Acclaimed director Chito S. Roño chose Janella Salvador to play Valentina for a reason.
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Direk Chito said that he believes the young actress is capable in portraying his modern vision of Valentina for the highly-anticipated “Darna: The TV Series.”
“We’re modernizing Valentina. Totally kakaiba sa dating Valentina!” he clued viewers in on what to expect from Darna’s nemesis.
He then spoke highly of Janella, saying, “I haven’t really seen her (Janella) that much except for when she auditioned and I was kinda impressed. Hindi ako na-disappoint sa audition niya. I think she would do justice to the character of Valentina. Janella would not only be capable but also interesting to do that different kind of character.”
It was revealed last Friday, November 19, that Janella is set to play the serpent queen Valentina who is the archenemy of iconic superheroine Darna played by Jane de Leon.
Janella, who was handpicked by Direk Chito among many auditionees, expressed her gratitude for the rare opportunity given to her.
“First of all, I am very, very honored to be chosen among the many actresses who auditioned for this role. I am sure they are equally as amazing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chito Roño and ABS-CBN for giving me the opportunity to portray this iconic role. I promise to live up to everyone’s expectations but also make it my own,” she said.
This series marks Janella’s TV comeback after a year-long hiatus. Her last acting stint was in the TV series “The Killer Bride.”
Joining Janella and Jane in the series are Iza Calzado, Joshua Garcia, Kiko Estrada, Rio Locsin, and more. No official premiere date has been released yet.
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