Actor-comedian Roderick Paulate's inclusion in GMA-7's upcoming primetime series Rosalinda does not put any wedge on his professional relationship with ABS-CBN.
Although Roderick is not an exclusive talent of ABS-CBN, he has been one of the Kapamilya Network's regular fixtures throughout the years, particularly in sitcoms.
In a conversation with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the press conference of Rosalinda last night, June 30, at the Studio 5 of GMA Network Center in Quezon City, Roderick clarified that his position remains the same as it was when he was still with the Lopez-owned network.
"This is just per project basis," said Roderick. His present manager, TAPE Inc. lady boss Malou Choa-Fagar, encouraged the veteran actor-comedian to consider any project that comes his way and accept if he likes it enough.
"If you like the offer, you like the project, do it. Artista ka," Roderick articulated Malou's point-of-view. "I share the same [principle]. Kasi emosyonal ako, e. Gusto ko 'yong project, gusto ko 'yong director, gusto 'yong cast, tapos siya [Malou] na bahala sa deal."
HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP. Roderick politely informed his ABS-CBN bosses of his decision to work with GMA-7. He said, "I did not burn any bridges. Wala. Welcome ako dun. If they have a good project for me, gagawin ko 'yon."
Curiously, Roderick's Rosalinda stint reunited him with the network's senior vice president for entertainment, Ms. Wilma Galvante.
"To tell you honestly kami ni Wilma, magkasama kami sa Broadcast City. Tapos nung nasa Broadcast City siya, gumagawa na ako ng show sa Channel 7 [Roderick was part of the '80s hit drama series Anna Liza, topbilled by the late child star Julie Vega]. So, nauna ako kay Wilma dito sa Channel 7!" laughed Roderick.
Roderick, who likes to do a game show in the immediate future, will portray the character of a flower-shop owner named Florencio in Rosalinda.
The local adaptation of the hit Mexican series features the tandem of newcomer Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann.
"Very honest," Roderick described Carla. "Siyempre nag-a-adjust pa siya. Pero kung susuportahan, para huwag nerbyusin 'yong bata. Meron siya, e, sa mukha meron siya. Kailangan buksan mo lang, medyo pigil pa nang konti, pero meron [star appeal] 'yong bata."