After being seen in the primetime hit Got To Believe, the kilig tandem of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo is now working on Star Cinema’s She’s Dating The Gangster.
It tells the story of Athena (Bernardo), a high school student who’s forced to pretend to be Kenji’s (Padilla) girlfriend in order to make his ex feel jealous.
Based on Summit Media’s novel of the same title, this movie is helmed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
Kathryn revealed that she became even more excited for her new role after she read the book.
“Binasa namin yung libro. Napabasa siya [Daniel]. Maganda yung story.
“Parang mas nag grow kami dito. Hindi lang siya basta romantic comedy. More on seryosong love story talaga.
“Yung sa libro, hindi namin inalis yung story pero dadagdagan namin para mas mapaganda,” Kathryn shared.
The story seemed to be tailor-fitted for the popular teen love team, especially with Daniel who can identify with his character’s bad boy image.
“Mahihirapan ako kasi bad boy na maingay sa school. Malayo sa personality ko sa tunay na buhay. Kailangan ko mag-training na maging makulit na bata,” quipped Daniel with much irony.
After the success of the now-defunct teleserye Got To Believe, people might expect the two to come up with a box office hit.
Kathryn and Daniel, for their part, maintained that they’ll just do their part in terms of portraying their characters the best way they could.
“From Starting Over Again na P400 million, ayaw naman naming mag-expect.
“Kung titignan mo talagang bago pa lang kami.
“Siyempre sana maging successful siya pero ayaw naming mag-expect.
“Basta sisiguraduhin namin na maganda yung material na papanoorin nila,” said Kathryn.
Daniel feels fortunate that director Cathy Garcia-Molina will be at the helm of the project.
Aside from the fact that the three of them worked together in Got To Believe, Direk Cathy is also known for making box-office hits such as My Amnesia Girl, You Changed My Life, You Changed My Life, and It Takes a Man and a Woman.
“Basta Direk Cathy, pelikula man o teleserye, the best ka talaga, direk!
“Alam namin na kapag kay direk aalagaan kami sa lahat—sa hitsura, sa acting.”
When asked how he feels that he’s one of Direk Cathy’s favorite stars, Daniel simply replied, “Siyempre kinakabahan ako ‘pag gano’n dahil may expectations. Basta gagawin ko ang best ko. Gagalingan namin ng todo.”
Daniel and Kathryn are scheduled to start shooting She’s Dating The Gangster on Friday, April 4.
The target playdate will be during the third quarter of 2014.