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In the late eighties, Barretto rose to prominence after gaining success in skin flicks produced by Seiko Films like Tukso, Layuan Mo Ako! Her two younger sisters, Marjorie and Claudine, and niece Julia are also actresses.
It was in that same year that she ended her contract with Seiko Films in an attempt to make her image more wholesome and commercial to the public.
Despite being launched as a singer-actress, Barretto never got the chance to record a studio album due to the annual movies lined up for her.
She soon dropped out of high school to fully concentrate on her acting career.
Barretto moved back to her home studio Regal Films in that same year.
Some of her biggest films included Bakit Ako Mahihiya?
In 1988, Barretto was signed by Robbie Tan to become a contract star of Seiko Films.