Gabriela Annjane U. Cruz, also known as Ella Cruz as her screen name and was born on August 17, 1996 in Angat, Bulacan, Philippines, is a Filipina child actress. She has one brother and two sisters. She is currently a Third year student at Colegio de Sta. Monica de Angat, a Catholic school in Bulacan where she also attended her grade school.
At a very young age (toddler days, in fact), Gabriela Annjane U. Cruz, more known to her beloved fans as Ella Cruz (Or Iela to her relatives and close friends), have never been afraid nor shy of the flickering flashes of the camera. In fact, at the age of two, she was always their family’s front liner when it comes to producing home movies.
Prior to her well-known participation in Eat Bulaga’s Little Miss Philippines, Ella, along with her cousins and her older sister loved to sing as well as dance during various family events, holidays. This was also due to overwhelming requests not only from Ella’s family but also from other acquaintances who grew fond of Ella’s wit and certain panache.
Though she didn’t win at the semifinals of Little Miss Philippines, thanks to her charm and sensitivity, she was still able to win the hearts of many televiewers as well as the staff of Eat Bulaga, who later placed her and her sister at Nadine Samonte and Oyo Boy Sotto’s afternoon teleserye, “Ikaw Sa Puso Ko” as one of the orphans where Nadine’s character stays. After her random and various appearances at TV, she participated at Dunkin Donut’s annual pageant for young boys and girls, where she won not only in their district, nor in the entire province of Bulacan, but also in the entire nationwide search as well.
Ella Cruz’ made a bang during the years 2006 and 2007, wherein she gained bigger roles such as (in no particular order) the young “Sabina” at GMA7’s Majika, the young Elisa at Atlantika and of course, who can forget her two lead roles during those years, one as Ella in Now and Forever: Dangal and the one that made her really famous, Tin-Tin at GMA7’s Super Twins.
It was also within the years of 2006-2005 when Ella landed four consecutive movie roles, one as Aiza at the movie “Paraiso: Tatlong Kuwento Ng Pag-Asa”, young “Andrea” at the movie, “The Promise, Kerubina at the movie Angels, and last but not the least, “Kiara” at the well-acclaimed movie, Resiklo, where she also won Best Child Actress in the 56th Famas.
Subsequent to her Marimar project at GMA7, she then transferred to ABS-CBN, with her Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pulang Panyo as her very first project in the said station. She then joined the gang of “Going Bulilit”, wherein she stayed for nearly two years, along with other random appearances at MMK and Only You, wherein she played as Andrea, the younger sister of Angel Locsin.
Ella became a freelance artist, and went back to the Kapuso network, with her role as Jenny at “Panday Kids as her major comeback role. At 2009, Ella became one of the hosts in QTV 11/GMA 7’s Tropang Potchi which airs every Saturday 11:30 PM and she’s also one of the front-liners in TV5’s Inday Wanda, which frequently airs every Monday 8:00PM. Apart from the aforementioned shows, Ella also appears at various shows at TV5, GMA7 and ABS-CBN, which is obviously the benefit of being a freelance talent.
Ella also appeared at TV5’s Face To Face: Untold Stories as Assunta DeRossi’s daughter, and at Maalaala Mo Kaya’s episode last September 11, 2010 entitled “Videoke, which is her first starring role after approximately three years since “Pulang Panyo”. Ella’s MMK episode last September 11, 2010 merely proved to everyone that she is still and definitely one of the most promising actresses of today. She also became Czarina at GMA 7’s “Ilumina” and Britney at the remake of “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin”.
After being a freelance artist, and appearing from one TV show, from one network to another, Ella has decided to settle in to only one network. Ella Cruz recently signed up as an exclusive actress in ABS-CBN, which means that you’ll probably see her frequently in ABS-CBN. And early this year, Ella Cruz will sign an exclusive contract with Star Magic as well.
You’ve seen her at Wansapanataym’s “Somewhere Over The Bahaghari” and recently in “Dahil Sa Pagibig” as the teen Jasmin. That’s just the beginning… there’s a lot in store for Ella Cruz this 2012. So you better watch out because you’re in for a major ride! :)