Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s journey to becoming Teen Queen and King, and now, Queen and King of Hearts, is no easy feat.
Yet more than three years after their team-up was born, the two superstars have learned what works and what doesn’t. The secret, it seems, is to stay true and to stick to each other no matter the challenges.
What, then, makes them stand out from other love teams?
“‘Yung pinapakita namin sa mga tao, ‘yun lang ‘yun. And feeling namin nakikita ng mga teenagers ‘yung sarili nila sa’min, kasi para lang kaming normal teenagers,” Kathryn said during the Cebu press conference of “Crazy Beautiful You” yesterday, Feb. 23. “Ang difference lang talaga is napapanood nila kami sa TV, pero ‘yung mga ginagawa namin, ‘yung mga ayaw namin, ‘yung mga problema namin, ‘yun din ‘yung sa mga teenagers so tingin namin ‘pag nakikita nila kami, ‘Uy, nangyayari din ‘yan sa’kin.’”
Even when it comes to their portrayals, Kathryn and Daniel strive for authenticity – yes, even in the “kilig” scenes they do.
“Ginagawa po naming natural as much as possible,” said Daniel. “Ayaw po naming pakitang umaarte lang kaming nagpapakilig. Gusto po naming lumabas ay natural. Hindi po kami naga-ano ng basta nasa script… Wala ho tayong magagawa sa script, kailangang sundin ‘yun. Pero sa acting [namin], dapat totoo…”
Apart from that, they don’t rest on their laurels.
“Ang mahirap is ‘yung i-sustain mo kung ano’ng meron ka ngayon…,” said Kathryn. “Kasi every time mapapanood ka, dapat may iba-iba kang ino-offer sa kanila tsaka hindi mo sila binibigyan ng reason para magsawa sa’yo. Kami, habang tumatagal, mas naa-appreciate namin at mas lumalalim ‘yung tingin namin sa trabaho namin. Mas marami kaming natututunan.”
Kathryn and Daniel may well prove all these lessons and maturity in their latest offering, the Mae Cruz-Alviar romantic comedy “Crazy Beautiful You,” as Jackie and Kiko, two souls who will find comfort, healing, and love in each other. In the end, they will realize that life may be crazy, but love makes the journey beautiful.
(This article was originally published February 24, 2015.)
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