A month after the big revelation that Darren Espanto is officially part of the much-awaited Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla film "The Hows Of Us," the 17-year-old singer and now actor graced our Star Cinema Chat (yesterday, August 7) where he gamely talked about his role and experiences on set.
(See related story: "Darren marks film debut with ‘The Hows of Us’!")
"Ako po si Yohan sa pelikula. Ang kapatid ni George, which is si Ate Kath," Darren revealed.
"Yohan has diabetes. His personality is very makulit, very loving. Yohan is a big supporter ng relationship nina Ate George and Kuya Primo niya," he added.
"The Hows Of Us" marks Darren's acting debut and he's grateful not just for the big opportunity, but also for the chance of working with his ultimate crush, Kathryn.
"I was very excited nung pagka-text nung handler ko. Sabi niya 'Naghahanap sila ng kapatid ni Kathryn para sa movie tapos parang ikaw 'yung isa sa gusto nilang i-look test. Gusto mo ba?' So talagang nag-OO ako right away. Kinabahan din ako at the same time," he shared.
He went on to relay, "Actually I didn't do any workshops pero tuwing darating na 'yung script, I memorize it right away. 'Yung mga lines tina-try ko sabihin in different ways para malaman which sounds the most normal, para hindi inaarte 'yung pagkakasabi."
This project also brought Darren to Amsterdam where he had wonderful experiences with Kath, DJ, and Direk Cathy while shooting.
(See related story: "Darren, kasama ng KathNiel sa Amsterdam?!")
"Although we would start the days early and we would end late, it was an awesome experience talaga kasi between takes, kapag nagse-set-up pa lang 'yung crew, 'pag break, pwede kaming mag-bike which is a big thing in Amsterdam and also minsan we would go to nearby shops na nasa location.
"Sobrang ganda eh. It really has a lot of nice architectures. Para siyang London and Paris. I'd say priority nila 'yung boats kasi parang in each block na lagpasan mo may bridge and there's a canal. 'Yung mga roads do'n sobrang kipot and makikita mo na lang 'yung mga tao everyday may nagbo-boat," Darren shared.
The "Voice Kids" alumnus also relayed how they bonded off-cam.
"Off-cam mahilig kami kumain," Darren quipped. "Magugulat nalang ako may ice cream na binili si Ate Kath for me as well or minsan pizza. Basta parati kaming kumakain sa set. Mahilig silang mag-explore, kaming lahat 'pag break time. What else? Of course 'yung pictures nga 'pag maganda 'yung location..."
Being with Kathryn and Daniel for more than a week opened a lot of discoveries for Darren.
"I'd say they're very humble people, down-to-earth people. I saw how they respected everyone on the set. I saw how they entertained their fans. Parang friends na agad nila, the way they treat them," he revealed.
"Grabe mas kikiligin kayo 'pag nakasama mo sila in person. Sobrang sweet nila and you can really see how they care for each other," he added.
When asked about trivia he can share about the two, Darren said, "Gustung-gusto ni Ate Kath 'yung stroop waffles ng Amsterdam. May isang scene kami sa cafe tapos sabi ko 'Ate Kath, try it [waffle]' kasi I've tried it before in Canada. So nagustuhan na niya.
"Sa airport pa lang sinabihan na niya ako ng 'Darren samahan mo ako maghanap ng stroopwafels.' So naghanap kami kasi 'yung ibang stores wala 'yung flavor na gusto namin. Pagdating namin do'n, andami niyang nabili. Tinext kami ni Mommy Min sabi niya 'Saan kayo?' Tapos sinend ko 'yung picture na may hawak-hawak siyang maraming stroopwafel.
"Kuya DJ really likes talaga listening to old band and old music. He's really an old soul. Marunong rin pala siya mag-drums. That's one thing na natutunan ko sa kanya. I don't think he plays it often but he really makes a beat. May storage room sa set which has drums so 'pag 'di nagte-take, we play," Darren shared.
In the end, Darren expressed how grateful he is to Kathryn, DJ, and Direk Cathy for guiding him in this new world he stepped into.
"Syempre po first time ko so I really don't know what to do minsan. Sasabihin nila 'Ganito lang. Just put yourself in the position ni Yohan tapos isipin mo.' Tapos sasabihin nila try to put some lines or 'yung tono ko.' Ganun po. Very supportive eh, that's why I'm very grateful to be working with such patient people lalo na si Direk Cathy rin and the whole crew," he happily shared.
"The Hows Of Us" serves as Kathryn and Daniel's reunion project with Direk Cathy following their 2014 blockbuster film "She's Dating The Gangster."
The film follows the story of couple Primo (Daniel) and George (Kathryn) who are in a long-term relationship and are already building and planning their future together.
Their love will be put to the test as their relationship faces hurdles - from misunderstandings to different career paths, among others.
How will they save their "us"?
Find out this August 29 when it hits cinemas nationwide!
Meanwhile, read more about "The Hows Of Us" here:
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