Erika Chryselle Gonzales Gancayco or more commonly known by her screen name Erich Gonzales is on her way to superstardom, if we were to base our assessment on the confidence that ABS-CBN bestows on her. Her most recent and perhaps biggest TV project is in Maria La Del Barrio, which is a remake of the Spanish Telenovela classic starring Thalia that became such a big hit in our shores in the nineties. Now, Erich is back in primetime as she continues to make our screens sizzle with her character’s unique mixture of naiveté and sexiness.
Erich was born on the 20th of September, 1990 in down south in Davao Oriental. Erich first came to national attention in 2004 when she won ABS-CBN’s Star Circle National Teen Quest. She has since moved to the NCR due to her career. From 2005 to 2008, she had consistently appeared in ABS-CBN shows, mostly in supporting roles. However, it would be a year later when she would appear on primetime in her breakout role.
In 2009, she was given the opportunity to play the lead in ABS-CBN’s drama series Katorse. This is actually the very same role that catapulted the alluring Ms. Dina Bonnevie to stardom back when she was a teen herself. This time, the lead characters’ roles were given to Erich and fellow showbiz newcomers Xian Lim, Ejay Falcon and later on Enchong Dee. The character seemed tailor-fit for the young Erich who was able to portray the naïve Nene with relative ease. Just like the original movie from where it was based, the role also called for the character of Nene to display sexiness and later on, a maturity brought about by her life’s circumstances. This role also contributed to Erich getting considered by many as one of Philippine TV’s hottest and sexiest young actresses.
Though notable for her role in several TV series, Erich has also not been a stranger when it comes to appearing on the big screen with movies such as Love Me Again, I Do and Noy underneath her belt.
Many would agree that her pairing with hunk actor Enchong Dee has contributed greatly to her on her road to stardom. Tanging Yaman reunited the two young actors in what many believe to be one of ABS-CBN’s most ambitious drama series. Erich portrayed the role of a young lady who grows up in poverty but then finds out that she’s actually the President of the Philippine’s long-lost daughter. As she struggles to make sense of her new environment and the new responsibilities that a daughter of the President has, she also finds herself inevitably falling for the Vice President’s son. This character is Jomari, who is of course played by Enchong Dee.
The pair were also seen together in 2010’s hit show Magkaribal alongside other big stars as Bea Alonzo and Ms. Gretchen Barretto. There have also been rumors about the two having a romantic relationship outside of their TV roles. In an interview in early 2010, Enchong mentioned that the two of them had been exclusively dating. However, the two seemed to have not gotten together romantically after all as confirmed by Erich in 2011, when she said that Enchong is actually seeing someone else. Nevertheless, their onscreen pairing is still sizzling hot as possibly Erich’s biggest role is in a show where Enchong will once again be the actor opposite her.
Maria La Del Barrio has Erich playing the role of Maria and Enchong is Luis in the new locally-produced series. Many critics have praised Erich for her portrayal of the lead character in the series, saying Erich is able to portray three-dimensional characters who are both innocent and sexy at the same time. Many of Erich and Enchong’s fans are excited about where this local version’s story would end up since the original version had the lead characters getting older and having teen-aged children of their own. Only time will tell if that would be the case for the local Maria but many believe that it’s something the talented Erich can pull off easily.
As one of the hottest young actresses with the most devoted fans around, there’s really no telling what heights this beautiful young lady named Erich can get to.