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Jane de Leon unfazed by bashers for ‘Darna’ portrayal

August 20, 2019

What she thought was a callback last July 17 turned out to be the biggest surprise for Jane de Leon, finally chosen to play Darna in the nth remake of the Mars Ravelo classic, this time under Star Cinema.

Jane bested more than 300 hopefuls who auditioned for the part shortly after Liza Soberano withdrew from the project in April due to an injury.

Surrounded by network executives, the 20-year-old successor to the iconic role was nearly in tears but assured all she will try her best to measure up to their expectations.

Early on, Jane had earned notice from top Star Cinema resident director Olive Lamasan back in the Star Magic search as she stood out among her batchmates.

A former member of the all-female group Girl Friends that debuted on “It’s Showtime,” Jane has since had a string of one-time exposures via “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and “Ipaglaban Mo,” among others, until she was regularly cast in “La Luna Sangre.” She was last seen in “Halik” where she played Maggie, sister to Jerico Rosales.

Immediately after the new Darna was announced, Liza had sent Jane a congratulatory message even wanting to meet up with her.

“She really wants to treat Jane out for dinner to personally convey how happy she is for her,” Ogie Diaz, Liza’s manager, told Vignettes. Liza though couldn’t schedule it until she’s done with her thrice-a-week occupational therapy which ends this month.

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Jane de Leon

Angel Locsin, who played the iconic role on GMA, also wished Jane the best of luck.

Some netizens, however, have taken to social media their resounding disapproval of Star Cinema’s final choice alleging that Jane’s looks have been enhanced based on her old photos. Particularly, they took note of Jane’s eyes, nose and chin.

Her now-fair skin, too, is reportedly the result of “glutathione.”

In showbiz, it is inevitably sad that newbies who get the chance to do plum roles get into a web of intrigues. Either they have a dark past or a problematic present that is likely to stifle their success in the future.

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Liza Soberano

This early, Jane needs to do a Darna who’s dauntless enough to face such challenges, and yes, emerge victorious in the end.

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GUESS WHO? This beauty queen-turned-actress (BQA) is really such a character. Known to the entertainment media, BQA has this habit of “competing” with members of the press every time a showbiz event culminates in distribution of freebies.

And she does that even in the middle of interviews.

“For example, she’s swarmed by reporters interviewing her, kapag napansin niyang nagkakagulo dahil bigayan ng giveaways sa press, ipapahinto niya yung interview. She’d call out to the person in charge of it, ‘Uy, ako rin, pahingi ako niyan. Make it three!”

That is even if BQA hardly has any idea what the giveways for the press are, “Basta gusto niya, siya rin may take home. Pero imbes na mainis ka, you’ll get amused.”

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