GMA Network's "Pambansang Bae" has become one of the most instantly recognizable actors working today, both by his appearance and his voice. The big actor started with small beginnings in beauty pageants and modelling stints. Over the years, he gained undeniable fame and prominence in local show business alongside on-screen partner Maine Mendoza.
Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr., known throughout his celebrity career as Alden Richards, is a television show host, actor, model, and a Diamond-awarded record artist. His first appearances under the spotlight include in the television series “Alakdana” (2011), “Tween Hearts” (2010), and in the afternoon variety show “Party Pilipinas” (2013), all under GMA Network.
In his current career as a pop music artist, he has released albums such as “Alden Richards” (2013), “Wish I May” (2015), and “Say It Again” (2016). “Wish I May” received a Diamond Record Award shortly after receiving an 8X Platinum Award given by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry.
- Name: Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr.
- Birthday: January 2, 1992 (age 27)
- Birth place: Quezon City, Philippines
- Nationality: Filipino
- Parents: Richard Peralta Faulkerson Sr. and Rosario Reyes
- Marital status: Single
- Height: 180cm (5’11”)
- Net worth: P346 million
Alden Richards early life
Alden was born on January 2, 1992 and was raised in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. Alden Richards age is 27 years. Alden finished high school education in Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima High School and pursued a college degree in Business Management at De La Salle Canlubang but did not finish due to the financial struggles of his family at the time.
During his childhood, Alden originally aspired to be a pilot but was encouraged by his late mother to pursue a career in modelling and acting instead. In support of his mother’s wish, his early works included winning local male beauty pageants and appearing in small commercials. His eager quest to make it to local TV encouraged Alden to audition for GMA’s reality talent search competition “StarStruck (2009)” but was rejected. Nevertheless, Alden persevered and worked hard to make it big in the local entertainment industry.
Under GMA Network, Alden was cast in his first TV lead role as “Joma” in an afternoon soap “Alakdana”, where he was paired with Louise de Los Reyes. His casting was soon followed by supporting roles in romance drama series "Tween Hearts" and its film adaptation. Alden also became a regular on the network's afternoon variety shows such as "Party Pilipinas" and "Sunday All Stars". His performances quickly earned wide recognition by audiences, and he was seen to become one of the network's sensational male artist.
Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza
In 2015, Alden was tapped to host “That’s My Bae”, a segment of the network’s long-running afternoon variety show “Eat Bulaga” (1979). In another segment of the show called “All for Juan, Juan for All” (where the hosts visited the towns of its less fortunate audiences), Alden was accidentally paired with co-host and online sensation Maine Mendoza, and the two gradually became a massive hit, earning the nickname “AlDub" (combination of “Alden” and “YayaDub”). The power couple soon spawned their mini-series on the show called “Kalyeserye”, where the two would participate in improvised acting, showing their courtship in the streets as “YayaDub” (Mendoza) and “Anselmo” (Richards). The series' primary focus is the love story of the pair, persistently opposed and forbidden from any physical contact by "Lola Nidora" (Wally Bayola).
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Is there an Alden Richards wife?
Alden Richards is currently not married. However, the pairing “AlDub” greatly affected both Alden’s acting and singing career. The success of his single “Wish I May” is directly attributed to the frequent playback of the song during the runtime of “Kalyeserye”, most notably along with his hit cover of Bryan White’s “God Gave Me You”. During the prominence of AlDub, Alden Richards songs started to play frequently on the local radios.
On the big screen, the “AlDub” couple was signed for two major films by M-Zet Productions, namely "My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More" (2015) and "Imagine You and Me" (2016). The former is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival while the latter is a feature film produced as an anniversary gift to the devoted fans of the couple.
Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo
In 2019, Alden was contracted by Star Cinema to co-star with rival network actress Kathryn Bernardo in a romantic drama film titled “Hello, Love, Goodbye”. Most of the film was shot in Hong Kong as its focus revolves around the lives of two overseas workers, Joy (Bernardo) and Ethan (Richards). Upon meeting, the two soon find themselves in a romantic affair that complicates their ambitions.
The film was released in theatres on July 31, 2019 and was a critically acclaimed hit. Domestically, it earned over P505.7 million in just 13 days of screening. Film critics praised both Bernardo and Richards’ performance, citing the remarkable realism and emotion the pair had given to their respective characters. According to Alden in an interview, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is his highest-grossing film.
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Alden Richards height
His height is 5’11 and at a young age, Richards is already currently one of the most sought-after male actors to endorse major brands such as McDonald's, Cadbury, and Tender Juicy. Alden Richards and Nadine Lustre also appeared together in a commercial. Followed by the success as an individual actor and as the other half of “AlDub”, Alden has appeared in many projects, still under GMA Network. In 2018, he was cast as the titular superhero in action-fantasy primetime series “Victor Magtanggol”, which was based on the popular Norse mythology. Alden Richards net worth of P346 million is mainly from the success of his acting, recording, and hosting career.
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