Kylie Padilla admitted that she almost turned down her role in Encantadia even when she was already told that she passed the auditions.
In her blog entry titled The Blue One, which she wrote last March 21, the GMA-7 actress revealed that she deliberately did not attend the second auditions for Encantadia. This is because Kylie felt that she wouldn’t get the Pirena part, which she really wanted at that time.
The role of the keeper of the fire gem eventually went to Glaiza de Castro.
At the same time, Kylie was still doing the afternoon drama Buena Familia, which aired from July 2015 to March 2016.
Kylie wrote, “After a few weeks, I had been asking for updates from my manager. After the first audition I kept hearing that I was not being considered for Pirena but for another role.
“I still at this time was not told it was Amihan they were pegging me for. The news about Encantadia was still as loud as ever, people were still talking as loud as ever but I was sad, I still wanted the role of Pirena lol.
“I stubbornly did not attend the second audition since I was already working 3 days a week and craved to sleep rather than audition for a role I wanted and knew I would not get.
“Stubborn yes, I was very stubborn, sometimes uhm, maybe still am.”
At this point, Kylie recalled that she didn’t want to do Encantadia anymore since she wanted to take a rest from doing TV shows.
Buena Familia was emotionally taxing for Kylie, since her Celine role entailed her to cry everyday.
She admitted, “Now this part of the story I am kind of shy to tell.
“I must have come off as some sort of diva for turning an opportunity like Encantadia down just for a chance to have a little vacation.
“But honestly I really was just emotionally drained from working on my last television show Buena Familia, among other things.
“Just a few days before my flight to Australia my manager called to tell me that I had a meeting with the director of Encantadia. Direk Mark Reyes.
“I don’t really remember how I felt, I think I was nervous and abit flushed that because I did not attend the 2nd audition he asked to meet with me personally. I thought I was in trouble actually.”
However, Kylie had a change of heart when she had a meeting with Direk Mark and he introduced her to the Amihan character.
“Fortunately that wasn’t the case. At that dinner our beloved director told me about Amihan, it was Direk Mark who told me about her character.
“I learned from the director himself about her, about who she was and what Amihan’s essence was.
“How she was the favourite daughter of the Queen and the most deadly fighter out of all four sanggres because her father himself had been the one to teach her how to use his sword which Amihan then carries until womanhood, even to her death.
“He also told me about Amihan’s childhood and how she grew up in the human world before she returned to Encantadia to also, become Queen.
“This was interesting to me and for a sanggre goddess, seemed very down to earth. I started to like what I was hearing about this so called protector of the air gem.
“I could not help but see, how much Direk loved her too, as well as his show Encantadia. I knew that this show was his baby.
“I found it so endearing how passionate he was about the possibility of me playing Amihan that it sparked my interest even more and got me day dreaming right then and there about what it would be like to be Queen. I never dreamed of it. I got nervous just thinking about it!”
Back then, Kylie finally accepted the role, mainly because she was curious about portraying a Queen.
“At this point I only accepted because I wanted to be able to play Queen out of sheer curiosity and daredevilishness to face that nervousness.
“I also shamelessly wanted to immerse myself in that warrior mentality once again. Just think of it I thought a girl, a Queen in fact, kicking ass in a sexy feminist outfit. The crowds would love it! It sounded good to me.
“Little did I know just how deeply Amihan would affect me as a woman and what she would teach me as a mother NOT just some girl in a sexy outfit, midriff bare and naked.”
However, looking back, Kylie pointed out that she never had any regrets about portraying Amihan, which she expressed in the first part of her blog entry.
During the first week of March, Kylie left the show because of her untimely pregnancy.
The daughter of Robin Padilla got pregnant with the child of Aljur Abrenica who is now her fiance.
(Read: Kylie Padilla will no longer play Amihan in Encantadia; new Kapuso star takes her spot)
While she clarified that she has no regrets with what happened in her life, the Kapuso actress admitted that she is still in grief over not being able to portray Amihan anymore.
Kylie wrote, “Little did I know that it would be the one in blue that would burn me. Ironic right, the coldest colour.
“She burnt me to an extent that I am still grieving at not being able to bring her character to life anymore. (for reasons I do not regret)
“I’m not quite sure if it was because while working on the show Amihan was teaching me, what strength was through her character in the story.
“Or if it was because the longer I worked on her, the more I understood how much I had actually misunderstood her. How much I overlooked her.
“What took me most by surprise was how much heart her character possessed, but in silence. She was not loud, nor boastful, she was unsure of herself.
“But much like real life, after the heartbreak life had brought her, she grew into a braver much more exquisite woman. It was a surprise because the role of a sanggre played much more differently in my head.
“I thought it would be black and white, just a goddess in human form yet still stale and inhuman, in other words kind of boring.
“Boy, was I wrong. She was the one sanggre I had not thought much about but now, the one I could not have wished enough to play more.”