Did you know that there was a time when no one believed in the chemistry of KathNiel? It was during Growing Up when the potential for a love team bloomed between Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. There was a particular scene between the two young actors which is considered the spark for their tandem. This excited him because it was his chance to get to know her. “Masaya na rin ako dahil si Kathryn hirap na hirap akong kausapin bilang torpe nga kong tao noon,” he explained. Lucky for Daniel, Kathryn wanted to get to know him too.
In front of the cameras, they were professionals. “Sobra akong ginabayan n’yan noong simula, binigay n’ya talaga lahat ng tulong sa akin,” he shared. Behind the cameras, they were real friends. “Naging totoong tao siya agad. Hindi na nagpanggap … dineretso n’ya ako kaya talagang mahal ko ‘yang tao na ‘yan,” he continued.
Eventually, their love team did gain popularity. Daniel recalls shooting in Boracay where a sea of people came to support them. “Ito na pala ‘yung epekto nung show namin,” he realized. The crowd surprised him, especially since Growing Up was only shown every Sundays. “Ako, natutuwa lang ako. Number one lang naman sa akin, masaya sila,” he added.
If you are wondering when the love story went from on-screen to off cam, it was during Princess and I This was their first primetime teleserye together. At the time, Kathryn was initially paired with Enrique Gil but the story shifted in his favor just in time. He even admitted to feeling jealous because of some scenes. Now, there is no doubt, they are perfect for each other!
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