After joining showbiz almost two years ago via the teen-oriented show Gimik2010, Daniel Padilla has shown he has the acting chops to make it in showbiz. As Gino Dela Rosa in Princess and I, Daniel finally got the chance to delve into more dramatic scenes.
His mother Karla Estrada admitted even she was impressed by how much he has improved in his acting. “Natutuwa naman ako kasi nakakapag-deliver siya. Actually bago sa kanya lahat ito eh, yung pagkanta at pag-arte. But I am so happy kasi it came out naturally everything. Natutuwa ako every time napapanuod ko siya. Natural lang siya umarte. Yung hindi siya nag-e-effort and lumalabas naman ng maganda so masaya din ako sa ratings ng Princess and I at nakakapag-contribute si Daniel sa tagumpay nun,” she told Push.com.ph.
Despite her son’s busy work schedule, which also includes out-of-town shows and promotions for his first album Hinahanap-Hanap Kita, Karla said she has slowly learned to loosen her grip on her eldest son. “Ngayon mas maluwag kasi step by step naman yan eh. Nung bata pa siya hindi mo puwedeng palabasin mag-isa. ngayon okay na. Ang maganda kasi kay Daniel hindi siya lakwatsero, homebody talaga siya. So yun lang yung rota ng buhay, trabaho, bahay, mall sandali lang kasi minsan nagkakagulo na rin sa mall eh, so minsan kahit gustong-gusto niya, ganun lang. Kakain lang kami sa restaurant or dadalaw lang siya kay Kathryn (Bernardo), ganun lang talaga ang itinerary niya,” she shared.
Karla also stressed that fame has definitely not gotten to Daniel’s head, despite his fast growing fan base. She said that whenever he’s at home, he is still just like any regular teenager. “Actually kahit sa pera never na naging issue. Hindi mo maririnig kay Daniel yung tungkol diyan, wala siyang ano sa pera. The same pa rin siya, makulit pa rin actually,” she added.
During Daniel’s recent album launch, Karla and Daniel’s father Rommel Padilla both showed up onstage to surprise their son at the end of the show. And even though they parted ways years ago, Karla said she and Rommel still keep an open line of communication for their son. “Kasi alam ko na for DJ ‘pag kumpleto kaming dalawa na sumusuporta, alam ko na masaya siya and iba yun eh. Kasi kung ako lang, lagi naman niya ako kasama. Pero pagka-biglang nandiyan na yung papa niya, mas maganda yung dating sa kanya nun,” she said.
Karla said that Daniel’s siblings are also very supportive of their kuya’s career path. “Okay naman, masaya naman lahat. Wala naman masyadong adjustments kasi naging natural na lang yung pagmamahalan eh,” she added.
Karla also shared with Push.com.ph some lesser known trivia about her son. “Naku, sobrang maharot siya with the band (Daniel has a band called Parking 5). Alam mo yung tipong nabutas na yung dingding ng kuwarto niya sa kakaharutan nila! (laughs) Yun lang naman tapos makulit yan. Kasi yung banda niya, sila nung best friend niya na si Cedrick, kung humalakhak siya diyan, grabe. So hindi pa talaga sila yung binatang binata, playful pa sila, makukulit,” she said.