It wasn't easy for "Darna" star Jane De Leon to part ways with director Jerrold Tarog, who was initially tapped to helm the highly anticipated project back when it was still slated to be a movie release.
However, Direk Jerrold announced last month that he is begging off from the now television series due to "scheduling conflicts."
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Jane shared her reaction when she found out that Direk Jerrold will no longer be directing the series.
"Sobrang love na love ko 'yan si Direk Jerrold. I cried talaga [when he left the project]," Jane admitted.
"And I really do understand kasi 'di ba dapat ngayon na ang showing ng movie ng 'Darna' if ever, ngayong 2021. Pero kasi ngayon mayroon ng nakalaan na proyekto [for him] after Darna at ito na 'yung oras na 'yun for him to do that movie. Kailangan ko siyang suportahan, pero ibang-iba si Direk Jerrold," she said.
In the months that they have worked together, Jane said that she has found a brother figure with the director.
"He is like my brother. I can share everything sa kanya mapa-personal na buhay 'yan o trabaho. And sobrang thankful ako kay Lord na nakilala ko si Direk Jerrold, napakabait na direktor," she praised Jerrold.
Jane also said that she is aware about the rumors that Janine Gutierrez will be reprising the iconic villain Valentina.
"Ako, I'm really happy if ever na makakatrabaho ko siya. Kasi sobrang open naman ako kung sino ang puwedeng Valentina and it's a big opportunity for her, lalo na kapag nandito siya sa ABS-CBN sobrang maalagaan siya at lalong mahahasa talaga ang acting niya," Jane enthused.
Last December, Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes announced that Jane will be headlining "Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series" during her contract renewal with Star Magic.
Jane is also currently part of the long-time running primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano."
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