Director Cathy Garcia-Molina defended the no kissing scene in She's Dating the Gangster movie. In an interview at the after-party of the film, she underscored that Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo are too young to do a kissing scene. She also said that the kiss is not necessary in the story.
"Ako kahit gusto ng magpa-kiss nong dalawa aayawan ko. They are young, they are 18, 19, if they were my kids I will not allow them. Why will I let these actors kiss on screen? Ako ang kiss kasi para sa akin, may mga pelikulang kailangan mag-kiss, hind ito kasali don and ako hindi naman lang 'yun ang basehan ng love story. Parang kaya naman nating mag-kwento ng great love story kahit without the kiss," she said.
She stressed that the right time will come for KathNiel to do a kissing scene but now is not that moment. "In time when they're old enough magki-kiss din yan but now ako talaga not now, mommy ako eh. Kasi hindi lang naman kiss ang pamantayan ng galing nabigay ng dalawa, ng ganda ng isang pelikula eh so sana pagbigyan, konting antay pa," the director remarked.
Direk Cathy admitted that doing a movie adaptation of a popular book has been really challenging. "Kasi grabe 'yung fear namin. Remember galing siya sa libro eh so maraming mga bashers na hindi daw kasi pareho sa buhok 'yung ganyan. I know we could not please everybody but we tried to please as many as we could without offending the fans of the book," she stated.
She said that this movie has pushed Daniel to show something new to his audience. "Maraming ginawa si Daniel na never niyang ginawa sa tanang buhay niya. Natuwa lang ako sa trust na binigay ni Daniel sa akin, sa staff, sa Star Cinema. Napa-tumbling ko talaga siya, napasayaw," she relayed. Direk Cathy also said that she is happy that Daniel and Kathryn have both shown growth in this new movie. "I am so happy because I have seen it and I hope that people will see it from the teeny bopper sila ngayon marunong na talaga silang mag-concentrate para ayusin ang characterization nila," she said.
The director hoped that the movie will achieve box-office success. "Hindi naman tayo nagwi-wish ng sobra pero sana kung maiwi-will ni God why not? Ako sa hirap ng binigay ng dalawa I would wish for the success of this movie for them.”