Liza Soberano (born Hope Elizabeth Soberano; January 4, 1998) is a Filipino-American actress and model. She started in a range of television series and films, including Wansapanataym (2011), Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo (2012), She's the One (2013), Must Be... Love (2013). She is known for playing the protagonist Maria Agnes Calay in the hit romantic comedy television series Forevermore (2014–15). Since then, she has taken on starring roles in the films Just The Way You Are, based on the Wattpad book, The Bet, and Everyday I Love You (both 2015). In 2016, she stars as Serena Marchesa in the television series Dolce Amore.
Soberano was born in Santa Clara, California to a Filipino father, John Castillo Soberano, and an American mother, Jacqulyn Elizabeth Hanley. She was raised in Visalia, California by her paternal grandparents when her parents separated. In 2008 at the age of 10, she moved to Manila, Philippines to live with her father and relatives.
At age 12, after moving to Manila she was offered jobs to model for print ads. At the age 13 a talent scout spotted her and was introduced to Ogie Diaz, who is her current talent manager. Since she could not speak Filipino at the time, her talent manager encouraged her to become fluent in the language so that she can land good television and film projects.
Soberano made her acting début in the fantasy-drama, comedy anthology Wansapanataym (2011). She then had a minor role as Claire Raymundo in the defunct afternoon series Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo (2012). Soberano then played the role of Angel in Must Be... Love, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo's premier movie. In 2013, she also starred as Gillian in She's the One with Bea Alonzo, Dingdong Dantes and Enrique Gil. A year later in 2014, she joined the primetime television series Got to Believe as Padilla's other love interest.
Soberano received her first leading role in the romantic comedy television series Forevermore (2014) as strawberry farmer Maria Agnes Calay alongside Enrique Gil, who played Alexander "Xander" Grande III, a hotel company heir who eventually becomes Agnes' love interest. The popularity of Soberano and Gil's pairing as a "love team" with was considered by Star Cinema and ABS-CBN as the "Breakthrough Love Team of 2015" on Philippine primetime television.
Following the success of Forevermore, Soberano starred in the film based on the Wattpad book The Bet. The film adaptation, initially titled as the same name as its source material, and was renamed as Just The Way You Are (2015). In October 2015, the popular love team featuring Soberano and Gil starred in a romantic drama film with actor Gerald Anderson, Everyday, I Love You, directed by Mae Czarina Cruz-Alviar.
In February 2016, Soberano starred in the romantic comedy melodrama series Dolce Amore. She portrays Serena Marchesa, a young girl raised in Italy by her adoptive parents. Though she lives a good life, she cannot shake off the feeling that an important part of her identity seems to be missing.
In August 2016, it was announced that Soberano is signed as the new face of Maybelline.
In the media
Since the rise of her career after the television series Forevermore, Soberano has been hailed as one of the most beautiful actresses in the Philippines, adored by fans and celebrities alike. International Dubai-based couture designer Michael Cinco who then wasn't familiar with Soberano nor her works remarked about her beauty on his Instagram account upon seeing her photo, while noted fashion and celebrity photographer Mark Nicdao dubbed Soberano as "The New Paraluman" on a post on his twitter account, giving nod to the great Filipina actress Paraluman, who during her prime was noted for her beauty. Paraluman is an archaic Tagalog word meaning “goddess”, in the sense of being a very beautiful woman, mostly used by early 19th century Filipino poets.
In August 2015, she was included in The Philippine Star Lifestyle "29 Most Bright & Beautiful" list as its 29th anniversary with an exhibit honoring 29 power women, alongside with power brokers, retail royalty, media mavens, stylist and women in the headlines.
Despite being a relative newcomer to the industry, Soberano has been described by critics as a talented actress. Soberano's performance in the movie Everyday, I Love You received positive reviews from the critics; Peter P. Asilo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer said: "The gorgeously photographed film’s biggest thespic draw is its leading lady: Soberano’s acting choices may need more texture and refinement—but, at only 17, lovely Liza is quickly coming into her own as a fine actress!" Mario Bautista a columnist, said: "We'll have no reservations in declaring that the prettiest, most refreshing, most captivating young actress at the Kapamilya camp today is Liza Soberano. She proves this in “Everyday I Love You”. Beautiful from any angle, she also acts competently, doing both her madcap as well as her dramatic scenes quite convincingly. As one viewer said: The tears just well up from her eyes naturally." "it’s Liza who really stands out in the movie. The camera just loves her and she doesn’t make any false move, whether she’s clowning around or getting to be so emotional. She has an endearing screen presence and palpable charisma that gives her all the K (karapatan) (right) to be considered as ABS-CBN’s next big star. Only 17 years old, she still has a long way to go in her life and career." while Abby Mendoza of Pep.ph, regarding her performance, said: "it is Liza Soberano who particularly stands out—which isn’t to harp on her beautiful face on screen. She is a natural who displays the right restraint, pleasing to watch all the more since she doesn’t try too hard."
|2013||Must Be... Love||Angel Gomez||Film debut|
|2013||She's the One||Gillian|
|2015||Just The Way You Are||Sophia Taylor|
|2015||Everyday I Love You||Audrey Locsin|
|2011||Wansapanataym||Mac||Episode: "Mac Ulit-Ulit"|
|2012||Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo||Claire Raymundo||Credited as Hope Soberano|
|2012||Maalaala Mo Kaya||young Gladys||Episode: "Singsing"|
|2013||Wansapanataym||Dahlia||Episode: "Flores De Yayo"|
|2013||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Una||Episode: "Box"|
|2013||Luv U||Pia||Guest cast|
|2013–14||Got to Believe||Alexa "Alex" Rodrigo||Main cast, additional|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Aileen||Episode: "Orasan"|
|2014–15||Forevermore||Maria Agnes Calay||First lead role|
|2016||Dolce Amore||Serena Marchesa / Monica Urtola||Main role|
|2015||"Thank You For The Love"||with Enrique Gil, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Bamboo, and Elha Nympha|
Awards and nominations
|2013||27th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Female New TV Personality||Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo||Nominated|
|2014||30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies||New Movie Actress of the Year||Must Be... Love||Nominated|
|2014||ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards||Pop Female Cutie||Nominated|
|2014||46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Promising Female Star of the Year||Forevermore||Won|
|2015||2nd Pep List Choice Awards||Breakout Star of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Best PEPTalk Episode||Nominated|
|2015||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||29th PMPC Star Awards for Television||German Moreno's Power Tandem Award (shared with Enrique Gil)||Won|
|2015||Push Awards||PushLike Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||Awesome Selfie Queen||Nominated|
|2015||PushTweet Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||PushGram Most Loved Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||PushPlay Best Female Celebrity||Won|
|2015||PushElite Female Celebrity of the Year||Won|
|2015||ASAP Pop Teen Choice Awards||Pop Teen Sweetheart||Nominated|
|2015||Pop Teen Social Media Star||Won|
|2015||Pop Teen Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||Pop Teen Fans Club (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||28th Aliw Awards||Best Female Performer in Mall Shows||Nominated|
|2015||ALTA Media Icon Awards||Best Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||Won|
|2015||RAWR Awards||Trending Love Team of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||Celebrity of the Year (Female)||Nominated|
|2015||Fan Club of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2015||Anak TV Seal Awards||Makabata Star Awardee||Included|
|2016||47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Love Team of Movies and TV (shared with Enrique Gil)||Forevermore, Just The Way You Are, Everyday I Love You||Won|
|2016||32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies||Movie Love Team of the Year (Special Award) (shared with Enrique Gil)||Everyday I Love You||Nominated|
|2016||3rd Pep List Choice Awards||Female Movie Star of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||Nominated|
|2016||Female Teen Star of the Year||Nominated|
|2016||6th EdukCircle Awards||Best Drama Actress of the Year||Dolce Amore||Nominated|
|2016||Most Influential Love Team of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||Pending|
|2016||10 Most Influential Celebrity Endorsers of the Year||Pending|