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Daniel Padilla and Kathyrn Padilla in Cebu. (CDN PHOTO/ EDD BUENAVIAJE)

Daniel Padilla and Kathyrn Bernardo in Cebu. (CDN PHOTO/ EDD BUENAVIAJE)

Just what makes the hysteria-inducing pairing of  Kathryn Bernardo and  Daniel Padilla today’s hottest love team?

Is it the natural chemistry on and off screen between the two? How about  the gracious charm of Kathryn, who is fast coming into her own, both in beauty and acting? Or is it the legendary Padilla charisma that oozes out of Daniel, who is fast blazing personal glory in showbiz now?

Whatever it is, it can’t be denied that the powerhouse known as KathNiel, on full display in the movie “Crazy Beautiful You,” is sweeping the country.

And while love teams are a dime a dozen these days, Daniel and Kathryn have continued their upward trajectory, with comparisons to the phenomenal Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion and Nora Aunor-Tirso Cruz III love teams.

As expected, KathNiel caused a frenzy among fans during their movie’s promo tour at the SM City Cebu. But before the pandemonium, Daniel and Kathryn chatted up Cebu’s entertainment press about  their latest movie.  Read on and be tickled pink.

How is this movie different from your past one, “She’s Dating the Gangster”?
Kathryn: Ito original ng Star Cinema, while yung isa, (“She’s Dating the Gangster”) Wattpad siya. Then itong movie na ito, simple siya na story, unlike noong isa na may past and present. Parang dito kung ano talaga ang nangyayari sa mga families na kilala natin.

Daniel: Sa “Gangster” ang characters namin baliktad. Ako medyo masungit ang role. Ngayon naman makulit ako, tapos si Kath rebelde naman.

What do you think will make a person crazy and beautiful?
K: Siguro love … love will make you crazy. Totoo ‘yun (laughs). Kasi halo-halo ang emotions, but pwede naman ito in a beautiful way.

So, are you guys “crazy in love”?
D: Ako crazy excited sa movie!

You’ve worked with seasoned actors… like Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta (for “She’s Dating the Gangster”) and then Lorna Tolentino and Gabby Concepcion for this film. Tell us about the experience.
K: Ang gaan nilang ka trabaho. Hindi kami nag dadalawang isip na kausapin sila, very approachable sila. Pwede silang makausap ‘yung sa mga experience nila. Working with them, sobrang saya. Actually, naging sobra kaming close sa movie na ‘to, pati staff.

What tips did you get from Richard and Dawn, LT and Gabby during the shoot?
K: Well,  hindi sila nagbigay ng tips pero nakita namin ‘yun through their actions—kung gaano sila ka professional, ‘yung pag sunod sa call time, kasi ang mga shoot namin ay out-of-town. Hindi sila nag rereklamo. Maa-idolize mo sila once you get to know them.

May aral ba na mapupulot ang mga manonood ng pelikulang ito?
D: Ang magpatawad, magpahalaga sa pamilya… sa pagiging magulang at pagiging anak. Sa pagtulong. Marami pa.

When was the last time na tinawag mong beautiful si Kath?
D: Kung naka suot sya ng formal na damit.

How do you make your love team different from the others?
K: ‘Yung pinapakita namin sa tao, ‘yun lang ,yun. Kung ano ‘yung nakikita nila sa amin sa TV, ‘yung problema namin …  problema din ng ibang teenagers. Nasasabi nila na ‘yun din nangyayari sa akin.

Magkasama kayo almost all the time. Are there things na you still discover about each other?
D: Ah,  may mga bagay na nadi-discover ko sa sarili ko dahil sa kanya. Mahilig ako sa keso kasi mahilig din siya sa keso.
K: Na-discover ko na  mahilig din sya sa keso (laughs). Sobrang comfortable ako sa kanya kasi matagal na kaming magkakilala. Medyo hindi na kami nagkaka-ilangan.

Will you consider sexy roles?
D: Hindi po. Ini-enjoy pa namin itong klaseng roles. ‘Wag munang sexy. Dapat sabayan namin ang mga supporters namin, dapat sabay-sabay kaming tumanda.

What were the challenging scenes in the movie?
K: Siguro ‘yung confrontation namin ni Tita Lorna. At first, nahiya pa ako sa kanya kasi ilang days pa lang kaming nagkasama. Tapos, na pre-pressure ako na maalala yung lines kasi medyo mahaba siya.
Second, yung scene na ‘yun, pag pinanood ng viewers, doon mare- realize kung saan nanggaling yung character ni Jacky.  Thankful ako kay direk at sa writer namin na nandun talaga at nakabantay sa amin.

D: Ganoon din, ‘yung confrontation namin ni Tito Gabby, Iñigo at nanay ni Inigo. Tatlo sila at mag-isa lang ako. Mahirap siya kasi ‘yung eksena ay hindi ko pa na-experience sa personal na buhay ko.

How do you describe each other in one word?
D: Ako, crazy. Si Kath, beautiful.

On Instagram, Vice Ganda  said your fans were disappointed because you got a short exposure in last Sunday’s episode of “Gandang Gabi Vice.” What’s your reaction?
D: Ngayon ko lang narinig nito. ‘Wag po kayo magalit kay Vice.

Hindi po namin kontrolado… Okey lang po ‘yun. Marami pa pong appearances.

So, kailan kayo aamin na kayo na?
D: Huwag tayo magmadali.

(CDN PHOTO/ EDD BUENAVIAJE)

(CDN PHOTO/ EDD BUENAVIAJE)

Are you hoping for an acting award in this film?
D: Hindi naman po. Ginagawa lang po namin ang trabaho namin. Hindi iniisip namin yun pang best actor or best actress.

K: Kung meron man, magiging masaya kami.Pag gumagawa kami ng  project, binibigyan lang talaga namin ng justice ang characters namin.

What’s next after this movie?
K: As of  now “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” lang ‘yung bibigyan namin ng time kasi medyo mabigat ‘yung project na ‘yun.

You’ve been named showbiz’s Teen King and Queen. How do you deal with the expectations of the public, as well as maintaining box office success?
K: Hindi sya madali. ‘Yun ang mahirap sa lahat, i-sustain kung anong meron ka.  Every time pinapanood ka, dapat iba-iba ‘yung mai o-offer mo. Magbigay ka ng reason para hindi sila magsawa sa ‘yo. So kami, habang tumatagal, lumalalim ‘yung dedication and appreciation namin sa work. Yeah, kinakabahan kami in every project. Sana kumita. But dito sa movie na ‘to, excited kami kasi masaya kami sa mga napanood namin. At sana panoorin n’yo rin.

TAGS: Cebu, Crazy Beautiful You, Daniel Padilla, Kathniel, Kathryn Bernardo, Star Cinema
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