TEEN KING AND QUEEN NO MORE
After establishing themselves as Philippine showbiz’ Teen King and Queen with hit teleseryes (Got To Believe, Pangako Sa Iyo) and two blockbuster movies (She’s Dating The Gangster, Crazy Beautiful You) over the last five years, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s much anticipated return to the big screen aims to show their audience a pair of actors who have matured both in their craft and source of emotions.
They credit their personal challenges and revered film director Olivia Lamasan (Madrasta, In My Life, The Mistress) for pulling them out of their highly successful teen star molds and take on Star Cinema’s latest drama Barcelona, A Love Untold, which opens in theaters nationwide on September 14.
“We were all out in our acting for this movie,” declared Bernardo. “We don’t know how she does it—how she gets the kind of emotion she wants from us be it in a simple or heavy scene. That’s why I really feel she really is Inang [her actor’s term of endearment for Lamasan, which means mother], because the kind of guidance she gave us in this film is incomparable. From how we deliver our lines, how to cry in a particular scene, to how we have to look in the movie,” added the actress who had to dye and curl her hair in the fashion of Barcelonans for the film.
“Pigang-piga kami dito ni [she really squeezed us dry]Inang,” Padilla jested.
Barcelona follows the story of Ely (Padilla)—a young man unable to get over a past love—and Mia (Bernardo), a young woman who moved to Spain to rebuild her life and escape a painful past in the Philippines. Their lives collide in the Catalonian city of Barcelona where they fall in love, while secrets of their past resurface, putting their relationship to the test.
“DJ [Padilla’s nickname] and I sort of had to start over for Barcelona. It was as if nothing we learned [in acting]before was enough for what we had to do in this movie. We had to take a crash course to fit into Inang’s expectations from her actors, and the experience both humbled us and hopefully made us better when you see the film.”
Another source of KathNiel’s “levelled up” acting as their generation of millennials say today is their relationship as a real life couple.
Finally admitting they are exclusive, Padilla, 21 and Bernardo, 20, were happy to share with their fans the news they had long been waiting for during promotions for Barcelona.
“You can say this is our gift to them,” said Padilla, whose hand protectively covered Bernardo’s throughout the interview. “Let’s put it this way—what they will see on screen, how we look at each other in the scenes, it’s all part of what we are today.”