MANILA - Teen star Daniel Padilla has nothing but praise for his rumored girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo, and that working with the actress and other names in the industry has been a learning experience.
Speaking with ABS-CBN's Marie Lozano, the 19-year-old actor said that while he is often hailed as the "teen king" of the industry, he is a far from a finished product.
"Ako talagang kailangan kong galingan at pagtrabahuhan pa ang acting ko at mas mahalin pa ang trabaho kasi gusto ko talaga [maging] maganda 'yung movie," he said, referring to his upcoming film, "She's Dating A Gangster."
The latest of the Star Cinema offerings, which is based on a book of the same name, will again reunite Padilla with his "Got To Believe" leading lady.
Padilla hopes that the film will be able to replicate the success of their love team's past outings, which has all been commercially successful.
The horror film, "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay," their second big screen tandem, was among the most-watched movies in the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival.
"Ayaw ko masayang 'yung kagalingan ng mga katrabaho at ibang kasama ko," he said.
Padilla added he is glad to be working again with director Cathy Garcia-Molina, who was at the helm of their highly-successful television series.
"Ako pinagdadasal ko lang na sana 'yung movie maganda. Unang una direktor namin si Ms. Cathy. Tapos si Kathryn pa 'yung artista, eh si Kathryn naman, kahit may kailangan pang patunayan, eh magaling siya na artista," he said.
She’s Dating the Gangster, written by Bianca Bernardino, is a story about two teenagers, Athena Dizon and Kenji de los Reyes, whose pretend relationship eventually turns into something deeper.
While no official release date has been confirmed for the movie as of posting, Padilla teased that it may come out in July.