karylle Songbook||Universal Records|
|Year||Song||Recording Company||TV series/Film|
|2004||"Pagbigyan ang Puso"||Universal Records||Mano Po III: My Love|
|2005||"Sana'y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan"||GMA Records||Moments of Love|
|Year||Album Title||Song/s||Recording Company|
|2011||The Kitchen Musical Soundtrack||Boom Boom Pow/|
Free Your Mind
Every Breath You Take
Hot N Cold
|Sony Music Entertainment|
|2012||Doin' It Big||Hurt so Bad|
duet with Young JV
duet with Christian Bautista
Karylle's first appearance on a movie was for a cameo role in Imus Productions' Metro Manila Filmfest entry in 2002 Ang Agimat as Maria Makiling. She also did three movies under Regal Entertainment. Mano Po 2: My Home and Mano Po 3: My Love where she played a Chinese. Her Mano Po films gave her a chance to work with the biggest and best actorlos in show business. Bahay ni Lola 2, a horror film, was her first lead role in a movie. Karylle scored another significant career feat in GMA films' box office hit Moments of Love, which was also a finalist in the New York Film Festival. She also did indie films such as Ligaw Liham and Litsonero. Aside from playing the lead character in "Ligaw Liham", she was also one of the producers of the said film.
2001–2004: Debut as TV actress
After releasing her first album, Karylle became a co-host and performer in GMA-7's now defunct program SOP. She also ventured into TV acting. Her first acting stint was in GMA 7's primetime television drama Twin Hearts as Iris. Her character would appear only for a week but then the production asked her to come back on the show to play another character Jade who looks exactly like Iris due to the chemistry that they have seen between her and actor Dingdong Dantes. It was followed by Love to Love Season 4 where she played the role of an Ilonga from Guimaras thus requiring her to speak with an Ilongo accent earning her a best actress nomination from Enpress Awards.
2008–2009: Change of network
Karylle was one of the hosts of GMA7's Pinoy Idol' along with Rhian Ramos and Richard Gutierrez in 2008. But during the last quarter of that year, she made the big changes regarding her career. She changed her management from Genesis to STAGES, her recording company from Universal Records to Polyeast EMI, from her home grown station, GMA to its rival station ABS-CBN. Also it came as a surprise to everyone when she became an endorser of Bench Body, with her billboards seen all over the metro for the ad "Single is Sexy!" indicating that she is also changing her image. Controversies over her break-up with former co-star and boyfriend Dingdong Dantes are speculated to be what had driven her to make the move. Her last stint in GMA is her appearance in the Manny Pacquiao–Oscar De La Hoya boxing match in Las Vegas, singing the Philippine national anthem, held last December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas USA. After the event, she signed a contract with ABS-CBN and officially became a Kapamilya. The program ASAP '08 gave her a grand welcome on December 14, 2008. After joining the ABS-CBN family her star shone even brighter. In Tim Yap's column in The Philippine Star she was included in one of the 29 people to watch out for in 2009. She eventually guested in the Season 2 of top rating show I Love Betty La Fea as Olivia. ABS-CBN has given her a show Nasaan Ka Maruja? After her successful stint in the Saturday series, Karylle took on a challenging role as Denise Alferos in the 2010 International Emmy nominee for Telenovela category, Dahil May Isang Ikaw.
2010–present: International breakthrough & It's Showtime
After being busy in the concert scene for a while, she returned on the small screen as she was introduced as the new character in the daily afternoon drama Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal?. After months of absence in the local scene due to her international Asian TV series The Kitchen Musical which was aired in 19 territories via AXN. Her role as Maddie in the series, earned her a nomination for Best Actress for in the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival. The singer-actress is back. Karylle continues to host Showtime but due to her schedule she now only appears semi regularly on ASAP. She also said that there are offers for her to do local TV series but due to her schedule she decided to turn them down. As for her international career, she landed another role in the Singaporean action-drama series Point of Entry. In 2013, she landed the role of Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella along with Christian Bautista as Prince Christopher. Cinderella is a musical play at the Resorts World Manila. It staged sixty shows from October 2013 until December 2013.
|2002||Ang Agimat||Maria Makiling||Cameo role|
|2003||Mano Po II: My Home||Rose Chan|
|2004||Masikip sa Dibdib||Singer||Cameo role|
|2004||Mano Po III: My Love||Judith Yang|
|2005||Bahay ni Lola 2||Nina|
|2005||Mulawin: The Movie||Sang’gre Alena|
|2006||Moments of Love||Lianne Santos|
|2012||My Cactus Heart||Cameo Role|
|2013||Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy||Sandy||Cameo Role (Credited as Peter's Girlfriend)|
Karylle is also known to do theater acting. She made her debut in the Trumpets' production of Little Mermaid. Her performance in the Trumpets musical is known to be her breakthrough to show business. She also starred in the Atlantis Production Seussical. Karylle bagged the female lead role as Maria, alternating with Joanna Ampil for the Stages production of West Side Story. Her performance was acclaimed by the critics and the public garnering her an Aliw Award nomination for Best Actress.
|2000||Little Mermaid||Princess Sapphire|
|2007||Seussical||Cat in the Hat|
|2008||West Side Story||Maria|
Karylle also has time to do concerts or tours in different places nationwide/worldwide either it is Musical Related concert or not.
|2008||Souls In Love|
with Jay R and Kris Lawrence
|Teatrino, Promenade Mall, Greenhills, San Juan|
|2009||Karylle: That Magic Called Love||EDSA Shangri-La|
|2012||Love and Laughter|
with Nanette Inventor and Christian Bautista
|Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila|
|2013||Mother's Day: Back to Back Concert|
with Zsa Zsa Padilla and Zia Quizon
|The Evan Theatre, Sydney|
Dallas Brooks Center, Melbourne
|It's Showtime Live in Hawaii!|
with It's Showtime Hosts
|Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu|
|2014||Love in the City|
with Christian Bautista
|Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City|
|Making Beautiful Music with Karylle||Shangri-La Plaza East Wing|
|FAAE Pistahan Parade and Festival|
with Gary Valenciano and Gab Valenciano
|San Francisco's Yerba Buenas Garden|
|It's Showtime Live in Canada!|
with It's Showtime Hosts
|Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Canada|
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada
|Disney in Concert: Tale as Long as Time|
with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Sam Concepcion
Morissette Amon and many more...
|CCP Main Theater|
|Rock That Love|
with Sponge Cola, Rico Blanco, Sitti and many more...
|du Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi|
|2015||Boracay Blast Summer Beach Party 2015|
with Kokoi Baldo and Spongecola
|Sealine Beach Resort Qatar|
|UniSilver Time 10th Year Anniversary Concert|
with Sam Milby, Ejay Falcon and many more...
with Robin Nievera, Paolo Valenciano and Isabella
|It's Showtime ANIMversary Kick-off|
with It's Showtime Hosts
|Smart Araneta Coliseum|
Other than acting, singing, and hosting, Karylle is also known to be a writer and blogger. She write some blog about her experiences in life or give tips for different events on Yahoo. Karylle had her poem published for the first time in the 2009 February issue of S Magazine where she was also the cover. The magazine was a hot seller. After it, she now dabbles in writing as contributor for S Magazine but before that she was already a contributor writer for Philippine Star's Entertainment section where she shares tidbits from her travels and the events in her life. Karylle launched her own blog site in 2016.
|Date Published||Title of Articles|
|July 19, 2007||No, nobody can hold us down |
|December 16, 2007||From ‘business-business’ to real business |
|March 31, 2008||My other promdi province|
|May 18, 2008||Come out & play |
|August 3, 2008||From Manila to Mt. Everest and back… and back again |
|August 10, 2008||Taking you where it happens, as it happens |
|October 12, 2008||Things about West Side you don’t know|
|August 9, 2009||My 'fan' London diaries |
|October 30, 2009||ART-icle |
|February 1, 2010||Little Heroes, Big Hearts |
|August 2, 2010||Suma-sideline |
From year 2005 to 2008, Karylle dated her Encantadia co-star Dingdong Dantes. Their relationship ended controversially after Dantes allegedly cheated on her with his MariMar co-star Marian Rivera.
Awards and nominations
|2001||Aliw Award||Best New Female Artist||"Time to Shine"||Won|
|2002||Most Promising Female Artist||Won|
|Awit Award||Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist||Won|
|MTV Philippines||Best New Artist||Won|
|Best Female Artist for Music Video||"Can't Live Without You"||Won|
|2003||Awit Awards||Best Performance by a Duet|
with Ogie Alcasid
|"Kung Mawawala Ka"||Won|
|2004||Metro Manila Film Festival||Best Theme Song||"Pagbigyan ang Puso"|
for Mano Po III: My Love
|Awit Award||Best Inspirational/Religious Song|
with Bukas Palad
|"Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario"||Won|
|2005||2nd Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress||Love to Love||Nominated|
|2006||Awit Award||Best R&B Song||"You Make Me Sing"||Nominated|
|MTV Philippines||Favorite Female Artist||Nominated|
|2009||MYX Music Awards 2009||Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video||"Only Hope"|
song by Gary Valenciano
|Aliw Award||Best Musical Stage Actress||"West Side Story"||Nominated|
|2010||MYX Music Awards 2010||Favorite Female Artist||"Time for Letting Go"||Nominated|
|2011||Awit Award||Special Recognition for their Successful Stint in a Pan-Asian series|
with Christian Bautista, Arthur Acuña, Thou Reyes, Ikey Canoy and Juan Jackson
|"The Kitchen Musical"||Included|
|PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Talent-Search Program Hosts|
with It's Showtime hosts
|2012||MYX Music Awards||Favorite Female Artist||"Roadtrip"||Nominated|
|Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Best Actress||"The Kitchen Musical"||Nominated|
|Awit Award||Best Dance Recording||"OMG"||Nominated|
|PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Reality & Game Show Hosts|
with It's Showtime hosts
|2013||PMPC Star Awards for TV||Best Female TV Host||Nominated|
|2014||Yahoo! OMG Awards 2014||Female TV Host||Nominated|
|Loveteam of the year|
with Vice Ganda