After establishing himself as a dramatic actor, Tom Rodriguez takes on the challenge of hosting via GMA-7's newest game show, Don’t Lose The Money.
At a presscon last September 15, the 26-year-old hunk shared that being a TV host for the first time is both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.
“It’s so overwhelming. Naramdaman ko yung sobrang nerbiyos nung dry run.
“Talagang, ‘Wow, nandito na ako.’ Iba yung pakiramdam.
“It’s the first time I’m doing anything like this—hosting tapos ako lang mag-isa.
“Natatakot ako. Kaya buti na lang inalalayan at tinuturuan nila ako,” he began.
ON BEING COMPARED TO LUIS AND DINGDONG. Asked how he feels about the possibility of being compared to ABS-CBN’s TV host Luis Manzano, Tom easily replied, “That’s amazing. I look up to him. I looked up his videos just so I have an idea.
“Sila nina Sir Edu [Manzano], Sir Richard [Gomez]. I looked up a lot of Filipino hosts here in the field.
“I learned a lot from them. And for me to be compared at least in any small way, ang sarap. Wow.”
Another entertainment reporter observed that Tom seems to be following the footsteps of Dingdong Dantes, who ventured into acting and TV hosting as well.
Tom, for his part, took it in a positive light.
“When you say GMA and you think about the leading men there, Dingdong Dantes first comes to mind.
“To be able to say na we have the same career path, no, he has had the longevity.
“If I can have even just half of that, ok na ako.
"I’m very happy na nandito ako,” Tom humbly stated.
OVEREXPOSURE. Tom further shared that he’s still learning the ropes in terms of hosting a game show.
As it is, he barely has time to rest given his hectic schedule for taping the daily primetime series My Destiny as well as shooting the horror film T'yanak.
“We’re still finding that level of comfort kasi ang hirap ngayon, e.
“It’s such a very challenging month for me. Nagkataon kasi this month nagkasabay sabay lahat ng project.
“Pagkatapos ng My Destiny sa madaling araw, condo lang, pahinga konti, tapos punta na dito [sa studio].
“Pagkatapos ng heavy drama [at] iyakan, kailangan high energy, kailangan happy. Tapos babalik na naman sa drama tapos tatawid ka ng horror.
“Tapos yung added [pressure] pa ng Bench [The Naked Truth fashion show] na kailangan mag-diet.
“Kaya hindi ko pa masasabi na this is the most comfortable I am on stage.
“I have a feeling na next month, ‘pag natapos na yung ibang work na ginagawa ko, and I really focus my attention here, I think I’m gonna enjoy it more.”
Asked if he ever felt hesitant about accepting the project for fear of overexposure, Tom maintained that he just feels blessed to be entrusted with a lot of opportunities by the Kapuso Network.
“I try to take it in positive way.
“You have moments of doubt, you have moments na you really feel na it’s too much. That’s normal for everyone.
“Kahit anong klaseng trabaho siguro, kahit na nagtitinda ka sa sari-sari store or naglalako, may mga oras na mapapaisip ka na, ‘Ang hirap, ‘di ko na kaya.’
“Pero you just have to think na, ‘Kaya ‘to, kakayanin,” he beamed.
A successful franchise from Germany, Don’t Lose The Money will start airing on September 24, weekdays right after Basta Every Day Happy.
Directed by Mark Reyes, this game show features two competing teams with three members each. The team that emerges with the biggest amount of money, after finishing all the exciting challenges, gets to take home the money.