Sharon Cuneta was just 20 when she played Darna for a cameo appearance in the 1986 “Captain Barbel” movie.
So when the veteran actress-singer bumped into 19-year-old Liza Soberano, who had just been tapped to topbill Star Cinema’s adaptation of Mars Ravelo’s popular creation, did Cuneta offer her some tips?
Cuneta posted the photo of their chance meeting on social media although her caption suggests that she was still unaware of the day’s biggest showbiz news.
The coach of “The Voice Teens” wrote: “So I finished working with Team Sharon tonight, finished taping an interview, and then went down to my van.”
“And who do I bump into? You know how I like most every young star there is because each of them has something all their own to offer all of us? BUT this girl is my SUPER DUPER FAVORITE! Liza! Couldn’t help it, I really had to have photos taken with her!”
She added by sharing that her children, Frankie and Miel, love the actress.
In a previous interview, Cuneta refused to pick a replacement for Angel Locsin, who had to back out of the Star Cinema project because of a back injury. She did warn those interested in playing the superhero to be prepared for the physical demands of the role.
“Lahat ng body pains naramdaman ko. Sabi ko nga, ‘Pwede bang mag-drama na lang ako? Kahit limang balde iyong iiyak ko,” she quipped.
And while acknowledging that Locsin “perfectly” embodied Darna, Cuneta also explained that the mantle of the character has always been passed down to a younger generation — and that it should remain that way.
Since 1951, Darna has been played by nearly 20 different actresses for both television and the big screen.
“Darna is something na sadyang pinamamana,” she said. “Angel did a wonderful job. She was so beautiful and perfect as Darna kasi magaling siyang kumilos — alam mo iyong tough at feminine? Tapos siyempre she’s curvy, it goes without saying.”
“But Darna is really meant to be passed on to another of the new generation. It’s been like that. It’s a Filipino thing na pinamamana talaga. Hangga’t wala na kami dito, magkakaroon at magkakaroon pa rin ng Darna,” Cuneta said.
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