One only needs to watch Liza Soberano's interview, where she broke down as she apologized to her fans for backing out of the "Darna" movie, to realize just how much the role meant to her.
"I let them down," she said, before turning her head away from the camera, letting out a smile as perhaps a last-ditch attempt to mask the sadness she felt, and crying uncontrollably.
Ever since it was announced that she was to inherit the mantle of the iconic Pinay superhero in place of Angel Locsin for the new big-screen adaptation, there have been criticisms.
To her acting skills, to how her conservative image might prompt a change in the beloved costume, to the way she speaks -- everyone, some harsher than others, has had something to say.
But making Soberano's decision to exit more heartbreaking was how little all that mattered in the end. What ultimately led to her stepping down was a cruel injury to her finger.
It's not that difficult to imagine the disappointment she's feeling at the moment -- losing the chance to prove her critics wrong due to an accident that could have been prevented -- so it's no surprise that many have rushed to try and console her.
Among them was director Erik Matti, one of the vocal few who believed in Soberano's capability to pull off the role.
"You would have been great for the part," she told the actress in a brief message he posted on Instagram after learning of the news. "I wish you all the best. Definitely, there’s life after Darna. Take care always, Hope. Don’t cry no more."
Matti was part of the "Darna" project but decided to leave last year due to "creative differences." He was replaced by Jerrold Tarog, best known for directing the acclaimed "Heneral Luna."
The "Darna" movie is still in development, with Star Cinema saying that they'll be holding new auditions for the starring role.