ABS-CBN talent Jane de Leon paid tribute to all the actresses who previously played the iconic role of Darna in celebration of International Women's Day last Sunday, March 8.
In an Instagram post, Jane uploaded the photos of Nanette Medved, Cong. Vilma Santos-Recto, Anjanette Abayari, Regine Velasquez, Sharon Cuneta, Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, and Rosa Del Rosario, who all portrayed the iconic superheroine created by the late Filipino comic book artist Mars Ravelo either on film or TV.
Jane also included Liza Soberano's photo in her post, although technically, she wasn't able to portray the character either on film or TV.
Jane considers these women as her inspiration for playing the role of Darna in the upcoming Star Cinema remake helmed by film director Jerrold Tarog.
Her caption read: "I respect and salute all these women (and to all the Darnas before them) who became a symbol of a strong and independent Filipina.
"The voice of their generation who have been continuously doing their part as superheroes behind the costume through their individual achievements, efforts, and advocacies to help humanity and nature in general.
"You are all and will always be an inspiration today and onwards."
MEETING OTHER DARNA STARS
Jane was able to meet Marian at a Belo event last November 27, 2019.
Marian is the last actress who portrayed the character for GMA-7's teleserye remake of Darna, which aired in 2009.
Jane wrote, "Happy to finally meet you po @marianrivera Thank you for all your kind words and sana magkawork po tayo soon."
In an interview with PEP.ph last December 10, 2019, Jane recalled her short encounter with Marian.
She said, "Super-bait din naman niya. I was so happy talaga, at nag-share din sa akin si Ate Marian ng mga previous work sa Darna, at kung ano ang mga ginawa niya. Ganoon din kahirap yun. At saka kung ano ang stunts noon, at kaiba rin sa stunts na gagawin ko."
Angel Locsin was still with GMA-7 when she top-billed the telefantasya Darna that aired from April to November 2005.
Jane also shared a bonding moment with Liza over dinner last November 2019.
She told PEP.ph, "Si Liza, nag-dinner na kami last time. Yeah, nag-uusap kami ni Liza sa text kapag hindi siya busy.
"Nag-a-advise siya sa akin, at may sini-share din ako sa kanya. Nabubuo na ang friendship naming dalawa, and she’s a nice person.
"Mabait siyang tao, kaya doon ko nasabi na deserving siya sa blessings na natatanggap niya."
Jane has yet to meet Angel but she looks forward to bonding with her if given the chance.
In May 2017, Liza was announced as the new Darna for the upcoming Star Cinema remake. The announcement came after Angel decided to withdraw from the project due to a spinal injury. Liza also had to withdraw from the film due to a fractured finger.
In July 2019, Jane was announced as the new Star Magic talent playing the role.