Fans love Maja Salvador not only for her talent in acting but also for her lovable, fun, and charming personality. She is one of the few ABS-CBN artists that can conquer it all - acting, singing, dancing, and even hosting. Being witty and naturally engaging, this superstar is definitely a name that stands out in the industry.
As a successful celebrity alongside fellow Kapamilya personalities such as Kim Chiu, Bea Alonzo, Janella Salvador, and Toni Gonzaga, whenever Maja has a project she instantly becomes the talk of the town. Get to know the actress and her journey to how she achieved her acclaimed career.
Profile summary and career
- Name: Maja Ross Andres Salvador
- Age: 31 years old
- Birthday: October 05, 1988
- Hometown: Aparri, Cagayan
- Zodiac sign: Libra
- Height: 5'4"
- Profession: Actress, singer, dancer, model, host
- Mother: Thelma Andres
- Father: Ross Rival
- Instagram: @iammajasalvador
Before entering the world of showbusiness, Maja was faced with the hardships of coming from a broken family. As her parents were separated, she and her mother moved to Appari, Cagayan. She was only seven years old at the time and when she last saw her father.
It was seven years later that she appeared on an on-air reunion with her father on the show The Buzz, thanks to the help of Chit Ramos, an entertainment writer at the time and now Maja's manager.
It was looking for her father that essentially gave the actress her chance to stardom. Former ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio saw potential in the young Maja when she watched her on the show and called to arrange a meeting. This was the star's golden opportunity in the acting industry and she soon made her appearance on screen when she was just 15 years old.
Maja Salvador movies and TV shows
Standing at only five feet four inches tall, Maja Salvador height proves that great things come in small packages. Of her generation, she is considered one of the finest actresses. Her TV debut was playing the character Cara, a minor role in the TV drama series It Might Be You (2003) starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.
As her performance was well-received by both the audience and critics, this became her first stepping stone to achieve her dreams. In 2004 until 2005, she had the opportunity to appear on the fantasy-horror scene in the series Spirits.
She filled the role of the classic school overachiever, who was a mortal in a world of immortals and elemental. Aside from that, the actress starred in several episodes of the longest-running Filipino drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya, from 2004 to 2010.
However, Maja's big break arrived at her film debut when she played the character Joya in the 2006 horror-thriller film Sukob. The movie ended up being one of the highest-grossing films at the time and gave the actress the recognition of Best New Actress of the Year (Golden Screen Awards and PMPC Star Awards for Movies)
In 2011, Maja wowed the public with her title performance in the drama-family indie film, Thelma, which she co-produced. For her role, the Kapamilya star immersed herself in the training and exercises of a runner for six weeks. Her dedication and hard work paid off when she won the Movie Actress of the Year at the Luna Awards and the Gawad Urian Best Actress.
Her other roles in the acting industry include:
- First Day High (2006)
- Sa Piling Mo (2006)
- Love Spell (2006-2007)
- Komiks (2006-2007)
- My Kuya's Wedding (2007)
- Your Song (2006-2007)
- One More Chance (2007)
- Pangarap na Bituin (2007)
- Kapag Ako Ay Nagmahal (2008)
- Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (2008)
- Kapitan Boom (2008)
- Nagsimula sa Puso (2009)
- Shake, Rattle, & Roll XI (2009)
- Moon River (2009)
- May Bukas Pa (2009-2010)
- Impostor (2010)
- Father Jejemon (2010)
- Kim (2011)
- Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (2011)
- My Binondo Girl (2011-2012)
- My Cactus Heart (2012)
- Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (2012)
- Toda Max (2012)
- 24/7 In Love (2012)
- Status: It's Complicated (2013)
- Ina, Kapatid, Anak (2012-2013)
- The Legal Wife (2014)
- You're Still the One (2015)
- Bridges of Love (2015)
- Ang Tatay Kong Sexy (2016)
- I'm Drunk, I Love You (2017)
- To Love Some Buddy (2018)
- Ang Probinsyano (2015-2019)
- Wildflower (2018)
- The Killer Bride (2019)
Most iconic roles
In her 16 years as an actress, Maja's most memorable roles include her performance as Nicole, the strong-willed and devoted mistress in the primetime series The Legal Wife. Her and co-actress Angel Locsin's explosive exchanges on the show have become iconic across social media and the public altogether.
The superstar is also well-recognized in her role as Ivy Aguas in the Kapamilya primetime TV series Wildflower. Maja shined when she showed the world her wild side as she played the fierce and equally passive-aggressive Ivy.
The actress made the show her own as she gave the audience the wild vibe that the show promised. In fact, her role as Ivy gained Maja a Best Actress Award at the 1st Asia Contents Awards by Busan International Film Festival in October 2019.
Meanwhile, this 2019, Maja is known for another cold-blooded role in a once again ABS-CBN primetime series titled The Killer Bride. As dark secrets begin to unfold, Maja's character, Camila Dela Torre, is found at the center of the mysterious events.
With the Maja Salvador birthday being on October 05, 1988, that officially makes her 31 years old this 2019. Her steady career and equivalent success show no sign of the actress stopping any time soon.
Electrifying dancing skills
When it comes to the Maja Salvador age, the actress is already in her '30's. However, her glow as an all-around performer has not dulled one bit. Having practiced and trained as a talent of ABS-CBN's Star Magic, Maja is regarded as a princess of the dance floor. As the Dance Princess of the Philippines, she has jaw-dropping performances on the musical-variety show ASAP that often go viral.
In May 2019, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) gave Maja the title of dance ambassador. She was also one of the judges in the show World of Dance Philippines alongside 'Mr. Pure Energy' Gary Valenciano and Billy Crawford.
Dabbling in singing
Acting, dancing, modelling, and even singing- this multi-talented artist has had the opportunity to release two albums titled Believe (2014) and Maja- In Love (2015), with both containing eight songs each.
The following are her song titles and singles:
- Wala na Bang Pag-Ibig
- Buong Gabi
- Kilig (Instrumental)
- Dahan-Dahan (Instrumental)
- Maja- In Love
- Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig
- Nakawin ang Sandali
- Gaano Kalayo
- Love Me, Kill Me
- Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig (Club mix)
- Bakit Ganito Ang Pag-Ibig (Instrumental)
- Singles and EPs
- Huling Gabi (2017- from the movie I'm Drunk, I Love You)
- Haplos (2016)
- Falling Into You (Maja with Tor Saksit, 2018)
Parents, family, and friends
The 'Salvador' name holds a notable air in showbusiness. Maja's grandfather, master showman Lou Salvador, was one of the first talents of the Salvador clan. He allegedly has 86 children in total and most from his bloodline entered the entertainment industry.
One of his children is former actor Ross Rival, who is Maja's father. Meanwhile, Maja's mom is Thelma Andres. The Kapamilya superstar is from a broken family wherein before her father passed away in 2007 from prostate cancer, her parents were already separated.
In December 2016, Maja's widowed mother got remarried to her Canadian partner, Roy Linklater. As for the names of Maja Salvador siblings, she has several half-siblings due to her parent's various relationships. However, her most known half-siblings are Jon Hernandez, Luchi Salvador-Joson, and Sahara Shyla G. Salvador.
As for the rest of Maja's star-studded clan, they are Philip Salvador (Uncle), Lou Salvador Jr. (Uncle), Leroy Salvador (Uncle), Jobelle Salvador (first cousin), and Janella Salvador (a distant relative) to name some. Despite the situation of Maja Salvador parents, she maintains a good relationship with her half-siblings and other family members.
Maja Salvador best friends and close relationships
Maja, with her bright and bubbly personality, has lots of friends whether from the non-showbiz world or from the industry. One notable star that she is close with is actress and comedian Kakai Bautista. The two share a very close relationship that they have this tradition of spending New Year's with each other, as Kakai shares on an Instagram post.
However, Maja's most well-known and controversial friendship is with fellow actress Kim Chiu. The two, who starred on the show Ina, Kapatid, Anak together, were best friends. Unfortunately, because of Maja's connection with Gerald Anderson plus their confirmed relationship afterward, Kim and Maja ceased to be friends.
Gerald was Kim's on-screen and real-life boyfriend at the time, which is why the Maja and Kim were no longer on speaking terms after their dating news broke out in 2013. Eventually, Maja and Gerald broke up and the actress reached out to Kim.
In 2015, the pair were once again friendly with each other but not quite like what they had before. As years passed, the two continued to restore their friendship. This 2019, the industry welcomes a new Kim and Maja, a deeper friendship that is full of love.
Relationships and love life
The star's most known relationships were with actors Gerald Anderson when they briefly dated from 2013-2015 and Matteo Guidecelli (2010-2012). It is also said that she and Carlo Aquino shared a spark from 2007-2009.
However, Maja is now happily in love with her present and non-showbiz boyfriend, Rambo Nunez, who she already broke up with in the past. The pair dated for three months in 2010 but the actress chose to focus on her priorities. Now in 2019, they're stronger than ever.
The reignited flame of romance was rekindled in 2018 when they met by chance. At first, Maja was reluctant as she personally believes that an ex-boyfriend's place only in the past. However, Maja considered that maybe the strong feelings she felt in those three months deserved a second chance.
Although Rambo is not the Maja Salvador husband (yet), the public is happy to see the pair enjoying each other's company as boyfriend-girlfriends.
How much is she worth?
With her success, many people are left wondering what is the Maja Salvador net worth. Looking at the major achievements of the actress, her whole career points to being well-recognized and naturally, a big number. According to reports, Maja's estimated net worth for 2019 is in the range of $100,000 to $1 million.
Although not much is known about her exact salary and even investments, there is no doubt that as her popularity rises, so will her assets in the upcoming years.
Maja Salvador stands tall as one of the top actresses and performers in the industry. As a multi-talented star plus her distinct beauty, she is loved and admired by many. As she continues to shake the acting industry with her powerful portrayal of characters, who knows just what this superstar achieve next.