This is the comparison made by Juicy! host Shalala to his co-host Alex Gonzaga during one of the episodes of the TV5’s late night showbiz talk show. But kidding aside, the comparison is legit because Alex is now making a name for herself since she started her hosting stint on TV5 in as early as 2008.
Alex Gonzaga, born Catherine Cruz Gonzaga on January 16, 1988, was first known as the young sister of the Multimedia Star Toni Gonzaga.
Her first television appearance was on ABS-CBN’s youth oriented program “Let’s Go” where she played the role of “Alex.” It was followed by more shows like “Go Kada Go,” “Pangarap na Bituin,” “Tiny Tony,” and two episodes of the weekly drama anthology “Your Song.”
However, it was her role as Christine in the primetime teleserye “My Girl” that started to catch the televiewers’ attention to Alex’s capability as an actress. Although she only played a supporting role to Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson in the said series, it opened the door for Alex to not just be known as Toni Gonzaga’s younger sister but to start a name for herself.
In 2008, Alex Gonzaga‘s hosting skills were showcased when ABC-5 (now TV5) acquired her service to host their showbiz talk show Juicy! She was later joined by IC Mendoza and now with Cristy Fermin, Mo Twister and Shalala.
Aside from hosting Juicy!, Alex also did comedy on TV5 via the shows “Lokomoko High” and “Everybody Hapi.” She also became one of the hosts of the Sunday musical variety show “P05” and the co-host for “Big Shot Jackpot.”
In 2010, Alex was paired with Kean Cipriano in the weekly rom-com “BFGF.” She also continued doing comedy via “Lokomoko U.”
But it was her title role in “Babaeng Hampaslupa” earlier this year that made Alex the “rising star” of the Kapatid Network. In the heavy drama primetime series, Alex came full circle as she reveals that she’s not only good for hosting and comedy shows but also in drama as well. It was her role as Grace Mallari/Elizabeth Wong in “Babaeng Hampaslupa” that she was being dubbed as the Marian Rivera of TV5.
As she gains more followers, Alex is now ready to conquer the big screen as she signed a movie contract with Viva Films. Her first movie is going to be helmed by no less than the box-office director Wenn Deramas and it’s going to be a romantic comedy.
Another proof that Alex’s fan base is getting stronger and stronger is the fact that she was voted into the Top 20 of Starmometer’s online poll for this year’s “100 Most Beautiful Women in the Philippines.”
Check out her thank you message for the fans who voted for her in the Top 20:
As the pioneer artist of TV5, Alex has a new primetime series beginning this Monday, November 21, titled “PS I Love You.” The new teleserye is a continuation of Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion‘s 1981 blockbuster hit movie of the same title. Alex will play the role of Andrea, the daughter of Sharon Cuneta‘s character–Kristine–which is now being portrayed by Dina Bonnevie.
Meanwhile, Alex is also taking Humanities with Special Education in spite of her busy schedule. She’s now finishing her last semester for graduation.
Next year, there will be no stopping Alex Gonzaga. She’s definitely one of the stars to watch for. And to sum it up, she’s no longer known as “Toni Gonzaga’s little sister.” She’s Alex Gonzaga, the rising star and TV5’s best bet for 2012.