Editor’s Note: Scouting for the new Darna wasn’t a simple one-time audition process. It took as many as five tries before it was decided that 20-year-old Jane De Leon was perfect for the role. She underwent a public audition, a special audition for artists, a final call, and callbacks with ABS-CBN executives—without having the slightest clue that she’d landed her biggest, most life-changing role to date.
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Nalaman ko yung audition ng Darna through my managers in Star Magic. They told me, “Jane, may pa-audition sa Dolphy Theater!” This was the first audition—the public audition na in-announce nationwide. Ang pagkaalam ko pa, kontrabida ang role. Sabi ko, “Once pa lang ako naging kontrabida sa movie. Sige, try natin! Wala naman masama kung i-try.” So yung first audition hanggang second audition, akala ko kontrabida yung role.
Although may nagsabi sa akin na mag-try din ako mag-audition for Darna, hindi ko talaga alam na yun na pala yun. They changed the name of the character and that was the twist. Kaya sabi ko, “Huh? First day pa lang si Darna na ang ina-audition ko?" Wala talaga akong idea. Yung video na naging viral sa Youtube, dun ko lang nalaman.
Halos pareho lahat ng process when it comes to auditions sa mga projects. First you meet the production team, then the director. Magbabasa ka ng lines with them. After that, it’s with action na.
At first I was nervous. Normal syang kabahan ka pero alam mong hindi makatulong sayo pagpasok mo sa audition room. Ang ginawa ko is sinabi ko sa sarili ko na huwag ka mag-expect, basta mag-audition ka because any role is an opportunity.
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Photographs courtesy of Jane De Leon's official Instagram