Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr., also known by the stage name Alden Richards, is a Filipino television actor, host, model and recording artist signed with GMA Network. He is best known for his roles in Alakdana, Tween Hearts, One True Love, Carmela, The Road, and the live Kalyeserye segment of Eat Bulaga. Richards released two albums, Alden Richards in 2013 and Wish I May in 2015. In 2015, Richards won his first Best Actor award for his portrayal in Ilustrado.
Alden Richards was born as Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr. on January 2, 1992 in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines. He is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson Sr. and Rosario Reyes, a native of General Santos. He was a Paconian and studied at Paco Catholic School in Paco, Manila during high school before he became an actor. Growing up, Richards wanted to be a pilot but his mother urged him to pursue acting instead, although he was hesitant to do it initially. After his mother died, to support his family financially and to fulfill his mothers wish for him to be an actor, Richards decided to try his luck in show business by joining various male pageants in Laguna and worked as a parttime commercial model. He holds the titles Ginoong Sta Rosa 2009 and Ginoong Laguna 2010. He also auditioned for StarStruck and Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010 under his real name, but failed to be a part of both reality shows. He also appeared on a television commercial for a multivitamins pr