Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo may be natural when portraying teeny bopper roles, but the young stars admit that they had to work doubly hard to shoot their scenes for the horror flick Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay.
In the film, the characters of the movie violate superstitions surrounding funerals. It is believed that one should not go directly home after visiting a wake at the risk of bringing home evil spirits. As a result, they incur the wrath of a malevolent and vengeful spirit.
“Mas physical [gumawa ng] horror [movie]. Nakakapagod,” says Daniel, who plays the role of Cedric in the tandem’s first horror movie, which is an official entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF 2013).
Kathryn, who portrays the character of Leni, finds this new genre exciting, but adds, “Pagod na pagod kami, mawawalan ka ng boses kakasigaw.” Although it was no easy feat, the other half of the KathNiel loveteam admits, “Mas mahirap magpakilig.”
As Pagpag competes with seven other entries in the MMFF this year, what are their expectations for this project?
Daniel is thankful for the opportunity to be included in the official entries of MMFF 2013. “Kaya kung anuman ang ibigay ng Diyos para sa amin, masaya na ako,” says the teen heartthrob.
“Mahirap mag-expect pero basta ang masasabi ko lang confident ako sa movie na ito kasi pinaghirapan namin ito. Sana mag-pay off [lahat ng hirap namin],” adds Kathryn.
Playing supporting roles in the movie are Shaina Magdayao and Paulo Avelino, who are paired together for the first time. Both agree that the movie was made possible with teamwork, with Shaina emphasizing the support of director Frasco Mortiz.
Paulo points out, “Teamwork naming lahat [was a big factor]. Nagbibigayan kami sa eksena, nagtutulungan.”