Actress Janella Salvador has finally given fans a glimpse of her pet snake, which she got after bagging the role of Valentina in the upcoming Mars Ravelo's Darna: The TV Series of ABS-CBN.
On her Instagram page on Sunday, December 5, the Kapamilya actress shared several photos of herself with her five-month-old snake, Versace.
"Hello, world. Meet Versace, my 5 month old baby girl," she simply captioned her post.
As of this writing, more than 140,000 netizens have "liked" the photos, most of whom, going by the comments on her post, had an increased anticipation surrounding her portrayal of Valentina in Darna: The TV series.
It was in November when Janella, 23, was introduced as Valentina, the serpent queen and main nemesis of the iconic Pinoy superheroine Darna, in the upcoming series topbilled by Jane de Leon.
At the time, Janella revealed owning a pet snake which she named after the Italian luxury brand Versace, when asked if she's ready to hold an actual snake for her role as Valentina.
"Alam niyo ba guys mayroon ako actually na alagang ahas? So sanay na ako sa ahas. Kayang-kaya ko 'yan," she said.
In the Darna: The TV Series, Janella will play Regina/Valentina, a lawyer and vlogger who is cursed with deadly snakes for her hair and would later become Darna's archenemy.
She was handpicked by the series's director, box-office filmmaker Chito S. Roño, out of all the many actresses who tried out for the role.
"I'm very, very honored to be chosen among the many, many actresses who auditioned for this role. I'm sure they were all equally as amazing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Direk Chito Roño and ABS-CBN for giving me the opportunity to portray this iconic role," said Janella during the #ValentinaReveal in November.
The actress also promised to live up to everyone's expectations, "but also [to] make [Valentina] my own."
Aside from Janella, those who are part of Darna: The TV Series main cast are Joshua Garcia as the series's "male lead", a police officer named Brian; Zaijian Jaranilla as Darna’s sidekick Ding, and Iza Calzado as the original Darna and Narda’s mother Leonor Custodio.
Other cast members include Rio Locsin, Kiko Estrada, Simon Ibarra, Young JV, and Joj Agpangan. Produced by JRB Creative Productions, a target release date for Mars Ravelo's Darna: The TV Series has yet to be announced as of this writing.