Julia Francesca Barretto Baldivia, better known as Julia Barretto, is the 17-year-old daughter of comedian Dennis Padilla and former actress Marjorie Barretto. She is also the niece of two famous actresses, Claudine Barretto and Gretchen Barretto.
Julia is also one of the most sought after celebrity teen endorsers today. Some of her endorsements include Palmolive, Ponds, Cherifer, Modess, and SM Accessories.
She started her showbiz career in 2007 when she was just 10 years old. She first appeared in the Kapamilya teleserye Walang Kapalit, where she portrayed the younger version of Claudine Barretto’s character. She was then cast in the network’s action-drama series, Palos, starring Cesar Montano and Jake Cuenca.
After being launched as one of the members of Star Magic Circle 2013, the network started grooming Julia to become one of its most promising talents. She starred in two multi-episode presentations of Wansapanataym (Bokbok, Ang Batang Mapanubok and Petrang Paminta) and was given a stint in a Maalaala Mo Kaya Father’s Day special opposite James Blanco.
The network also started looking for materials to launch her as a television star. In 2013, the Kapamilya network announced in a press conference that Julia will be the lead star in an adaptation of Dominador Ad Castillo’s Cofradia. The story, which was made into films starring Gloria Romero (1953) and Gina Alajar (1973), is about a young woman with dark complexion. By lighting a miraculous candle, Confradia transforms into a beautiful lady.
However, the project was shelved due to criticisms over the material’s alleged racism. The network eventually announced that Julia will be launched in a new series, Mirabella. While inspired by Confradia, producer Dreamscape claims that the new material features an original story that is “equally exciting and equally beautiful.”
Mirabella is set to premier on March 24, 2014 on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida block. Also in the cast are Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, Pokwang, John Lapus, Mika dela Cruz, Mylene Dizon, Gloria Diaz and James Blanco.