Nadine Lustre has a career that's covered television, music, and even the beauty industry, but her work in film made her one of the most bankable celebrities today.
Being one half of the insanely popular love team, JaDine, with real-life boyfriend James Reid, Nadine has had an interesting road to stardom. Here's a look at her filmography—her beginnings, her meteoric rise to fame, and her upcoming solo projects.
Rise To Stardom
Nadine started out as a dreamer waiting for her shot at fame. Her ticket to stardom was a long and grueling process that involved a combination of hard work, determination, and right timing.
Nadine started out as a young television host at the age of 9 on the children-oriented show, Storyland, before transitioning into a teen girl group Pop Girls, launched by Viva Entertainment in 2009. It was in 2010 when she was given supporting roles that were a good starting point for what will be a fruitful career ahead.
In 2010, Nadine played the role of Dina, a young secretary who endured the verbal tyranny of her boss in Vice Ganda's first starring film, the modern-day remake of Petrang Kabayo, portrayed in the past by Roderick Paulate. Not long after, she also played the role of a secretary named Marian to Anne Curtis in the comedy film, Who's That Girl? She also took on support roles in 2013 films The Fighting Chefs and When The Love Is Gone.
First Main Role
In 2014, a new pair had been introduced by Viva Entertainment. The Andoy Ranay-directed Diary Ng Panget (DNP), adapted from a popular Wattpad love series introduced Nadine as Eya, a pimpled but fierce and fun-loving working student who was trying to make ends meet by serving as a personal maid to Cross, played by her new love team partner James. James had just gotten out from his career hiatus following his stint at the ABS-CBN reality show, Pinoy Big Brother.
But the freshness of their pairing proved to be gem for Viva Films as the movie scored big at the box office, earning over P120 million after its release. The movie may have received mixed reviews from movie critics but it brought out Nadine's charisma and comedic chops to the fore, not to mention the pair's unmistakable chemistry that saw the birth of the love team, JaDine.
Second Starring Movie
A mere four months after the success of DNP, Nadine returned to the big screen with James in another Wattpad adaptation, Talk Back And You're Dead (TBYD). This time, they were joined by another young actor, Joseph Marco, in a story about young love and the perils that come with it. Nadine starred as Samantha Perez, a feisty young woman who catches the attention of Top Pendleton (James)—the leader of a group of high school thugs called the Lucky 13. Top will not only fight for the affection of Samantha, but also the approval of their warring families.
It managed to score big in the box office, raking in P30 million in its first three days. After-credit clips seen at the end of the film suggested that a sequel was to be expected. However, its production team and stars kept mum about the movie being shelved as JaDine rose to stardom.
Acting And Music Awards
For Nadine and James, their success is not only limited to movie ticket sales but to music as well. Nadine tested her record-making prowess with hits like "No Erase" for DNP and "Bahala Na" from TBYD.
In 2015, the pair was awarded Most Popular Loveteam In Movies And TV at the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Box-Office Entertainment Awards. Nadine was also the recipient of the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award at the 2015 FAMAS Awards.
Nadine also won at the MOR Pinoy Music Awards for Best Collaboration for the theme song of DNP and was even nominated as Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Teen Roles Ahead
With her rise as one of the most sought-after young leading ladies of her generation, Nadine continued on taking on roles that banked on her chemistry with James. In 2015, Nadine starred in another romantic comedy adapted from a best-selling book, Para Sa Hopeless Romantic. In this Viva Films and Star Cinema collaboration, JaDine was joined by then-up and coming young actors Julia Barretto and Inigo Pascual in a bittersweet love story between Becca (Nadine) and Nikko (James). The sincerity of Nadine's portrayal as a forlorn young woman looking to move past her heartache caught the attention of critics.
As the pair cemented their solid following as a love team, they tested their fame in a Metro Manila Film Festival entry with box-office regular, Vice Ganda and Coco Martin in the 2015 slapstick comedy, Beauty And The Bestie.
Nadine played the role of Abi, the younger sister of Erika (Vice), who, by a weird twist of fate, had to leave home for the sake of saving their family and the entire nation. Amidst the chaos and the tangled web of deception the lead characters had to go through to save the country from potential harm, Abi meets with Tristan (James) and falls in love with him. The movie turned out to be a big success, raking in over P500 million at the box office. It was then hailed as the third highest grossing movie of all time, and the last film shot by director Wenn Deramas before his untimely death.
The following year, the two starred in another romantic film, This Time. Nadine played the role of Ava, a barrio lass who turns out to harbor feelings for her friend, Coby (James), whom she only gets to spend time with every summer. This friendship blossomed into a long-overdue romance, but complications arise when the two have conflicts in putting a label on their relationship.
The movie reportedly earned P15 million on the first day of screening and later on collected over P100 million in box office earnings.
#TeamReal On The Big Screen
After their two-year absence in cinemas and focusing on their television careers, JaDine returned to the big screen in 2018 with Never Not Love You (NNLY), from acclaimed box office director Antoinette Jadaone. While the film garnered critical and box-office success, it was not one free from controversies. Long after Nadine and James were dragged into a whole "live-in" controversy, the film boldly discusses and depicts the concept of young couples living together before marriage.
The filming of NNLY was also riddled with controversies as the love team faced accusations of causing delays in filming. A blog post written by Antoinette, who served as the film's writer, director, and producer, caused many to speculate the disappointment from the film's production crew on shoot days that were packed up due to the pair's absence. Nadine bravely addressed the issues, declaring her declining health as the reason for the multiple times the filming had to be halted for her recovery.
In the end, the movie enjoyed a well-received cinema run, getting rave reviews for the director and its actors and box office earnings of almost P100 million.
Nadine On Her Own
After enjoying multiple films with her onscreen and real-life partner James, Nadine is set out to be conquer the big screen on her own. Recently, filming for the upcoming project Ulan has already been getting online attention.
Written and directed by Irene Villamor (Meet Me In St. Gallen and Sid & Aya: Not A Love Story, Ulan) initially cast Xiam Lim and Marco Gumabao alongside Nadine, but recent info on the film has shown Carlo Aquino taking over the role that was meant for Xian.
Nadine is also slated to appear in the dance musical film, Indak, which is a project with Sam Concepcion, under the direction of Paul Basinillo. Nadine, understanding the demands of the dance-heavy film, has reportedly started her dance training. She said, "We requested for training especially me, medyo matagal na din po akong hindi sumasayaw."
With all of these projects away from her real-life boyfriend, the two are set to appear in the upcoming remake of the Filipino classic super hero flick, Pedro Penduko with James taking the titular role and Nadine appearing as Maria Makiling.
We are excited, Nadine!