Born Empressita Karen Schuck on February 19, 1993, Empress is a Filipina actress and commercial model who is currently a member of ABS-CBN’s Star Magic. Before she became a Star Magic artist, she first appeared on several GMA-7 shows such as Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw and Etheria.
She studied at Espiritu Santo Parochial School until the fifth grade and transferred to a different school the following year. She eventually enrolled in the home study program of the Angelicum College.
Born to a German father and a Filipina mother, Empress stated her showbiz career at a young age after being discovered by ABS-CBN when she was eight years old. When she was eleven years old, she appeared in Bida Si Mister, Bida Si Misis.
When she was nine years old, Empress made her first movie, 9 Mornings, where she won Best Child Actress at the FAMAS Awards in 2003. In the same year, she won the Most Popular Child Actress in the 2003 Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Her most recent films include Dalaw (2010), Amorosa (2012), Tuhog (2013), On the Job (2013) and Pagpag: Syam na Buhay (2013).
On television, she was last seen on the drama series Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala with Judy Ann Santos, KC Concepcion and Sam Milby. She also starred in several episodes of the longest-running drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya.