Mara Hautea Schnittka, best known by the stage name Julia Montes, is a Filipina-German actress and commercial model. Tagged as Philippine Television's Teleserye Sweetheart, she is widely known for her leading roles in Philippine dramas such as A Moment in Time (2013), as Jillian Linden and Halik sa Hangin (2015), as Mia Generoso. Julia has a long list of awards and nominations recived, typically are the FAMAS Awards, Star Magic Awards, and Candy Style Awards.
Julia Montes was born to a Filipino mother, Gemma Hautea, and a German father, Martin Schnittka, who left the family when she was still a baby. Before appearing in various television shows, she worked as a commercial model.
Montes began dating actor Enchong Dee in 2012, but the two later broke up in the same year. Montes was also frequently romantically linked to actor Coco Martin during the airing of their hit soaps Walang Hanggan and Ikaw Lamang.