Teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla refuses to admit that he has become the “flag-bearer” of the famed Padilla showbiz clan.
“Hindi naman sa pagiging humble, pero yun naman talaga yung totoo, e.
“Talagang wala pa akong karapatan para sabihin na ako yung nagdadala dahil wala pa talaga akong nagagawa,” the young actor told the media today, July 2, at a press conference that announced his endorsement of Lily’s Peanut Butter with his actress-mother, Karla Estrada.
The product is another addition to his growing list of endorsements that include a pasta brand, a clothing line, an international fast food chain, and a coffee product.
He added, “Napakatagal na ni nila Tito Robin at ni Papa [Rommel Padilla] sa industriyang ito kaya [dahil] sa kanila pa rin talaga kung bakit tumatayo ang mga Padilla.”
INTRIGUES. Along with Daniel’s instant popularity in showbiz comes the nasty rumors and social-media bashing.
A recent issue thrown at the young actor was that he allegedly performed on stage under the influence of alcohol.
An unaffected Daniel had this to say, “Oo nga, e. Ewan ko.
“E, kasi minsan pag kumakanta ako, yung actions ko, mukha yata akong lasing. Mukha akong lasing, di ba?” the young actor said, laughing off the issue.
How is he dealing with all the intrigues?
“Wala, hindi ko na lang pinapansin. Wala namang intrigang puwede kang patumbahin, di ba?”
It’s a matter of accepting and learning to handle the intrigues the right way, according to Daniel.
“E, kung masyado ka namang malambot, tinanggap mo na parang [ang] OA-OA mo naman, di ba?
“Pag di mo na lang pinansin, okay lang.”
ONE FEAR. Daniel’s nonchalant and laidback demeanor, while appealing to fans, comes off as overconfident and arrogant to some.
The Got to Believe star tries not to let the matter get to him.
“Masaya ako napapakita ko ang totoong ako. Hindi kailangan magpanggap.”
Daniel believes, “Naiinggit lang po yung mga yun dahil hindi nila kayang gawin.
“Dahil sa’n ba nanggaling lahat ng mga ’yan? Inggit lang naman.
“Kaya kung may mga gano’n, mas natutuwa ako dahil … wala, e, maraming naiinggit, hayaan na lang.”
Meanwhile, he keeps focused and dedicated to his fans.
“Hindi nagbago yung suporta at mas tumitindi pa, so sobrang thankful ako…
“Yun ang kinakatakutan ko na baka one day, mawala na lang… na mawala ito nang biglaan.”
Daniel continued to express that his greatest fear at the moment is not really losing the popularity he has achieved, but rather losing the love he gets from his supporters.
“Hindi naman yun ang [habol] ko.
“Actually, yung pagmamahal ang maganda sa akin.
“Kasi ’yang success-success, dumadating sa lahat ng tao ’yan.
“Pero hindi nila nakukuha yung sobrang daming pagmamahal na nare-receive ko, di ba?” stressed the young actor.
He said that he shifts focus away from the fame, like earning his own money to help out with expenses at home.
Recently, Daniel has invested in a house for his family.
“Masasabi kong ganun talaga ako. Walang labis, walang kulang,” Daniel reiterated, emphasizing that he tries to keep it real.
HANDLING FAME. In Hollywood, child actors as Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan grew up troubled due to achieving fame at such a young age.
Daniel insisted that such is not the case with young actors like him in the Philippines.
“Wag na natin ikumpara dahil hindi dapat natin ikumpara ako sa kanila.
“Grabe naman yung kasikatan nung mga taong yun.”
He is able to place himself in their shoes, however, describing their situation as “normal.”
Daniel pointed out, “Normal na minsan hindi naha-handle, hindi naman in a bad way dahil iba yung press ng States, e. Masyadong aggressive, e, di ba?”
He said that the paparazzi could get aggressive and if he were the one in their place, he would blow his top.
“Kung mangyari sa akin, yun, magagalit din ako.
“May karapatan ka rin bilang tao na magalit.
“Hindi naman porke’t artista ka, e, wala kang karapatan para magalit,” said Daniel.
The young actor, meanwhile, trusts that he is able to handle his popularity. And this he owes to his parents.
“Oo, andiyan naman magulang ko, e. Hindi naman nagkukulang.
“Oo, talaga. Pasalamat ako [sa kanila] kasi hindi nagkukulang sa akin,” proudly told the young actor.