Growing up as the daughter of Philippine Cinema’s “Bad Boy” is as anyone imagined it would be.
Kylie Padilla, 20, recalled playing paintball with her action-star father, Robin Padilla, and being teasingly wrestled by him until she fought her way out of his grapple.
She remembered being fascinated by her father’s collection of guns and being taught to handle the firearms with discipline. She was 10 at the time.
Robin wants his children to know how to defend themselves, explained Kylie in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and a member of the press last January 9, Thursday.
The star of GMA-7’s “fantserye” Adarna revealed that she spent her childhood immersed in martial arts—Wushu, Taekwondo, Arnis, Kendo, and her expertise, May Thai.
Starring thus as a deep penetration agent who engages in shootouts with the Mindanao mafia Kuratong Baleleng in Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak is indeed up her alley.
Kylie said it would seem that her whole young life prepared her for the role.
“Nung kinuwento na sa akin yung character, parang kilala ko na siya. I don’t know,” Kylie says, amused.
She added that there was something admirable about Anna, her character, and her ability to fight for her beliefs and defend herself.
“I think, just the mere fact na may nararamdaman akong ganun, nakaka-relate na ako sa character ko,” Kylie beamed.
PROMISING ACTION-STAR. In the eyes of the movie's director, Spongky Villarin, Kylie is a promising action star.
At the bloggers’s conference of Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak last Thursday, Villarin averred that the young actress could be the genre's female version of Robin Padilla.
Asked to comment on the filmmaker’s estimation of her talent, Kylie let out a squeal before she remarked gleefully: “Sobrang saya ko!
“Hindi ko alam kung bakit sinabi ni Direk yun.
"But I think it’s because marami akong ginawa sa movie na hindi nakasulat sa script.”
She said that improvising moves came naturally to her while filming the scenes.
Moreover, her father’s advice came in handy: “Pagdating sa action, dapat lakihan daw yung mga movements para mukhang cinematic.”
Of course, her Hollywood idol, actress Angelina Jolie, was a big help too.
The Adarna star relayed that it was, in fact, Robin who made her watch Salt, an action flick wherein Angelina Jolie portrayed a Russian spy.
ACTION STAR’S DAUGHTER. Kylie is grateful to have a father who raised her as a fighter.
“Si Papa pinalaki kami parang mga lalaki, e.
“Kinalakihan na namin yun. So gusto ko talaga mag-action, kasi gusto ko patunayan ang sarili ko.
“There’s just something with kicking ass! Lalo na pag babae [ka].
“It’s sexy!” Kylie teased, with a sparkle in her eyes.
Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak is headlined by Kylie with Robin Padilla, Daniel Padilla, Matt Padilla, RJ Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Bella Padilla, and Rommel Padilla.
The film hits the theaters beginning January 29, 2014.