It’s no secret that filming Hello, Love, Goodbye, now officially the Philippines' highest-grossing film of all time, was extremely challenging for Kathryn Bernardo. She went way out of her comfort zone to be able to portray the struggles of her character, Joy, an Overseas Filipino Worker in Hong Kong. For the role, she learned how to clean the toilet, give a pedicure, and do other typical tasks of a helper. The cast and crew were told to minimize interactions with her, so that she could really feel Joy’s loneliness. She was even banned from speaking to boyfriend Daniel Padilla!
But it turns out that it was Daniel who kept her going through it all. “He was my support system, my rock, my strength. We were hundreds of miles away from each other, but not once did he make me feel alone. There were times I almost gave up—I felt exhausted, drained, and too lonely as I was too immersed in the character of Joy. It was one of the hardest things I’ve experienced both on and off cam. But this guy, he kept me going,” she said in an Instagram appreciation post.
They exchanged selfies every day, and Kathryn had “a pillow with his t-shirt and scent on, which I hugged every night and every time I felt like crying. I know it sounds a bit childish, but that also kept me going.”
“DJ, my love, you kept me going. Since day one, you were my biggest supporter and my number one cheerleader. I know how hard it was for you to let go of my hand, but despite that you still allowed me to fly. You know how scared I was being away from you, too, but you stayed strong for the both of us. You kept reminding me, ‘Kaya mo ‘yan, mahal. Konti na lang!’ You never gave up. You never gave me a reason to doubt myself or us.”
“So to be honest, ‘thank you’ is not enough to cover everything I feel—because it was your love that made all of this possible. I hope I made you proud, my love. I couldn’t have done this without you by my side. Your success is mine; my success is yours.” BRB, dying from sweetness!
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