Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo are slowly gearing up for their reunion film with Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina. With a working title “The Hows Of Us,” KathNiel is now ready to take on a redefined meaning to maturity through their new characters as a millennial couple.
During the story conference for KathNiel’s big screen comeback held at the Star Creatives office, Daniel opened up about how he sees Kathryn beyond a love team partner.
"Itong storya na 'to, malapit sa amin mismo ni Kathryn," Daniel said. "Kasi kagaya ng pelikula parang nasa long-term relationship na rin naman kami ni Kathryn, six years."
“Minsan magtatanong ka rin naman kung ano pa ba ang rason. So lahat talaga may struggle. Hindi naman lagi masaya. At ‘yung movie na ‘to tuturuan tayo, I mean kami rin ni Kathryn, na ano nga ba ang mga dahilan na ‘yun na tinatanong namin dalawa,” he continued, relating the story of the film to their relationship in real-life.
Though Daniel and Kathryn didn’t go into details about their characters in the light romance flick, Direk Cathy assured fans that they would see a different side of KathNiel in her new project, which poses the question, “What makes a couple stay in a relationship”?
“Since ‘Got To Believe,’ I have learned to love the two - not just as actors but as anak-anakan ko,” she said. “But beyond that, I really believe in the talent that these two have and I know that if I want to tell new stories, ikalulungkot ko kung may ikukwento akong maganda at hindi sila ang gaganap. So I would really want them [to play the roles],” she added.
Direk Cathy also explained why she wanted to tackle the story of these millennial couples.
“There’s this one question that I’ve been meaning to ask the millennials. I’ve been doing research and I’ve heard this so many times and nalulungkot ako. Gusto kong gawan ng kwento ito at gusto kong maniwala na meron pang reason to stay in a relationship for a long time just like what I have always wanted,” she said.
“And if there are two people whom I want to direct and give life to these characters - itong dalawa,” she stated, citing the reason why she wanted KathNiel on board her fourth to the last film project before officially retiring from filmmaking.
Written by Carmi Raymundo, “The Hows Of Us” is Star Cinema’s 25th anniversary offering.
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo last worked with Cathy Garcia-Molina in 2014 for the film “She’s Dating The Gangster.”