His "La Luna Sangre" character turned into a cold, manipulative vampire who is planning a noble war to end his own race and the lives of the werewolves to save humanity.
But Daniel Padilla sounded so far removed from his role as the heartless Tristan as he gushed about how his relationship with co-star Kathryn Bernardo has changed over the past years.
Speaking with Push, Padilla described Bernardo as his "partner" whom he deeply loves.
"Ngayon talagang we're partners and alam namin na mahal namin ang isa’t isa at wala nang makakatalo pa doon," he said.
He also opened about how they're more "relaxed" now when they're with each other, and that they rarely pay any attention to those criticizing them and their closeness.
"Kung ano man ang sabihin ng mga tao sa kanya o sa akin, parang hindi na namin pinakikinggan dahil mas kilala namin ang isa’t isa. And alam namin [ang totoo]," he teased.
Padilla and Bernardo were first paired in 2012's "Princess and I." Since then, the two starred in numerous other projects, growing closer after each one. It led to them admitting that they're "exclusively dating" back in 2016.
Currently they are the stars of "La Luna Sangre," an ongoing fantaserye that airs on primetime ABS-CBN.
The latest twist saw Padilla cheat death after being revived as a vampire. He's now scheming a plot to save humanity, but at the cost of his own race and the life of the one he loves, Bernardo's Malia.
He touched upon the changes his character went through in the same interview, saying: "Actually iyong Tristan before is different from the Tristan now."
"Kasi iyong dati ay mas expressive, loud, and masayahing tao. Pero now na vampire na siya and as a vampire wala tayong puso, paano natin tatantyahin 'yun 'di ba?"