Many Filipinos are looking forward to Jane De Leon's upcoming portrayal of Darna, but there are also those who remain doubtful of the young actress' skills. In fact, Jane herself has acknowledged that she completely understands the negative comments recently thrown at her.
“Tatlo ‘yun: 'sino ba siya', 'saan ba siya galing', at 'wala siyang dating',” she shared in an interview with ABS-CBN Entertainment. “Puro ganoon lang naman, and I really do understand them kasi totoo naman sinasabi nila.”
Jane recounts that a lot of people were surprised to find out that a showbiz newcomer like her was given the opportunity to play such an iconic character. ICYDK, Jane actually didn’t audition for Darna at first because she didn’t have enough confidence to take on the titular role. “Naging Darna ako out of nowhere. And walang idea sa’kin ‘yung mga tao, [kung] sino ba talaga si Jane De Leon,” she said.
With this, Jane admitted that their feedback is totally valid: “Ako naman, opinion nila ‘yun, irerespeto ko nalang talaga ‘yun. Sino ba ako para pagbawalan sila sa nararamdaman nila, diba?”
Still, she also pointed out that some bashers were judging her too quickly. “Pero sa’kin sana, huwag muna silang mag-judge ng tao hangga’t hindi pa talaga nilang lubusang nakikilala,” she added. “I respect them basta don’t judge lang so quickly.”
Jane also reminded netizens that regardless of her acting skills, she worked very hard to get this opportunity. “I just want to let them know na lahat ng ito, pinaghirapan ko talaga,” she said. “It’s a process. Before ko makuha ang isang opportunity, marami akong pinagdaanan. Maraming mga tinanggal sa’kin si Lord, marami akong iniyak.”
Most importantly, though, Jane stressed that she doesn’t need to prove to herself to anyone at the end of the day. “Soon, I think I don’t need to push them na magustuhan nila ako as a person or as Darna. Nasa kanila na ‘yun. Basta ako, I’m just being me. I’m just being myself, and I’m just being real with everybody,” she concluded.
You can watch Jane’s full interview here:
* This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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