For Janella Salvador, portraying Valentina for the "Darna" series means two big things: it will be her first-ever kontrabida role and it marks her first big project after giving birth to son Jude.
At the grand media conference of the upcoming series held on August 8, the "U-Turn" actress admitted she actually had second thoughts before she accepted the antagonist role.
“Noong una siyang inoffer sa akin, actually nag-dalawang isip ako. I wasn’t sure if it was the right decision or if it was where I wanted to go,” she shared. “Na-realize ko, this is actually my first big project after giving birth. Ano'ng mawawala sa akin [kung itatry ko]? It’s such an iconic role and everyone would be honored to play Valentina for sure."
"So, kahit hindi ako sigurado kasi nga never akong nag-villain, nag-kontrabida, ito na... I read for the role in front of direk Chito (Roño) and I got it,” she recalled.
More than the pressure, the challenge for Janella is actually how she'll make her own version different compared to the previous portrayals of Valentina. She then revealed how she drew inspiration from one of the most unforgettable Valentinas, played by the late Cherie Gil.
“There’s a bit of pressure, pero aside from the pressure, I’m really excited," she gushed. "Pinanood ko of course the late Cherie Gil, one of the people who portrayed it really well. Of course, I want to make this my own. At the same time, gusto ko syempre tumatak siya," she explained.
The complexity of the character also factors into the struggle of playing the iconic role, according to the actress. "Aside from the fact that it’s also physically draining, it’s actually a very complex character. It’s quite difficult to act, and it’s emotionally draining as well," she said.
Starring Jane De Leon as Darna, the series will premiere this August 15 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, TV5, and iWantTFC.
Also part of the cast are Iza Calzado as the first Darna and Narda's mother Leonor, Zaijian Jaranilla as Darna's sidekick Ding, and Joshua Garcia as a cop named Brian.
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