All eyes are now on newbie actress Jane De Leon.
The 19-year-old Star Magic talent has been unveiled as the next Darna, the iconic Filipina superheroine.
Star Cinema's managing director Olivia M. Lamasan made the announcement early today, July 17, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.
Talent-management group Star Magic and online ABS-CBN News are part of the Kapamilya network.
Jane is the third actress, after Angel Locsin and Liza Soberano, who has been picked by Star Cinema to play Darna, a film adaptation of comics material that's been on the burner since 2015 and has yet to begin its first shooting day.
Angel, who had played Darna in GMA-7's 2005 television series, was a favorite to play the local heroine when she transferred to ABS-CBN in 2007. But she had to drop the project because of a spine injury.
Liza, one of the most bankable and most beautiful faces of the Kapamilya network, was touted as the next exciting Darna. But she had to bow out following a finger injury, which occurred while she worked on her teleserye Bagani and which has required three operations.
Here are a few things to know about Jane, the new Darna:
1. Her full name is Jane Florence Benitez de Leon.
Explaining her name, the 19-year-old says, "Galing siya sa grandmother ko, which is Jane... Florence, 'cause yung sister ng dad ko is Flor. Her name is Flor. 'Tapos yung dad ko naman is Ruel Florencio. So, naging Florence ako."
If she wasn't named Jane Florence, her parents would have picked either "Hyacinth," "Amapola," "Jade," or "Joey."
2. Her nickname is Chynise.
In her self-titled vlog, she tells: "Nung baby pa daw ako, para daw akong Chinese pag nagsasalita. Ang naka-isip naman nung [Chynise], yung brother ko."
3. Jane grew up with strict parents.
She has four half-siblings and one full brother.
About her family, she shares this: "Strict ang parents ko, especially my daddy. Sobrang strict.
"Lahat, six talaga kami. Pero kay mommy, dalawa lang kami ni Kuya.
"So I'm the youngest, ako yung bunso, so bantay sarado."
3. She will turn 20 on November 22, 2019.
4. She loves animals.
Jane grew up with pets in their home. She loves cats and dogs.
In her vlog, Jane reveals that her face was scratched by her pet cat when she was a kid.
"May kalmot po ako diyan. Mga panahon na yun, I'm five years old."
5. What scares her?
"Kung tatanungin niyo ako kung saan ako natatakot, ayoko ng butiki."
Cockroaches, she can live with.
6. Jane leaves her hometown in Laguna to be near work in Quezon City.
She explains, "Nag-move ako dito sa QC, para near lang sa ABS-CBN.
"Para in case of emergency, like biglaang pagtawag for go-see or whatever work.
"Mabilis na lang."
7. She doesn't like pink clothes.
Jane says, "Siguro when it comes to stuff or things, ayoko ng pink... kapag sinusuot ko na, like tops, ayoko ng pink."
8. Jane's first dreams were of becoming a doctor or a soldier.
"Gusto ko po talaga maging doctor or sundalo."
9. She grew up playing with boys' toys.
"Nung bata pa ako, mas pipiliin ko pa yung mga laruang panglalaki kesa pambabae."
10. She likes horror movies but cries when she watches them.
"Kapag horror movie, umiiyak ako, hindi ko alam kung bakit. Siguro mas naa-appreciate ko yung story.
"So if ever makakasama niyo ako sa cinema tapos horror yung pinapanood natin, maririnig niyo ako sa tabi niyo na [sumisinghot]], gumaganun.
"Kasi naaappreciate ko yung story talaga."
Two of her favorite horror movies are Annabelle (2014) and Insidious (2010).
11. She doesn't like softdrinks and juices because "feeling ko, uuhawin ako lalo."
Watch her vlog below: