MANILA – Jessy Mendiola admitted that she is willing to audition for the role of Darna in the planned superhero film adaptation.
In an interview with DZMM in January, director Erik Matti admitted that Star Cinema has yet to find an actress who will replace Angel Locsin as Darna.
Matti said he suggested to the ABS-CBN film outfit to hold auditions for the role since it would require a lot of action scenes.
In a video uploaded by PEP on YouTube, Mendiola said it would be an honor for her to portray Darna in the upcoming film.
“Bakit naman hindi? [Audition] naman talaga ang dapat,” she said. “I am really happy and flattered that people want the role for me. I do want the role also. But kung kanino man mapupunta yon, I’m sure naman napag-isipan 'yan mabuti ng mga kataas-taasan.”
Asked how she would prepare for her audition should it push through, Mendiola said: “Proper training, proper workshop, proper guidance.”
“Ako kasi, ang tingin ko sa isang heroine, hindi lang yung physical or look yung pagiging hero. Kailangan yung personality niya, yung pinagdaanan niya, yung aura niya, kung gaano siya kalakas, kung paano niya tine-take ang mahihirap na bagay sa buhay, ‘yun ang superhero para sa akin,” she added.
In the DZMM interview, Matti weighed in on the actresses who are supposedly being considered to play the Filipina superhero.
According to Matti, Mendiola could be a good fit for the role, but he added: “Maputi lang siya masyado. Personal ko ito na comment ha, hindi ito comment ng ABS-CBN. Maputi lang masyado si Jessy. Pinay dapat.”