"Hindi nila ako sineryoso," quipped Julia Barretto, talking about how her "audition" for Darna went. "Sabi ko nga, 'Maghuhubad na ba ako? Kasi ready na ako.' Wala, tinawan lang nila ako."
"Baka ayaw nila."
The young actress is well aware of the criticisms that might go her way if she ever she do somehow get the coveted chance to portray the Pinay superhero: her funny answer suggests as much.
There's a certain level of maturity to her joke. She understands that some roles are just not meant for you, that perhaps Darna's costume — a symbol of female empowerment — is one size too big.
Though this means that she thinks the inverse is also true. She feels the exact opposite about the part of Hazel Ilagan, the woman she plays in her upcoming movie, "Between Maybes."
Hazel is an actress struggling to live up the success she achieved as kid, brutally described as a "has-been" in the official synopsis. Fed up, she escapes to a remote fishing town in Japan.
"Timely dumating si Hazel sa buhay ko. We were going through the exact same thing. Pareho kami ng experience," Barretto shared.
She explained that while her motives differ a bit from Hazel, the need to breathe, the need to find oneself, and the need for clarity were something that she truly could relate to.
"Between Maybes" is directed by Jason Paul Laxamana and Black Sheep, the same production studio behind the hit "Alone/Together."
It is set to debut in cinemas this May 15.
Barretto was speaking at a media conference held for the movie at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City this Thursday.