Richard Reyes Faulkerson Jr. , born January 2, 1992, known professionally as Alden Richards, is a Filipino actor, host, singer, and entrepreneur. He is most known as the other half of the loveteam, AlDub, opposite Maine Mendoza. Richards’s notable works include Tween Hearts, One True Love, Carmela, The Road, Imagine You and Me, Victor Magtanggol, Hello, Love, Goodbye, The Gift and The World Between Us. As a recording artist, Richards has released albums under Universal Records and GMA Music.
Talking about the family of Richard we can mention that, amed after his father, Alden Richards was born Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr. on January 2, 1992, in Quezon City and was raised in Santa Rosa, Laguna. He is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson, Sr. of Ermita, Manila and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga. He has three siblings, an older brother and two younger sisters. Richards’s paternal grandfather, whom he has never met personally, was American. Growing up, Richards wanted to be a pilot but his mother urged him to pursue acting instead. After his mother died, to support his family financially and to fulfill his mother’s wish for him to be an actor, Richards decided to join various male beauty pageants in Laguna and worked as a part-time commercial model. He holds the titles Ginoong Sta Rosa 2009 and Ginoong Laguna 2010. He auditioned for the reality television shows StarStruck and Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash of 2010, but both auditions failed. He also appeared in various commercials, including a telecommunication company, clothing line, fast-food chain and multivitamins. He studied at Paco Catholic School in Paco, Manila and at Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima High School, where he graduated. He began, but has not completed, a Business Management Degree at De La Salle Canlubang in Laguna.
In September 2016, Alden was included in the reboot series of Encantadia as Lakan. His first appearance in said fantasy series generated public interest and became a trending topic in a social media website. In the same month, Richards renewed his contract with GMA Network.
In February 2017, “Destined to be Yours”; Alden Richards’ first television series opposite his love team partner, Maine Mendoza was shown on GMA Network.
Alden played the lead in the docudrama Alaala: A Martial Law Special as real-life activist Bonifacio Ilagan. Richards said it was the most difficult role he has had to tackle as an actor. The show, first broadcast in September 2017, co-starred Bianca Umali as Rizalina Ilagan, Rocco Nacino, and Gina Alajar, and was directed by Adolfo Alix Jr. and written by Bonifacio Ilagan. The special won the silver medal in the docudrama category at the New York Festivals television and film awards. Richards and program manager Joy Madrigal received the award for GMA at the awarding ceremonies.
In October 2017, Alden and Maine headlined in an Eat Bulaga! produced television film entitled Love is… with Adolfo Alix Jr. as the director.
In 2018, Alden starred in Philippine television drama action-fantasy series Victor Magtanggol.
In 2019, Alden got his first movie after being on hiatus for almost 3 years under Star Cinema, to be paired with Kathryn Bernardo and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. The film became the highest grossing Filipino film of all time beating The Hows of Us which also starred Bernardo.