The King of Talk Boy Abunda opened the interview asking his special guest, Daniel Padilla about the significance of gratitude in his life. The King of Hearts believes that being thankful is important especially now that the world seemed to have revolved around material things. He places his mother, Magandang Buhay host, Karla Estrada on top of the list of people he is thankful for. If he could, Daniel would willingly give the world to Karla to repay her sacrifices.
Daniel grew up seeing Karla doing double duties as Mom and Dad. But this never marred his relationship with his father, actor Rommel Padilla. Daniel shared that what Rommel lacks in physical presence he makes up for in efforts to reach out even just via phone calls. It also helped that he never heard Karla badmouth Rommel. Daniel admitted that he struggles in acting out a spiteful scene between a father and son since he never knew how it felt to resent his own Dad.
The actor has a penchant for giving back especially to the elderlies. He’s always been trying to convince his Lola to live with him in Manila, so he could take good care of her. But his grandmother, who ignited his fondness for old music, wouldn’t want to ditch her simple life in Tacloban.
Daniel also opened up on his sentiments about Karla’s relationship with boyfriend Jam Ignacio. As the eldest, Daniel witnessed his mom act madly in love a lot of times, so he learned to be vigilant on Karla’s relationships. Yet, he commends Jam’s effort to reach out to him and his siblings. “Ayoko naman maging kontrabida kasi ‘yun ‘yung mga bagay na hindi ko naman maibibigay sa kanya pero at the same time, on the look ako. Ako ang number one security ng ermat ko, eh”, said Daniel. He is glad that Jam’s tamed personality complements that of Karla’s highly spirited attitude.
At 24, Daniel seeks mom’s help in handling his finances and he gives importance to saving for the future. “Kasi siyempre darating ang punto na gugustuhin ko nang mag-asawa at bumukod, so I have to save up,” the Kapamilya actor stated. But, known for being a responsible brother, Daniel would make sure that his siblings are all in a good state first before he settles down.
Daniel Padilla spent the past eight years mostly with love team partner and girlfriend, Kathryn Bernardo by his side. So, when Kathryn filmed the blockbuster movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye” in Hong Kong, Daniel admittedly had a difficult time coping with Kathryn’s month-long absence. While he was secured with his beloved’s loyalty, Daniel just found it strange to go on a day without Kathryn around. The aching sense of longing eventually led to dark times. The King of Hearts confessed that there were times when he couldn’t do anything but cry and pour out the sadness. Fortunately, they managed to emerge stronger after that challenging phase.
Daniel revealed that “Hello, Love, Goodbye” was originally conceptualized as a KathNiel movie. But they both decided to explore their individualities as actors after the huge success of the romantic film, “The Hows of Us”. Their temporary on-screen breakup entailed a long process of adjustment and courage from the both of them.
According to Daniel, he never felt threatened when Alden Richards took the spot he used to fill in for the past eight years, as Kathryn’s leading man. Jealousy is not part of his vocabulary, either. He simply put his trust on Kathryn and the people who orchestrated the ground-breaking team-up.
Daniel doesn’t play games in love, thus, envisioning Kathryn as his future wife. But he clarified that they still have a long way to go before settling down. The Kapamilya actor wants to save up as much as he could before getting married in order to enjoy his time with his future kids. “Karma,” Daniel uttered when asked how he says ‘no’ to temptation.
Daniel enticed fans and audiences to watch out for KathNiel’s comeback teleserye in 2020.