From debuting on TV as a teen darling, Janella Salvador is now this generation's Valentina, her first-ever villain role, in Mars Ravelo's Darna. This iconic role comes at a perfect timing, as she marks her 10th anniversary in the entertainment industry this year. See this young actress in her sexiest cover feature to date—here's a behind-the-scenes look at her Metro cover shoot.
It is the first time this 24-year-old actress is portraying the role of a villain in her decade-long entertainment career, making the experience both challenging and exciting at the same time. From debuting as the teen darling in “Be Careful With My Heart” 10 years ago, she returns on screen sexier and more empowered than ever, after giving birth to her son Jude.
In JRB Creative Production’s modern adaptation of “Darna,” Janella is set to showcase duality with her characters Regina, a fearless lawyer and vlogger, and Valentina, the serpentine queen who is Darna’s ultimate rival.
“[Valentina is] very different from everything I’ve played before. Usually, mabait, or [ako] ’yung inaapi. This time, I’m the bad guy,” Janella shared with a smile. “When I read some of the sequences, the script, I fell in love with [Valentina] because it’s really different and she’s [a] kontrabida with a heart.”
This cover was photographed by Seven Barretto of Studio 7 Manila, with conceptualization by Christina Lopez and creative direction by Erwin Botin of Botin Studios. The shoot was executed under the supervision of Metro People section editor Grace Libero-Cruz. Janella’s glam team was composed of makeup artist Carissa Cielo Medved, hair stylist Mark Rosales, and fashion stylist Perry Tabora along with his associate Kris de Leon. Gian Escamillas was in charge of the video executions. Photography assistants Claude Villahermosa and Dariel Miraflor and staffers Red Dimaandal (Metro managing Editor) and Raff Colmenar (Metro art director) were also part of the shoot. The cover story was written by Metro staff writer Renee Nuevo.
Janella’s latest Metro covers are in collaboration with JRB Creative Production and Star Magic as part of the #MetroXStarMagic30 series of covers in celebration of the talent management’s 30th anniversary.