As one of the fastest rising teen heartthrobs in the country today, Daniel Padilla admitted he is happy to be part of the number one primetime teleserye, Princess and I. Daniel said he credits his newfound confidence in acting to PAI director Rory Quintos. “Si Direk Rory napakagaling na director at hindi siya ang director na sasabihin yung kailangan mong gawin, talagang alamin mo dapat yung character mo. Siguro after direk Rory, yung susunod na makakatrabaho mong director, eh mas magiging marunong ka na kasi ang galing talaga niya. Kahit talagang medyo nakakatakot siya, ganun talaga eh. Hindi ka puwedeng mabait bait kasi u-under-in ka ng artista mo eh di ba?” he told Push.com.ph during the Princess and I set visit held last September 18 in Taytay, Rizal.
Daniel said that fans of the show can look forward to more exciting things to happen to his character Gino. “Siguro madaming aabangan, kung sino pupunta sa Bhutan at kung sino ang mga magkakaalaman ng mga sikretong hindi pa alam. Siyempre sa mga love team, kung sino talaga makakatuluyan ni Mikay,” he said.
Daniel admitted the biggest challenge of being an actor right now is the hectic schedule shooting at various locations. “Wala pa akong tulog ngayon pero ganun talaga eh. Ang pinaka-malaking challenge siguro sa akin dito is yung siguro puyat. Puyat at pagod, yun ang kalaban dito,” he added.
Another thing the 17-year-old actor said he is happy about is all the support he and Kathryn Bernardo have been getting for their love team dubbed as “Kathniel.” “Mukhang patok rin naman yung love team ng iba. Ito na rin yung dahil ginagawa namin ng mabuti yung trabaho namin at siyempre sa kabilang side din naman, nag-e-enjoy din kami magkasama pareho. At yung mga fans andiyan din sila pinapasaya nila kami. Kaya siguro nagagawa namin ng maayos, dahil din sa kanila,” he explained.
When asked who else he would like to be paired up with in future projects, Daniel said there is really only one leading lady for him at the moment. “Ayoko magsalita ng tapos kasi para sa akin talaga wala eh. Sa ngayon. Hindi ako sa mag-po-promo-promo lang pero pag iniisip ko parang si Kathryn ang pinaka-kumportableng kaatrabaho. Parang hindi ko na na-i-imagine sarili ko na may ibang katrabaho. Hindi ito pag-po-promo ng Kathniel ha. Hindi naman ganun. Talagang si Kathryn lang,” he stressed.
Part of the success of their love team is due to their on and off-screen chemistry, but Daniel and Kathryn are only willing to admit that they are just the best of friends and are naturally sweet to each other. Daniel said that he also has some fears about how the public views them. “Actually kinakabahan nga ako minsan eh, feeling ko nawawala na yung kilig namin. Hindi ko alam, pero hindi, pag nasa scene pa rin, andun pa rin yung feeling ko na parang hirap pa rin mag-isip at kinakabahan pa rin ako sa mga scenes. Hindi ko lang alam bakit,” he admitted to Push.com.ph.
After working with Kathryn in Growing Up and Princess and I, as well as an upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival movie, Daniel said that he wants to just keep treating her better and better. “Oo naman, siyempre mas kumbaga mas ma-effort pa ako ngayon. Laging may ihihigit pa yun,” he said.
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Daniel Padilla says there is no other leading lady for him but Kathryn Bernardo
Daniel Padilla admits he is learning to be a better actor now because of Kathryn Bernardo.