Action or romance? Why Daniel won't pick

by Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jan 24 2014 06:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2014 08:50 PM

Daniel Padilla in a scene from 'Sa Ngala ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak.' Screengrab

MANILA -- Daniel Padilla, who is popular for his "love team" with teen star Kathryn Bernardo, will let his fans decide which genre would best fit him as he gears up for the release of his debut action flick.

The 18-year-old heartthrob will co-star for the first time with other Padilla actors, including uncle Robin and father Rommel, in "Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak," which will hit theaters on January 29.

Robin, arguably the most accomplished of the Padilla celebrities with a 3-decade career, has credited Daniel for carrying the family name in showbiz, noting his high level of popularity.

"Tuwing sinasabi po ni Tito Robin 'yun at ng papa ko po, sobrang tuwa po, grabe po," Daniel told ABS-CBN News shortly after a press conference held Thursday for their first film together. "Pero sobrang effort ang kailangan ko gawin para gampanan 'yon. Pero masaya po ako at gagawin ko ang lahat."

Daniel, who rose to fame in 2011 for his tandem with Bernardo in the teen-oriented series "Growing Up," admitted he is not certain whether he will commit to action or romance as his signature genre as an actor. 

Daniel Padilla with on-screen partner Kathryn Bernardo in a promotional image for 'Got to Believe.' ABS-CBN

Currently enjoying the massive success of "Got to Believe," his second primetime series with Bernardo, Daniel said he would rather see which kinds of projects would get the strongest support from his fans.

"Hindi ko naman masasabi 'yon sa sarili ko. Makikita naman ng mga tao 'yan. Hayaan na natin na sila ang magsabi kung ano ang maganda para sa akin. Basta ako, gagawin ko kahit ano. Hindi naman kahit ano. 'Yung maayos lang," he said, laughing.

Asked on his personal preference -- whether he would want to take up an action-star image, following the footsteps of both his dad and uncle Robin -- Daniel said he would rather stick to his distinct style.

"Hindi ko masasabing pina-follow ka 'yung footsteps nila. Hindi naman sa hindi maganda. Bakit hindi naman sila gagayahin? Mga idol ko 'yan. Pero kung ano 'yung style ko, 'yun nalang gagawin ko," he said.

Coming off their first big project together, Daniel expressed interest in co-starring with other Padilla actors, this time in a possible TV series where they could show another side to them -- comedians.

"Gusto kong gawin 'yan. Magkakasama, ang ganda rin no'n," Daniel said. "Siguro after nitong 'Got to Believe,' tingnan natin kung pwede nating magawan ng paraan. Masaya siguro 'yun panoorin."

"Parang kasi 'yung Padilla, puno ng humor din. Puno ng humor kami pag kami-kami lang. Grabe ang saya," he added, when asked what would be a possible genre for the project. "May kaunting action siguro. 'Yung action kasi, dadalhin na namin sa sinehan 'yan, 'diba? Pero 'yung mga humor, iyon siguro, sa TV."