When actor Tom Rodriguez accepted the offer to play closeted
homosexual Vincent in the GMA 7 drama series “My Husband’s
Lover”, he knew the role would be the biggest challenge
in his career so far. What he didn’t expect was that he’d
become the talk of the town via his very nuanced portrayal of
a conflicted married man torn between his wife Lally (played by
Carla Abellana) and his lover Eric (played by Dennis Trillo).
“When I heard about the audition, I had that apprehension,
that fear. Nung nakwento sa akin yung theme or the type of show
that it was gonna be, I froze. Namutla ako, to be honest,”
Actually, Tom became more than just a local sensation. The Kapuso
actor is now being watched all over the globe through GMA Pinoy
TV. Even non-Pinoys try to follow the unusual love triangle of
Vincent, Lally, and Eric—despite not knowing a single word
of Tagalog. “My Husband’s Lover” and its numerous
hashtags are constant trending topics on Twitter Philippines,
and the show continues to be the subject of Philippine—and
“Puro mixed emotions pa rin hanggang ngayon. Andoon yung
pressure - pressure to continue giving a quality product or quality
show for the viewers. And, at the same time, I’m very happy
for the buzz that has been created and we’re so thankful
for the fans who are responsible for it,” Tom said regarding
the success of “My Husband’s Lover.”
A native of Samar, Tom migrated to the United States when he was
12 years old. Born to an American father and Filipina mother,
the actor (real name: Bartolome Mott) got his start in showbiz
via a rival network’s reality show. He appeared in a number
of critically and financially successful shows, including 2011’s
“Temptation Island” produced by GMA Films and Regal
Entertainment with Kapuso stars Marian Rivera, Solenn Heussaff,
Lovi Poe, and Heart Evangelista. He also played the title character
in the Philippine stage adaptation of the musical “Aladdin”.
But “My Husband’s Lover” has proved to be his
tipping point as an actor, the breakthrough of his career.
He credits Carla and Dennis as the best possible co-actors for
this kind of show.
“I get to work with a multi-awarded actor. It’s always
a bonus because you get to learn so much that you wouldn’t
get otherwise”, Tom said. “Same with Carla, because
she is a natural, very talented actress.”
As expected, “My Husband’s Lover” received a
bit of scrutiny from religious and conservative sectors. But Tom
isn’t concerned about this.
“For me, I always make it a point to stress that everyone
is free to have their own opinion. But you still need to have
that level of respect for each other. Each of us may not have
the same opinon, but we’re free to express them. So with
that, I have no qualms because we’re secure with what we’re
doing,” he said.
The Kapuso actor added, “As long as GMA and the people are
happy with what we’re doing, that’s the only thing
that matters to us because we’re only here to entertain
“My Husband’s Lover” can be seen worldwide on
GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA.
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