Many have commented that newcomer Kelvin Miranda is a lookalike of popular actors.
He is often told that he resembles ABS-CBN actor Daniel Padilla, while some say he looks like James Reid.
Others claim that he is like the younger version of Al Pacino, and still others say he looks like a Korean star.
Kelvin initially saw this as an advantage when he entered showbiz.
But he eventually realized that if he wants to last in the business, he needs to prove he is more than just a pretty face, and step away from the shadow of popular personalities.
Born Kelvin Manalili Miranda, the 22-year-old actor was born in Manila on January 8, 1999.
His parents are Patricio Miranda and Daisy Miranda.
Kelvin has two siblings, Jerome and Christin.
He spent his elementary days in Caloocan Elementary School and his high-school years in Caloocan High School.
For college, he enrolled at Divine Mercy College Foundation Inc., but did not finish as he chose to focus on his showbiz career.
His hobbies include playing the guitar, writing poems and songs, and creating artworks.
SHOWBIZ BEGINNINGS AND CHALLENGES
In 2016, Kelvin started his showbiz career by playing supporting roles in movies and TV projects.
“Nadiscover po ako noong ipinakilala ako ng sister ko sa isa sa managers ko ngayon na si Tyronne Escalante,” he told PEP.ph in a message.
He was linked to fellow Kapuso artists Angel Guardian and Mikee Quintos, who both became his love interests in separate projects.
He and Angel teamed-up in a GTV short film called One Hugot Away: Beauty and the Hypebeast in January 2020.
Kelvin was paired with Mikee in the recently concluded TV series on GTV, The Lost Recipe.
As he played the lead role of Harvey Napoleon, The Lost Recipe was Kelvin's biggest break.
But before he was cast in the series, Kelvin was actually ready to give up on his showbiz dream, as his anxieties mounted during the pandemic.
“Yes po, sa totoo lang po, gusto ko pong mag-aral na lang muna at mag-focus muna sa sarili ko,” he confirmed.
“Kasi talagang nawalan ako ng tiwala sa sarili dahil sa mga nangyayari. Feeling ko end of the world.
“Sobrang apektado talaga ako ng pandemya hindi lang sa financial, ganundin sa mental health ko.
“Sobrang naapektuhan ako. Hindi naging maganda sa akin iyong dating ng last year.
“But naging blessing siya dahil pumasok sakin itong The Lost Recipe.
“Feeling ko, ito iyong naging kapalit nung lahat ng nawala sa akin.
“Ito iyong pinakamalaking blessing na natanggap ko. Iyong tiwala sa sarili, bumalik dahil sa The Lost Recipe.”
THE NEXT BIG THING?
Thanks to his first major role in The Lost Recipe on GTV, Kelvin is now one step closer to making it big in the industry.
Viewers and critics are noticing his potential as an actor.
He is also one of the newest endorsers of a prominent local clothing brand, whose list of endorsers include international A-listers and the country's big stars.
If Kelvin keeps this up, he is bound to be one of GMA’s big stars in the future.
In fact, some writers are already branding him as the “next big thing” in showbiz.
While Kelvin does not see himself yet that way, he welcomes the compliment.
“Kung nakikita naman po iyon ng ibang tao sa akin, bakit di ko tignan ang sarili ko na gano’n, di ba?” he told PEP.ph in a virtual interview last March 25.
“So, para maging iisa lang iyong maging takbo ng isip ng lahat ng tao na do’n tayo papunta, at hindi na maging magulo.”
In the same interview, Kelvin pointed out that if people put so much belief in him, he should believe in himself, too.
“Iyon ang natutunan ko rin, tiwala sa sarili.
“Na kailangan kung ano iyong nakikita sa iyo maniwala kang makakamit iyon. Simulan mo sa sarili mo.”
WANTING TO PROVE HIMSELF
When asked about being a look-alike for prominent personalities, Kelvin said that while this is flattering, he wants to carve a name for himself.
“Sumasagi sa isip ko iyon madalas, na sana makilala ako sa pangalan ko mismo, hindi do’n sa anino mismo ng personalidad na hinahangaan natin, ano,” he explained.
“Minsan compliment siya, ano, kasi nakakatuwa na naihahalintulad ka sa mga guwapings na binabanggit nila.
“So, pakiramdam ko, ‘Oy, teka guwapo din pala ako.’
“Career-wise, kailangan makabuo ako ng sariling pangalan, sariling diskarte, sariling paraan para makilala ako.
“So, thankful ako na naihahalintulad ako sa kanila, but kelangan kong umalis do’n sa side na iyon kailangan kong ako mismo [makilala ako bilang ako].”
As far as his idols go, Kelvin looks up to well-respected Hollywood actors, such as Johnny Depp, Joaquin Phoenix, and the late Heath Ledger.
He also dreams of portraying a lead role in suspense movies like Psycho.
His dream leading ladies include Heart Evangelista and Bianca Umali.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACH
Currently, Kelvin’s Instagram account, @iamkelvinmiranda, has 157,000 followers.
His YouTube account, Kelvin Miranda TV, has almost 11,000 subscribers.
On his Facebook account, Kelvin Miranda Manalili, there are more than 73,000 followers.
- Best Actor Actor at the 6th Urduja Film Festival for The Fate (2019)
- Best Young Actor at the 7th Urduja Film Festival for Dead Kids (2020)
- Netizen’s Best Choice Icons of Success at the Netizen’s Best Choice Awards (2018)
- Fast Emerging Actor of the Millennium at the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards (2021)
- Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw (2018)
- Michael Angelo’s Lenten Special: Kulay (2018)
- Bubble Gang (2018)
- Madrasta (TV series, 2019)
- Sunday PinaSaya (2019)
- The Lost Recipe (2021)A
- Haunted Forest, Supporting (2017)
- The Hopeful Romantic, Supporting (2018)
- Walwal, Supporting (2018)
- Fieldtrip, Supporting (2018)
- Class of 2018, Supporting (2018)
- Closure, Co-lead (2019)
- One Hugot Away: Beauty and the Hypebeast, Co-lead (2019)
- The Fate, Co-lead (2019)
- Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love, Supporting (2019)
- Dead Kids, Lead (2019)
- D’Ninang, second lead, (2020)