Kapamilya actress Iza Calzado revealed that she was actually the first choice to play Darna in the 2005 telefantasya of GMA Network.
But the iconic role eventually went to Angel Locsin.
And the Pinay superhero role catapulted Angel to stardom.
Now that Darna will be made into a movie again by Star Cinema, and after news came out that Angel finally withdrew from the project, several names were mentioned as possible candidates for the role.
Iza is one of those being mentioned.
During her blogcon for the ABS-CBN primetime series A Love To Last, Wednesday night, March 29, Iza revealed that she almost played Darna when she was still with the Kapuso network.
“That’s my story. I was asked to be Darna even before Angel was asked.
“Let us not forget that I have lost a hundred pounds, my body is not a conventional body,” related the actress, who weighed more than 200 lbs. when she was younger.
However, Iza clarified that she loves her body, and despite her physical imperfections, she worked hard to be fit.
“I’m not saying it’s not nice because I will fight for this.
"I worked hard for this. It’s nice, it’s mine, I love it.
“It takes a little bit of effort to love it, but I love it nonetheless.”
“DARNA IS PERFECT.” Because of her physical flaws, the superhero character did not go to Iza. It was given to Angel instead.
“Alam mo yun, it’s not perfect,” said Iza, referring to her body.
“And Darna has to be perfect. She has to be like an Angel Locsin and an Anjanette Abayari.
"And I cannot and will not be able to give that.
“So let us not compromise naman what Darna is supposed to be wearing that and doing all those scenes kicking and whatever."
Iza admitted that not getting the Darna role, "hurt in the beginning."
She added, “But now, no.
“It’s not for me. It never was.
“There are other things for me and I accepted that.
“I know it is not for me and I would be so happy for the person who will land the role of Darna, but rest assured it is not me.”
In a previous interview, Iza confessed that when she was tapped for the role of Darna, she went through the knife in an effort to prepare and to “fit” the role.
Iza said in an interview with The Bottomline with Boy Abunda three years ago, “Siyempre, nakaka-pressure yun.
"When I was younger, ha, parang they expected me… I looked like I could be Darna, but hindi talaga puwede.
“Tinap po ako para sa isang malaking role na kinakailangang mag-two piece.
“They sat me down. So, minadali and I went through operations, because I had to lose skin.
“Di naman nabago nun yung ibang imperfections na meron ako and, to be perfectly honest with you, it cost even more imperfections.”
The role, as mentioned before, eventually went to Angel.
ABS-CBN officially announced last week that Angel will no longer portray the Pinay superhero in a movie to be produced by Star Cinema.
ABS-CBN has yet to announce the name of the actress to portray Darna.