“We discovered the new Darna!”
This was the opening declaration of Olivia Lamasan, managing director of ABS-CBN Films, when ABS-CBN News asked about the recent Darna project update.
Almost 300 celebrities auditioned for the iconic position— from Star Magic and Starhunt to talented scouts and camps.
De Leon, 20, and Star Magic’s exclusive talent, has appeared in a number of TV projects, including “Halik,” where she played sister Maggie Bartolome of Jericho Rosales. She also appeared as one of the moonchasers in the 2017 fantasy drama series “La Luna Sangre.”
Darna’s director, Jerrold Tarog, defined De Leon as an instinctive actress.
Tarog lastly submitted the audition tapes to ABS-CBN leadership for deliberation after a series of callbacks. And when Tarog was asked to make her decision, he chose De Leon. Lamasan said it was a unanimous choice.
De Leon was totally shocked to hear the news and now she’s ready to embark on a fresh chapter on her career with her greatest break as Darna!