Has the Kathniel tandem reached the popularity of two classic Pinoy loveteams?
During the February 12 press conference of Crazy Beautiful You, Lorna Tolentino compared the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla to popular loveteams launched during the 1970s.
Lorna was asked to give her observations about loveteams back then and loveteams now.
The actress recalled: "Nung time namin, iba-iba ang nakakasama namin. Hindi talaga solid na kami lang [ang magkapareha]."
She then said that the Kathniel loveteam has similarities with the tandems of Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III as well as Vilma Santos and Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz.
"Nagpa-flashback sa akin yung panahon nina Nora at Kuya Pip...yung Guy and Pip pati Vi at Bot."
The Vi and Bot loveteam was launched in 1970 via the movie Young Love.
Gabby then gave his observations of Kathryn and Daniel behind the cameras.
"Pag off cam masaya silang kasama," said the actor.
Lorna added, "Nakakakilig sila."
As for director Mae Cruz, she has seen the transformation of Kathryn since she got to work with the young actress in the past.
"Bulinggit siya sa Krystala at nakawork ko na siya sa MMK sa mga flashbacks."
Direk Mae also praised Kathniel as she pointed out:
"Now I understand why they are where they are right now.
"It's not just a loveteam. They have so much to give as actors.
"Malayong, malayo ang kanilang mararating individually and together."
ROLE REVERSAL. Directed by Mae Cruz, Crazy Beautiful You is a movie about a rebellious young girl who changes when she becomes involved in a medical mission to an Aeta community in Tarlac.
The music video, featuring a song interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Morissette Amon, contained snippets of the movie that will be screened in cinemas starting February 25.
It shows Jacqueline Serrano (played by Kathryn) getting involved in a car accident while she is driving a racing car. Later, she is shown posing in a police lineup as she is slapped with a reckless imprudence charge.
Kiko (played by Daniel) becomes the guardian of Jackie, whom he refers to as Madam Baby.
Gabby is cast as the Mayor of the community. "Anak ko si Kiko at Marcus [played by Iñigo Pascual].
"Sa barrio namin magiging dahilan kung bakit magkakakilala itong dalawa. Pareho ko silang anak pero maganda ang twist dito."
Lorna says about her role, "Ako si Dra. Leah [mother of Kathryn's character]. Seven years old siya iniwan ko siya at may conflict ang marriage ng daddy. May sama ng loob siya sa akin at dun na nagsimula."
As for Daniel, he says about his character Kiko, "Stepbrother ko si Marcus ngunit anak ako sa labas at yun ang hinahanap ng character ko, na ipagmalaki rin ako ng tatay ko."
ROLE REVERSAL. How is Crazy Beautiful You different from She's Dating the Gangster?
Kathryn explained, "Iba siya kasi hindi siya galing sa libro. Yung Gangster more on...dalawang generations may past and present.
"Ito yung nangyayari [sa totoong buhay], very real. Makakarelate ka."
Daniel pointed out, "Ibang-iba dahil sa Kath yung medyo wild at ako yung responsable at mabait na tao. Baliktad naman. Rebelde si Kathryn."
The celebrities spent three weeks shooting this Star Cinema film in Capas, Tarlac.
(Read: Daniel Padilla says about Kathryn Bernardo: “Ginagawa ko yung mga ikinasasaya niya...")