|Born||Hope Elizabeth Soberano
(1998-01-04) January 4, 1998
Santa Clara, California, U.S.
|Agent||Star Magic (2011–present)|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
Hope Elizabeth “Liza” Hanley Soberano (/ˈlaɪzə/ LY-zə; born 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 rose to prominence after playing the protagonist Maria Agnes Calay in the romantic comedy television series Forevermore (2014–2015) with Enrique Gil. Since then, she has taken on starring roles with Gil in romantic comedy films Just The Way You Are, based on the Wattpad book The Bet, Everyday I Love You (both in 2015) and the television series Dolce Amore (2016). In 2017, she starred in the romantic comedy drama film My Ex and Whys, and is confirmed to star in Darna as the eponymous comic book superheroine.
Early and personal life
Hope Elizabeth 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 to live with her father and relatives.
Soberano and her brother, Justin David, became a Roman Catholic on July 24, 2015, having underwent Christian initiation rites. Soberano wanted to study a degree in psychology as her pre-law but due to her busy schedule, she studies an online business management course at Southville International School affiliated with Foreign Universities. Soberano still expressed interest in pursuing a course in psychology when she has the time. She is a citizen of both the United States and the Philippines.
At the age of 12, after moving to Manila, she was offered jobs to model for print ads. At the age of 13, a talent scout spotted her and was introduced to Ogie Diaz, who is her current talent manager. Since she could not speak Tagalog at the time, her talent manager encouraged her to become fluent in the language so she can land good television and film projects.
Soberano made her acting debut 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’s breakthrough came in when she received her first leading role in the hit 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 series’ finale had rating of 39.3%. The popularity of Soberano and Gil’s pairing as a “love team” known as LizQuen 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, Soberano and Gil then starred in a romantic drama film with actor Gerald Anderson, Everyday, I Love You, directed by Mae Czarina Cruz-Alviar.
2016–present: Rising popularity and success
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 2017, Soberano starred in the romantic comedy drama film My Ex and Whys opposite Enrique Gil. The film was directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, who had previously worked with them in Forevermore. The film was released in February 2017, grossing ₱31.5 million on its first day.
In May 2017, Soberano confirmed that she would star as Darna in Erik Matti‘s upcoming film adaptation, which is set to be released later in the year. Angel Locsin was initially tapped by Matti to play the role, but backed out following a back injury.
Due to her popularity she gained many endorsement deals and was named as 2017 most popular endorser of the year of Campaign Asia magazine. In July 2017, she was featured on Vogue‘s website where her stylist Perry Tabora talks about her fashion choices.
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 Instagram account, giving nod to the great Filipina actress Paraluman, who during her prime was noted for her beauty.
Often described by the media as “one of Philippine television’s most beautiful faces”, However Soberano said “I appreciated it, but sometimes that’s all they notice. I don’t want them to remember me because I’m pretty.” As for her, she wants to be recognized for her confidence and courage to take new roles in her career.
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 relatively newcomer to the industry, Soberano has been described by critics as a talented actress. Soberano’s performance in the film Everyday, I Love You received positive reviews from critics; Peter P. Asilo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer said: “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!” Columnist Mario Bautista said: “We’ll have no reservations in declaring that the prettiest, most refreshing, most captivating young actress.” “Beautiful from any angle, she also acts competently, doing both her madcap as well as her dramatic scenes quite convincingly.” “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.” 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||Feature film debut|
|2013||She’s The One||Gillian||Supporting role|
|2015||Just The Way You Are||Sophia Taylor||Lead role|
|2015||Everyday I Love You||Audrey Locsin||Lead role|
|2017||My Ex and Whys||Calixta “Cali” Ferrer||Lead role|
|2018||Darna||Darna / Narda||In pre-production|
|2010||Eat Bulaga!||Herself||Cameo as Barangay Audience|
|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|
|2013–2014||Got to Believe||Alexa “Alex” Rodrigo||Extended role / Antagonist|
|2014||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Aileen||Episode: “Orasan”|
|2014–2015||Forevermore||Maria Agnes Calay|
|2016||Dolce Amore||Serena Marchesa / Monica Urtola||Main role|
|2017||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Pia Wurtzbach||Episode: “Korona”|
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||N/A||Nominated|||
|2014||1st Pep List Choice Awards||Female Teen Star of the Year||N/A||Nominated|||
|2014||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2014||46th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Most Promising Female Star of the Year||Forevermore||Won|||
|2015||Candy Readers’ Choice Awards||Favorite Actress||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||Favorite Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||2nd Pep List Choice Awards||Breakout Star of the Year||N/A||Nominated|||
|2015||Best PEPTalk Episode||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||29th PMPC Star Awards for Television||German Moreno’s Power Tandem Award (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|||
|2015||Push Awards||PushLike Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|||
|2015||Awesome Selfie Queen||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||PushTweet Most Liked Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||PushGram Most Loved Group or Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||PushPlay Best Female Celebrity||N/A||Won|
|2015||PushElite Female Celebrity of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|2015||ASAP Pop Teen Choice Awards||Pop Teen Sweetheart||N/A||Nominated|||
|2015||Pop Teen Social Media Star||N/A||Won|
|2015||Pop Teen Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||Pop Teen Fans Club (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||28th Aliw Awards||Best Female Performer in Mall Shows||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||ALTA Media Icon Awards||Best Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|||
|2015||Anak TV Seal Awards||Makabata Star Awardee||N/A||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||Everyday I Love You||Nominated|||
|2016||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2016||Female Teen Star of the Year||N/A||Nominated|
|2016||6th EdukCircle Awards||Drama Actress of the Year||Dolce Amore||Nominated|
|2016||Most Influential Love Team of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2016||Most Influential Celebrity Endorser of the Year||N/A||Won|
|2016||ALTA Media Icon Awards||Most Influential Female TV Personality||Dolce Amore||Won|||
|2016||Best Actress (Film)||Everyday I Love You||Won|
|2016||TWBA: 1st Abundant Awards||Hottest Newsmaker (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|||
|2016||Most Kilig Revelation (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||30th PMPC Star Awards for Television||Best Drama Actress||Dolce Amore||Nominated|||
|2016||Push Awards||Push Ultimate Fan (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|||
|2016||10th Star Magic Ball||Best Dressed Female||N/A||Won|||
|2016||Anak TV Seal Awards||Makabata Star Awardee||N/A||Included|
|2016||3rd Star Cinema Awards||Favorite Loveteam of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||Favorite Fandom of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||Favorite Trending Sensation (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||ASAP Pop Teen Choice Awards||Pop Social Media Star||N/A||Won|||
|2016||Pop Fans Club (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||Pop Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2016||RAWR Awards||Favorite Actress of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|2016||Popular Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||Fan Club of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2016||2nd Illumine Innovation Awards for Television||Most Innovative TV Actress||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2016||Most Innovative TV Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2017||3rd Aral Parangal Awards of the Young Educator’s Summit||Best Drama Actress||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2017||4th Paragala: The Central Luzon Media Awards||Best Television Actress||Dolce Amore||Won|||
|2017||4th Lyceum of the Philippines University UmalohokJuan Awards||Television Actress of the Year||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Pinoy Star||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Laurel Lyceans’ Choice Media Awards||Most Popular Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|
|2017||Most Influential Social Media Personality||N/A||Won|
|2017||Centro Escolar University Mass Communication Awards for Media and the Arts||Excellence Awardee in the Field of Entertainment TV||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2017||48th Box Office Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Loveteam of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Won|||
|2017||De La Salle University PARAGON||Best Female Endorser in Face of Advertising and Marketing Excellence||N/A||Won|
|2017||4th Pep List Choice Awards||Celebrity Pair of the Year (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Pending|
|2017||Female Teen Star of the Year||N/A||Pending|
|2017||7th EdukCircle Awards||Best Actress in Television Series||Dolce Amore||Nominated|
|2017||Best Actress – Single Drama Performance||Maalaala Mo Kaya: Korona||Nominated|
|2017||Most Influential Film Actress||My Ex and Whys||Won|
|2017||Most Influential Celebrity Endorsers||N/A||Won|
|2017||Most Influential Loveteam (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||Most Outstanding Teen Artist of the Year||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||Best Female Music Artist||Dolce Amore Soundtrack: “Spark”||Nominated|
|2017||1st Gawad Lasallianeta Awards||Most Effective Endorser||N/A||Won|
|2017||30th Awit Awards||Best Performance by a New Female Recording Artist||Dolce Amore Soundtrack: “Spark”||Pending|
|2017||3rd Aral Parangal Awards||Best Drama Actress||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2017||Most Powerful Endorser||N/A||Won|
|2017||Push Awards||Push Female Personality||N/A||Won|
|2017||Push Group/Tandem (shared with Enrique Gil)||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||Push Female TV Performance of the Year||Dolce Amore||Won|
|2017||Push Female Movie Performance of the Year||My Ex And Whys||Won|
|2017||11th Star Magic Ball||Couple of the Night (shared with Enrique Gil)||Won|
|2017||13th Comguild Media Awards||Most Loved Female Teen Endorser||Won|
|2017||ALTA Media Icon Awards||Best Love Team (shared with Enrique Gil)||Won|