After much teasing, ABS-CBN has finally revealed the face of Darna’s arch-nemesis, Valentina, and she’s none other than Janella Salvador. Before bagging the role, Janella had to go through a nerve-wracking audition process which she nailed thanks to her supportive partner Markus Paterson.
In an episode of Kapamilya Chat, the Viral Scandal actor shared deets about the process Janella had to surpass to become the modern-day Valentina. He said Janella was holding back, scared that she might have lost her acting chops after a year of acting hiatus. In those moments of doubt, Markus would give Janella the most encouraging words. He would tell her, “The talent that you have for this craft will never go away. You just have to tap into it again and believe in yourself the way I believe in you.”
Three or four days after the audition, Janella was informed that she got the role. “Best feeling!” said Markus.
In what seems like a manifestation, there was a time Markus told Janella his wish to own a pet snake. “Matagal na akong may admiration for reptiles. I’ve always wanted to buy a snake for the house.” But, turning her mommy instinct on, Janella thought it was a bad idea to keep a snake in the house as it might compromise their son’s safety.
Markus let Janella win, telling her. “Okay, good point. Alagaan natin anak natin.”
But now that she’s playing the goddess of snakes, Janella suddenly wanted to buy a snake. Yup, they now have a pet snake that Janella brings on the set of Darna: The TV Series. They call their snake Versace, “Tuwang-tuwa siya do’n. She loves her, honestly. I knew she would but she was just scared.”
By the sounds of it, Janella will have no problem acting alongside real snakes for her role.
Watch out for her portrayal as Jane De Leon’s enemy in Darna: The TV Series soon on Kapamilya channels.