"Celebrating the superhero in all of us today and always!"
These were the words of Iza Calzado as she shared her thoughts on being chosen as the "first Darna" in the upcoming ABS-CBN series about the Pinay superhero.
Iza shared that becoming Darna was something she did not think would happen in her career as an actress.
"DARNA. I honestly never thought or dreamt I would be part of this iconic project even as a child growing up, wanting to be an artista. The journey to this has been 17 years for me with a lot of painful parts that I have come to accept with grace because I know this is part of my journey to becoming my own kind of Darna," she wrote on Instagram.
The actress extended her gratitude to ABS-CBN. She also remarked that God's intervention played a part in bagging this new role.
"Grateful to my ABS-CBN Family for this opportunity. I’ve learned to believe in Divine timing and I am so humbled by God’s plans," she said.
She added, "May this upcoming Darna series make us believe in the hero that exists in all of us because imagine the possibilities of coming together once we’ve all tapped into our super powers? What a beautiful world I see."
In an interview with ABS-CBN News to announce the role she will be playing in the Darna television series, Iza shared that it has been four years since she first had a meeting about it.
"I had a meeting in 2017 for this project so I’ve been attached to this project since 2017. Movie pa 'yun, ang dami nang dumaan, changing of seasons and people and nandito pa rin ako," she said in the interview.
She shared that she also underwent training sessions for her role.
"I’ve been grateful since that moment. I’ve done some trainings without giving out all the stuff. It feels like it’s been such a long journey to get here and the role I’m going to play is more meaningful than what I could have played before," she stated.