'Encantadia' star Kylie Padilla: Get to know the new Amihan
MANILA, Philippines – Kylie Padilla hardly needs an introduction.
She's practically showbiz royalty, as her father is Robin Padilla, but she has proven herself time and again in the industry – with her own impressive efforts. (READ: Kylie Padilla says despite famous family, she's keeping it real)
After doing last year's family drama Buena Familia and Josephine Bracken in Illustrado (2014), Kylie returns as sang'gre Amihan, the keeper of the Brilyante ng Hangin (wind jewel), originally played by Iza Calzado in Encantadia.
Here are some awesome facts about the new Amihan:
1. She initially wanted to get the role of Pirena and has been training in martial arts even before the show.
During an interview after the grand press conference of the show last July 13, Kylie shared that her father Robin Padilla initially wanted her to do become an actress in the action genre.
"Kaya naman pumayag si Papa na mag-artista kami is because akala namin, mag-aaction lang ako. Action star ang pangarap namin ni Papa. So naramdaman ko yung saya niya because we both waited for this.
(The reason papa allowed us to become actors because he thought I would do action roles. Papa always dreamed for me to become an action star. So I really felt his happiness because we both waited for this.)
However, this took 6 years before it finally happened.
"Three years ako nag-training in action – in muay thai, in arnis, in gymnastics, in taekwondo, in wushu. Pero 6 years din na puro drama din yung binigay sa akin. So okay naman ako doon kasi gusto ko din maging accomplished actress," she said.
(I trained for 3 years in action – in muay thai, in arnis, in gymnastics, in takewondo, in wushu. But for 6 years, all the roles given to me was in drama. I was okay with it because I wanted to become an accomplished actress.)
Then the auditions came for the new Encantadia series – but she wanted to take on the role of the guardian of the Brilyante ng Apoy (fire jewel), Pirena.
"But then nung dumating ito, nung sinabi na may mga auditions, first na-attract ako kay Pirena kasi siya pinakagustong lumaban, angas and everything," Kylie said. "Plus red pa, favorite color ko."
(But then when this opportunity came, when they said there were auditions, I was initially attracted to the role of Pirena because she's the fighter, the courageous one and everything. Plus she has the color red which was my favorite.)
"But nung nalaman ko ang pinakamahusay pala sa labanan ay si Amihan, I fell in love with Amihan, and it’s not just about the opportunity to be come an action star, it’s also about giving my best performance para kay Amihan," she added.
(But when I found out that Amihan was the most skilled in combat among the sang'gres, I fell in love with Amihan, and it’s not just about the opportunity to be come an action star, it’s also about giving my best performance for Amihan.)
2. Kylie is artistic.
Kylie is into various forms of the arts. She particularly likes painting and makeup, even doing tutorial videos herself.
In an interview in 2014, Kylie said she fell in love with makeup because of K-Pop, citing Girls Generation as a favorite.
Kylie also tries to paint and sketch in between her busy schedule. Check out some of her works:
3. Kylie is also a singer.
Did you know that Kylie also sings? She recorded her album called Seasons back in 2014, with its carrier single, "Gitara."
4. She is very close to her siblings.
According to Kylie, she and her siblings bond by playing video games on the PlayStation.
"Tapos nag cocosplay din kami nung bata kami. Gumagawa kami ng mga home movies," she shared. "Si Ate Queenie yung director, tapos ako at si Zhen yung mga artista. Tapos biglang papasok din siya. Kami din yung writer, kami din yung costume designer."
(We used to cosplay as kids. We also do home videos. Ate Queenie is the director and Zhen and I are the actors, and then she would come in later. We were also the writers and costume designers.)
5. She's a bit hesitant with wearing daring outfits.
In a 2011 interview with the Inquirer, Kylie said that growing up her parents were strict when it came to how she and her siblings dressed up. But as she went into acting, they became more lenient, considering the demands of certain roles.
Her parents, Robin and Liezl Sicangco, are Muslims, and the Islamic religion has particular beliefs when it comes to modest clothing.
When she saw the costume for Amihan in Encantadia, she admitted to having apprehensions, as the sang'gre's warrior gear can be considered quite daring.
"Nakakagulat nga kasi it was an issue for a while in my career – yung magpakita ng skin. Then nung nalaman ni Papa na si Amihan, sabi niya 'Sige. Go, anak. Gawin mo na iyan,'" Kylie said.
(It was surprising because it was an issue for a while in my career – showing some skin. Then when Papa found out it was Amihan, he said, 'Sure. Go. Just do it.')
6. Kylie admitted to getting nervous acting alongside Marian Rivera.
In an interview with 24 Oras, Kylie said she got nervous doing a scene with Marian, who plays Ynang Reyna Mine-a in the show.
"Hindi ko naman alam na ganun 'yung mangyayari sa 'kin. Pumasok na rin 'yung respeto [ko] sa kanya," she said.
(I didn't really know that I was going to be that nervous. Then I have such respect for her.)
But in the end, the nervousness went away, and Kylie even described Marian as "sobrang bait (really nice)" and cool to work with.
Now that Encantadia is finally back on TV again, Kylie said she is looking forward to how the fans would receive it.
"Sobrang excited ako pero mas excited ako para sa mga Encantadiks. Para sa inyo lahat 'to (I'm very excited but I'm more excited for the Encantadiks. This is all for you)," she said. – Rappler.com