Maria Chantal Videla, now called "Chanty," is set to make her K-pop debut!
Chanty is part of Lapillus, a K-pop girl group created by MLD Entertainment, the same agency that formed MOMOLAND, T1419, and JT&MARCUS.
MOMOLAND is one of the girl groups that trended in the Philippines with its catchy songs "BBoom BBoom" and "BAAM." The group debuted with members Nancy, Ahin, Jane, JooE, Hyebin, Nayun, and former members Daisy, Taeha, and Yeonwoo.
Lapillus will be debuting on June 20, 2022 with multinational members Chanty (Filipina-Argentinian actress), Nonaka Shana (Japanese, former contestant of the Korean survival show Girls Planet 999), and Yue (Chinese-American), alongside Korean trainees Bessie, Seowon, and Haeun.
FROM STAR MAGIC TO MLD ENTERTAINMENT
Chantal was first introduced as a member of the Star Magic Circle Batch 2018, alongside Donny Pangilinan, Tony Labrusca, Charlie Dizon, and many others.
The 19-year-old actress later appeared in various Kapamilya shows, including the iWant series Spirits: Reawaken as Gabbie in 2018, the weekend telefantasya Hiwaga Ng Kambat as Loraine Maniquis in 2019, and the prime-time drama Starla as Lena Batumbakal in 2019-2020.
She also attended the 2019 ABS-CBN Ball with Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin actor Grae Fernandez. The two were co-stars in Starla.
Chantal became an MLD Entertainment trainee in November 2021.
Before this, she made her first music-video appearance for labelmate JT&MARCUS's song "Dear You," which was released in October 2021.
In December 2021, Chantal was featured again in the K-Pop duo's music video for the single titled "First."
Together with her fellow trainee Shana, Chantal also actively participated in vlogs on MLD Entertainment's NADOL YouTube channel.
REINTRODUCED AS CHANTY
Chantal became Chanty in May 2022, when it was announced that she would be a member of the agency's upcoming girl group.
It had been less than a year since she became a trainee.
In previous interviews, the actress-turned-K-Pop trainee revealed that she is actually a fan of the K-pop groups BTS (her bias is Jin!), TWICE, Red Velvet, and solo artist IU.
She also enjoys watching Korean dramas, and this is actually how she actually learned to speak Korean.
In a vlog for MLD Entertainment's NADOL YouTube channel, Chanty said in Korean, "I watched a lot of Korean dramas! I learned Korean while watching dramas."
Some of her favorite dramas are Descendants of the Sun (2016), which starred Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo; Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), which starred IU; and Goblin (2016), which starred Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, and Yoo In Na.