Liza Soberano hopes to make Angel Locsin proud after being named as the new Darna.
It may be recalled that Angel, who was supposed to reprise the role she once portrayed on television, gave her blessing to Liza by giving her Darna comic books.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, Liza said, "I’m really happy and I’m overwhelmed na sinusuportahan niya ako
"Iba yung feeling na si Ate Angel mismo na she really thinks that I would be able to make it as Darna and that’s something that I would take with me forever.
"I hope that I make her proud."
Last Sunday, June 11, Liza shouted "Darna!" for the first time on live television on ABS-CBN's variety program ASAP.
According to the 19-year-old actress, she is overwhelmed by the warm reception she received after the news broke that she is officially portraying the Pinay superheroine.
"First time ko po ulit lumabas sa TV since nag-announce po na magda-Darna po ako.
"Like on live television. So parang may aftershock pa. I was really overwhelmed with all the greetings that I got earlier."
However, she admitted that the pressure is on now that people are getting to know her more as Darna and not Liza.
"Lahat ng tao, ang tawag sa akin Darna hindi na Liza. Ewan ko pero medyo na-pressure ako!
"You know that everybody’s watching you, so siyempre medyo kabado ako on my part.
"But I’m also confident that I will be able to succeed as a good role model to the younger generation."
FIRST TIME WITHOUT ENRIQUE. In the same interview, Liza revealed that her love team partner Enrique Gil is happy that she got the lead role in Star Cinema's upcoming film adaptation.
"He is very proud of me, talagang sinuportahan niya ako.
"I said I was kind of nervous kasi siyempre after a long time of working together with him all the time, first time ko gagawa ng project na hindi siya kasama."
Liza admitted that she started feeling jitters doing a project without Enrique after portraying Pia Wurtzbach on Maalaala Mo Kaya.
"E, siya nakagawa na siya like Dukot. Sabi ko, bakit hindi ako sanay na hindi siya yung kaeksena ko?!
"Like, naranasan ko sa MMK, parang it feels really weird to be without him," admitted Liza.
The actress then revealed that her love team partner gave her good advice.
She recalled, "Sabi niya, 'If you really want to be a professional actor, you have to learn how to work with others as well.'
"Of course, I’ll keep that in mind. I’m excited to work with other people as well."
As for the cast members of the upcoming Darna movie, Liza cannot give any details yet.
"I have no idea who I’m gonna be with in this movie. Kahit si Ding, hindi ko po alam.
"Pero wala pa po talaga akong alam. So far, hindi ko rin alam kung merong love interest si Darna..."
No playdate has been announced yet regarding Star Cinema's adaptation of Darna.