Daniel Padilla revealed that the 2019 box office hit Hello, Love, Goodbye was supposed to be a movie for him and his real-and-reel life sweetheart Kathryn Bernardo.
However, Daniel and Kathryn both decided to not work together in any project this year, which is why Daniel was not able to do the movie.
Instead, Hello, Love, Goodbye became an opportunity to bring rival networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 together.
Star Cinema, the producer of the film, tapped Kapuso prime actor Alden Richards to play Kathryn's leading man.
This was discussed during Daniel's interview aired on Tonight with Boy Abunda last night, December 2.
Boy Abunda asked Daniel, "If that movie, Hello, Love, Goodbye, were offered to you, tatanggapin mo?"
Daniel answered, "In-offer naman sa akin yun, Tito Boy, e. Sa amin naman talaga originally yun. Originally, dapat yun, para sa amin."
Why did he reject the film?
Daniel explained, "I just think it was time, napag-usapan namin after The Hows of Us na magpapahinga muna kaming dalawa."
The Hows of Us was the last movie of Kathniel that was shown in 2018.
Daniel narrated how he and Kathryn came up with the decision of not working together this 2019.
"Hindi siya mabilis na proseso na 'Okay, gawin mo na, gawin mo na.' Hindi ganun kadali. Isa siyang mahabang proseso.
"It's something new sa amin and parang out of nowhere, e.
"Si Kathryn, nagtatanong siya kung okay ba ito, ready na ba siya. And mahaba siyang usapan hanggang...yeah."
Boy then asked Daniel how he felt when Alden was chosen as Kathryn's leading man.
The 24-year-old actor responded, "Siyempre, noong binanggit, isip, ano mangyayari, paano tatanggapin ito?
"Gusto nating protektahan si Kathryn din and kailangan mo rin ibigay yung tiwala mo, yung tiwala sa nakaisip ng pagsasama na yun."
Kathryn and Alden's movie earned P880 million worldwide, according to Star Cinema. Hello, Love, Goodbye is now considered the highest grossing Filipino film of all time.
The movie is nominated in the 9th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Asian Film.
This 2020, Kathryn and Daniel are set to work together again in a teleserye, which will be produced by Dreamscape Entertainment.
It will be KathNiel's first teleserye under Dreamscape Entertainment after eight years. Their first team-up, the weekly series Growing Up, was under this unit.
After Growing Up, KathNiel's projects were produced by Star Creatives.
When asked about the Kapamilya teleserye, Daniel said, "Wala pa kasing na-pitch sa amin, wala pang na-pitch pero next year, magsisimula na kami magshoot ni Kathryn for a serye.
"I'm just very excited kasi ang tagal na, ang tagal na ng huli naming serye, ang tagal na naming hindi nagsasama ulit and you know, ibang timpla na naman ito, yung takot sine-set aside."
Kathryn and Daniel will shoot a movie in 2020.