Sanya Lopez is definitely one of GMA-7's most sought-after leading ladies. With a slew of headlining series in the past few years, the rising actress is proving that her slow but steady climb to fame is worth the wait.
To know more about the Kapuso network's prized talent, here are 10 things you need to know about Sanya Lopez:
1. Sanya Lopez's birthday is on August 9, 1996!
Check out the 24-year-old actress' birthday post last year when she had a simple celebration at home with her family:
Yup, Lopez is just a screen name! Sanya's real last name is actually Roberto.
3. She also has a brother in showbiz, Jak Roberto!
Sanya's brother is fellow Kapuso star Jak Roberto who's three years older than her. They're super-close and even call themselves the "bida-bida sibs." So, are you wondering why they don't use the same last names onscreen? Well, it has to do with some ~superstition~. In an episode of Sarap 'Di Ba? in 2019, Sanya shared, "Dito sa showbiz, meron silang paniniwala na kapag magkapatid sa showbiz, medyo nagkakahilahan pababa. Nag-decide sila na yung isa i-Lopez na lang natin."
Sanya's ongoing series is First Yaya. She stars alongside Gabby Concepcion and was actually the replacement of Marian Rivera when she backed out from the project in 2020. Looks like stars aligned for her 'cause First Yaya is actually the highest rating primetime show right now!
Sanya recently launched her newest project and it's the action-adventure series co-starring Senator Bong Revilla, titled Agimat Ng Agila.
Sanya has never shied from saying to the public that she's NBSB (or No Boyfriend Since Birth). Getting into a relationship is not Sanya's priority right now—her career is. In an interview in April 2021, Sanya said, "Hindi ko po siya hinahanap at hindi ko rin po inaantay. Kasi, alam ko, ita-timing ni Lord 'yon para sa akin."
6. She's the official "third wheel" of Jak and his GF Barbie Forteza.
Sanya is a constant presence in her brother Jak's relationship with fellow Kapuso star Barbie Forteza. In fact, she's gone with them on several trips abroad: to Hong Kong and Japan! Before their trip to Osaka in 2019, Sanya told the press how comfortable she feels when she's with them and how she has a good relationship with Barbie: "Ang maganda rin po sa kanila, hindi ako nao-OP. Okay si Barbie na makisama. Okay si Barbie sa akin. Wala siyang ginagawang masama at magaan ang loob ko sa kanya."
In an interview with PEP.ph in 2019, Sanya was asked to describe herself as an actress and said she's an absolute perfectionist, "Siguro sobrang dedicated lang talaga ako. Naka-focus ako lagi sa trabaho ko. Kumbaga masyado akong perfectionist minsan pagdating sa trabaho. Minsan nafu-frustrate ako kapag hindi ko naibibigay, yung feeling ko, kulang, or nakukulangan ako. Kaya medyo perfectionist ako, e. Medyo problem ko 'yon minsan, pero pinipilit ko i-conquer."
In a recent interview, Agimat Ng Aguila director Rico Gutierrez shared the same sentiments about Sanya being a perfectionist and even praised her for it: "Alam agad ni Sanya ang mga linya niya. Perfectionist. Madaling katrabaho."
8. She was discovered by the late German Moreno.
It was in 2012 when Sanya finally paid a visit to her brother Jak perform on Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman. While seated in the audience area, German Moreno aka Kuya Germs randomly sat down beside her and found out she was Jak's little sister. "Magkatabi kami sa upuan ni Kuya Germs, tapos tinitingnan niya ako," she told PEP.ph in an interview in 2020. "Tapos nung break time, pinakilala ako ni kuya, 'Kapatid ka pala ni Jak, hindi ka man lang nagpakilala sa akin.' Parang nahiya ako."
He then asked her if she wanted to become an artista and she readily said yes—even if her priorities at that time were her studies. She was only 14 years old then and after taking a liking on her, Kuya Germs personally introduced her to GMA executives until she landed some guestings and auditions.
9. Sanya got her big break in 2016.
Sanya started out as an extra in several shows and didn't have many great experiences at that time. "May na-experience kasi akong hindi maganda na ginawa sa akin dati noong extra ako," she told PEP.ph in 2019. "May mga pinagtatawanan ako, pinalabas ako sa tent...sa init ng araw, tanghaling tapat doon ako sa labas...kahit naman nasa tent ako, walang aircon. Okay lang naman."
But it was in 2016 when everything changed for Sanya. She was cast in the reboot of the beloved fantasy series Encantadia as the protector of the earth gem, Danaya. Starring alongside Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, and Glaiza De Castro, Sanya was the only newbie in the main cast of Sang'gres. "Ito yung unang binigay sa akin na malaki yung role," she said in an interview. "Ito pa yung tumatak sa tao na fantasy. Before, fan din ako ni Danaya, na ngayon ginagampanan ko na."
10. Sanya has a YouTube channel!
You can catch more Sanya content (usually fun vids with her Kuya Jak!) on her YouTube channel. In April, Sanya reached one million subscribers! Congrats! Check out her YouTube channel, Sanya Lopez, here.