Last Monday, June 29, Marian Rivera wore the costume of Darna in the officially titled Narda TV series for the first time. Marian looked overjoyed, saying the experience was both fun and gratifying.
"Ang sarap i-imagine na talagang ako si Darna," Marian shared in an interview with Startalk. "Iba kasi ang feeling pag naka-costume ka, e. Siyempre, happy ako dahil pinagkatiwala sa akin ng management ang [Narda]at binigay nila ito sa akin."
The Darna costume boasts simple yet noticeable changes, giving the young actress her own identity for the role, which had been played before by top actresses like Vilma Santos. According to Marian, the costume was revamped with added accessories and designs. For instance, the color of the "lampin," as Marian calls the trailing cloth in front of her pants that gives her a new, polished look.
Marian can hardly describe how she feels whenever she puts on the costume, the vibes that make her utterly dedicated to the role. "Iba lahat, e," added Marian. "Halos lahat talaga, iba. Kapag sinusuot ko itong helmet ko, e parang 'Wow!' nagta-transform ako na parang nag-iiba. Iba talaga 'pag buo ang costume and feeling mo talaga na fight scene ito!"
NEW LEADING MAN. The success of the Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera team on the shows Marimar and Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang made people wonder if Marian could sustain interest without the assistance of Dingdong. When news about Darna came out, people speculated on who could possibly be a good candidate for Marian's leading man.
Well, along came Mark Anthony Fernandez and Marian herself was intrigued by his capability in treating his new leading lady. Marian took a positive attitude, though she admits, "Hindi ko siya kilala nang personal. Hindi pa kami nagkakaroon ng bonding moment."
Has anything changed with Dingdong's absence?
"Siyempre, nandito siya forever sa akin," smiled Marian. "Ganoon pa din, happy! Kung ano ang situation dati, ngayon ganoon pa din. Hanggang ngayon open kami palagi. 'Yan ang pinakaimportante sa lahat, ang trust."
IWA MOTO AS VALENTINA. Iwa Moto has been chosen to play Darna's arch-enemy Valentina, though news had it that the role was first offered to Katrina Halili. Rumors flew that Marian had something to do with who got the Valentina role. Did she actually tell management to offer the role to Iwa instead?
"Alam naman natin na magaling umarte si Iwa," Marian said. "Alam ko na malaki ang tiwala ko sa kanya na magagampanan niya talaga ang Valentina. Wala ako tinatanggi sa kahit sinong kasama ko o i-partner sa akin dahil artista lang naman ako. GMA-7 pa rin ang namimili kung sino makakasama ko."
SUPPORT FOR NEWBIE CARLA. Marian openly supports fellow Kapuso actress, newcomer Carla Abellana, because she sees herself in her. Like Carla, she was new to the industry and then she was suddenly offered a big break.
She added, "Alam ko feeling niya bilang baguhan. Nagbigay ako ng flowers sa kanya na para sabihan siya na congratulations at good luck sa show niya."