Jane de Leon recalls hardships in her showbiz journey before Darna ‘big break’
Jane de Leon makes sure to keep her feet on the ground despite being the newest “Darna” star by recalling how she entered the showbiz industry.
The actress penned a message to her younger self as she turned 21 years old last Friday, Nov. 22. She accompanied her post with an old photo of herself as a kid in what appears to be a pageant.
“Dear Past Jane, [y]ou just entered an extremely tough industry girl!” she said in her Instagram post on the same day.
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Dear Past Jane, You just entered an extremely tough industry girl! I know exactly what you’re feeling right now — the uncertainties, the insecurities and the constant fear of not knowing if you’ll ever get your big break. Life is tough, and I know it’s hard for you to commute with that bulky luggage of yours, from workshops to castings to shoots like you used to before. Naalala mo ba yung time where you had to run after a bus dahil alam mong you'd be late if you missed it? Kumusta naman yung mga panahong halos sa ABS ka na matulog dahil wala kang sapat na pera to head back home to Laguna after your workshop? And that one time you almost called it quits when things didnt work your way? You were always tired and exhausted and yet you didn’t give up. So I’m reminding you now NOT to give up; Huwag ngayon, because big things are about to happen. I promise!!! GOD has been so good and gracious to you. Be thankful always on all these blessings that have come your way. Magpasalamat ka lang lagi sa Panginoon at sa lahat ng naging parte ng journey mong ito. We’re almost there! Kaya AJA!!! Love, Present Jane #21stBirthday
“I know exactly what you’re feeling right now — the uncertainties, the insecurities and the constant fear of not knowing if you’ll ever get your big break,” she added.
De Leon then recounted how she used to commute with a “bulky luggage” from workshops, castings and shoots. She pointed out one instance wherein she had to run after a bus because she knew that she would be late if she missed it.
The actress even revealed that it is like she almost slept in ABS-CBN because she did not have enough money to return to her home in Laguna after an acting workshop.
“And that one time you almost called it quits when things [didn’t] work your way?” she stated. “You were always tired and exhausted and yet you didn’t give up.”
She ended her message with a reminder to her past self to not give up “because big things are about to happen,” and to be thankful for the blessings that have come her way.
Meanwhile, Iza Calzado later took notice of de Leon’s post, and gave her some advice.
“Laban lang (Just keep fighting) and always remember that an attitude of gratitude will take you a long way,” the seasoned actress said. “Happy Birthday, Jane! I wish you all the best!”
De Leon was named the new “Darna” star in July after Liza Soberano withdrew from the project. Soberano withdrew due to a finger injury she sustained while taping for the 2018 TV drama series “Bagani”. JB
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