Four months since he officially became a Kapuso, Rafael Rosell now looks like a man who has hit his stride.
He’s presently part of the primetime series Temptation of Wife, where his character will soon meet and fall in love with Angeline/Chantal, who will be played by GMA-7’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera.
“I’m very happy,” he tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on December 2, at the Christmas party of Popoy Caritativo’s Luminary Talent Management, which handles Rafael’s career.
The 30-year-old actor adds that the people he gets to work with have been nice.
“Sobrang saya! I mean, I have to say naman dahil I can honestly say na ang bait ng lahat sa ‘kin kahit lumipat ako.
“Iniisip ko rin na baka dahil bago lang ako, pero up to now, ang bait pa rin nila.
“I can honestly say na they’re living up to their name. Mabuti talaga, e.”
Doesn’t he miss his friends in ABS-CBN?
His quick reply, “Oo naman, nami-miss ko naman siyempre yung mga kaibigan ko sa kabila.
"Pero yung ano kasi, dahil lumipat [ako], iniisip na lang nila na hindi na lang kami nagha-hang out, e. Sa TV lang naman ang pagkakaiba, di ba?
“Dito sa totoong mundo, wala namang network-network, e, wala namang network wars.”
STILL LOVELESS? Yes, he is single, and in a much, much better state.
It can be recalled that in 2009, his breakup with former actress Malaya Lewandowski had him going on a hiatus. (CLICK HERE to read story)
Rafael relates, “Nung nag-break kami, sabi ko, ‘I have to make some time for myself.’ Hanapin ko muna sarili ko, itsa-charge ko muna sarili ko.”
He found solace “sa dagat,” and went to La Union, Baler, and Batangas.
Without any tinge of bitterness in his voice, he shares one of his realizations.
“Ang tendency ko, after so many—dire-diretso, hindi ko na minahal ang sarili ko.
“Sa kanila na ako dumedepende sa pagmamahal.
“Ang confidence ko nga sa kanila, e.
“Hindi magandang uri ng [pag-ibig]—parang pa’no ngayon kung wala sila, di ba?
“I have to make myself at home.
"Simple lang naman, kasi yung aral is always give love, pero pa’no mo mabibigay yun kung ikaw kulang ka sa pag-ibig?
"So, pagbigay mo, ibig sabihin, nag-reach out ka na, di ba? You give love to yourself para pagbigay mo ng love, puro at para sa lahat.”
The heartbreak, he admits, was “pinakamabigat sa akin,” but after recovering from it, “I’m ready to work again, yun.”
PEP asks: Aren’t you dating?
“I’m gonna be honest with you, I don’t have a lovelife… I love life. Kaya tignan mo sa Twitter ko, di ba, may hina-hash tag ako lagi #LoveLifeALLways?
“And after ng one year na yun, napansin ko na tayo, oo, lahat tayo religious.
“Pero dahil sa emotions natin, may tendency na makalimutan natin yun.
“Ano nangyayari? Yung reaction natin, ang pangit. Ang pangit ng trato natin sa tao kapag depressed tayo.
“Pero I keep it in my mind na love life in all ways, kahit problema, mamahalin mo dahil may aral din ang problema, e.”
STILL CELIBATE? From lovelife, the topic moves to his self-imposed celibacy last year. (CLICK HERE to read story)
Smiling, Rafael quips, “One year lang. After one year of darkness, after one year of celibacy, one year of celebration.”
PEP contributor Ruel Mendoza remarks, “Parang firework?”
Rafael responds, “Hindi lang fireworks, versatile ako, e!”
On a more serious note, that stage, he says, was part of his healing process.
“Di ba, hindi ko na kayang mahalin ang sarili ko, di ba? So halimbawa, ‘pag may sexual ano… sobrang pagka-fragile ko baka magkaroon ng connection.
“Sabi ko, para mawala yung connection na yun, para safe, para ako lang, wala muna…”