Imagine the first scene that Joy meets Ethan in Hong Kong in Cathy Garcia-Molina’s box office hit, “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, and seeing Liza Soberano instead of Kathryn Bernardo, and Enrique Gil instead of Alden Richards.

Well, that could have been it, said ABS-CBN Films Managing Director Olivia Lamasan in an interview recently, revealing that the film was originally planned to be a LizQuen vehicle when it was first made.

“And then it became Kathryn and DJ (Daniel Padilla), and then Kathryn and Alden,” she said.

As to why they decided not to cast Liza and Enrique, Olivia stated that the actress was at the time busy preparing for her role in the “Darna” movie, which she ended up needing to withdraw from soon after due to her finger injury.

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‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ became the highest grossing PH movie of all time in 2019

As for why it starred Alden and not Kathryn’s onscreen and off-screen partner Daniel, Olivia stated that it was a time when Daniel himself wanted to take a break from the love team.

In a previous interview, Daniel admitted that he thought it was time for them to have their own individual projects.

“We discussed that after “The Hows of Us” that we will rest first [as a love team],” he said.

The film made P880.6 million when it was released in 2019, besting the previous record holder for the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time, “The Hows of Us”, which also stars Kathryn Bernardo.

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Daniel Padilla declines the role to take a break from KathNiel projects

(Photo Source: Kathryn Bernardo InstagramGood News PilipinasPhil Star)