MANILA — Nadine Lustre agrees with Kathryn Bernardo on not switching leading men to prevent “gulo,” or trouble, between their respective fanbase.
Aside from being regarded as among the top actresses of their generation, Lustre and Bernardo are popular for their respective love teams JaDine and KathNiel.
Both women also happen to be in real-life relationships with their onscreen partner: Lustre with James Reid, and Bernardo with Daniel Padilla.
The prospect of Lustre and Bernardo being paired with each other’s boyfriend came up in the August 5 episode of “Tonight with Boy Abunda.”
Similar to an earlier challenge to Bernardo, Lustre was asked to say yes (“Indak,” after the title of her latest film) or no (“tadyak”) to certain Kapamilya actors as her next leading man.
Lustre said yes to a possible pairing with Piolo Pascual, Coco Martin, and Enrique Gil; and said no to Joshua Garcia, explaining he’s too young, and Gerald Anderson, declining to give a reason.
The last on the list was Padilla, prompting Lustre to pause to think of an answer. When host Boy Abunda mentioned that Bernardo had said no to the prospect of a project with Reid, Lustre ultimately agreed.
“Yeah, I respect that. Tadyak na lang. Para nga walang gulo. I respect,” she said.
Due to being contemporaries and having similar career breakthroughs with the help of a “love team,” Lustre and Bernardo have been the subject of fierce debates among their fans, with some considering them showbiz rivals.
The two, however, have only had kind words for each other, and have even expressed interest in teaming up for a project, given the right material.