Angel Locsin feels flattered that Liza Soberano wants to make her proud as she takes on the role of Darna.
Liza was officially announced to portray the much-coveted role last May 2017.
Angel previously portrayed the Filipina superhero in a television series in 2005, which was a huge success.
“Nakaka-touch. Nakita ko nga yung interview niya,” says Angel about Liza’s statement of wanting to make Angel proud.
The actress was interviewed at the Avon Fashions Bag Collection press conference, held last September 27 at Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Angel, 33, adds: “I’m already proud [of Liza]. As in sobrang proud ko na sa kanya kasi nung nag-usap kami before, na-mention nga niya na kinakabahan siya. Pero siya kasi talaga ang first choice ko, sinabi ko na sa kanya and alam kong kayang-kaya niya talaga.”
During her time, Angel recalls that she had to research about the history of Darna and the actresses who previously portrayed the eponymous role.
“Ako kasi nung nag-Darna ako, nag-research ako sa mga past Darna. Nanood ako and bawat pelikulang napanood ko, may iba-iba silang pinakita, so wala talaga yung Darna na iisa lang for me, kasi bawat artista, binigyan nila ng bagong flavor,” explains the Kapamilya actress.
She continues, “Itong si Liza is very blessed kasi ang dami pa niyang reference and ang ganda na rin ng technology ngayon, so abangan n’yo. I think magiging sobrang ganda ng Darna na ito.”
Although she is no longer reprising the iconic role, Angel is just grateful that many people still associate her with Darna, which only proves that she has given justice to the role in the past.
“Thank you kasi part ng history ko 'yon. Kung makalimutan din naman kasi yon, masakit din para sa ’kin kasi pinaghirapan ko yon,” she explains.
“Hindi naman sa parang kini-claim mo na ikaw pa rin, pero parte kasi ng history ko 'yon, parte ng pagkatao ko.
“Yun lang naman yung sa ’kin, so nata-touch pa rin ako pag nasasabi sa akin na, ‘Hi, Darna.’ Pero hindi ko kini-claim yung trono kasi binigay ko 'yon nang buong-buo talaga.”