GMA-7 dares to defy convention with a daring new drama series tackling homosexual relationship in My Husband’s Lover.
Topbilled by Carla Abellana, Dennis Trillo, and new Kapuso Tom Rodriguez, the primetime series will premiere on June 10.
Tom will play Carla's husband who has a gay lover (Dennis).
At the presscon of My Husband’s Lover last Tuesday, June 4, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Tom how he prepared for the role of Vincent.
He said, “Interview. Nag-interview ako ng maraming-maraming tao, nanood ng mga pelikula na dati… Brokeback Mountain, dati iniwasan ko talaga.
“Ngayon, pinanood ko dalawang beses. Kasi nung unang beses ko pinanood, hindi ko talaga matingnan.”
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 Ang Lee film that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger. The story revolves around the secretive and forbidden relationship between two cowboys.
THE BIG SWITCH. Prior to My Husband's Lover, Tom was cast in ABS-CBN's daytime series Be Careful With My Heart as the man who fathered the son of Aiza Seguerra’s character.
Tom was directly asked whether he was given a bigger offer by GMA-7 that he had to leave the Kapamilya network.
He replied, “It wasn’t because of that.
"Actually, nung inimbitahan nila akong mag-audition [for My Husband's Lover] at nakita ko yung materyal…
“Before kasi, I shied away from these kind of roles even though I was offered roles…
“Kasi feeling ko, as an actor, baka hindi ko pa kaya, baka hilaw pa ako, baka hindi ko magampanan nang tama.
“Pero nung nakita ko yung script for the audition, may takot ako na baka ganun din, baka hindi ko magampanan nang tama.
“Sabi ko, bihira lang dumaan yung ganito kagandang materyal. Sabi ko, 'Sige na, kunin na natin!'”
GAY ROLE. In the end, Tom took on the role of Vincent, a married man who is also in love with his gay friend.
The Pinoy Big Brother alumnus said about his character, “Sa amin naman po ni Dennis e trabaho lang.
“Masaya kami na naging parte kami ng pag-tell ng story ng mga characters namin, ni Vincent tsaka ni Eric…
“In that way, kahit ma-inspire namin yung mga tago man na lumabas, siguro nagagawa na rin namin yung part namin.
“Pero yung pinaka-goal talaga namin ay maipakita yung love story nung dalawang characters.
"So yun, yun lang naman yung habol namin dun.”
As a gay who doesn’t cross-dress and pretends to be a straight guy, how does he act out his role?
Tom said, “Siguro yung… dun ako una nag-struggle, e. Yung love na lang sa character, dun ako nagpo-focus, e.
“Kasi tao lang naman si Vince na hindi mo maaano sa nuances or characteristics… tao lang naman, e.
“It’s like, hindi mo puwedeng mapeke yung love niya. Kaya yung iniisip ko talaga, kung paano siya magmahal kay Eric.
“So hopefully, in that way, nakikita nung audience kung sino siya.”
According to Tom, being a part of the show has opened his eyes about the plight of closet homosexuals.
“Yung masasabi ko lang, being Vincent Soriano sa taping, ang hirap pala.
"Ang hirap ng pinagdadaanan niya. Imadyinin mo, people go through this, 24/7.
“Ako, nae-experience ko lang ng mga ilang minuto, ilang oras, hirap na hirap na ako. Paano pa kaya sila na every day?”
Was he ever a homophobic?
Tom replied, “Hindi naman.
"Kasi nag-spend din ako ng time dito sa Pilipinas so yung mga kaibigan ng ate ko, nakita ko naman na…
“Hindi naman ako homophobic na ano… pero siguro nagkaroon na rin ako ng experience na may pinagtatawanan, kinakantiyawan nung bata pa 'ko…
“Pero now na I’m older, mas ano, e, mas na-appreciate ko na ano… like having interviewed people, having heard their stories, yung pinagdadaanan nila, grabe.
“Totoo yung kanta ni Gloc-9 na minsan, mas lalaki pa sa lalaki ang bakla.”
Tom was referring to Gloc-9's hit song "Sirena".
HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONSHIP. Is it possible for Tom to have a relationship with a gay?
The now-Kapuso actor said, “Alam mo, hindi naman natin masasabi nang patapos, pero for now, masasabi ko talaga na hindi ko ma-picture yung sarili ko na mapunta sa isang ganung sitwasyon.”
Now that he understands what homosexuals go through, would he consider a relationship if someone asks him to?
“Depende sa sinasabi ng puso mo yung ganun. Hindi ko pa masabi kasi wala pa ako sa ganung punto.
"Pero siguro kung mahal mo yung isang tao, love is never wrong.”
But if he does get into a homosexual relationship, would he be proud of it?
“If you love someone, you should be proud of it. It shouldn’t be about gender, kung mahal mo.”
What if his future wife gets into a relationship with a lesbian, how would he take it?
“Ibang kuwento yun kasi infidelity is still infidelity.
"Talagang, if there is infidelity in the relationship, it means the relationship is not working, may mali sa relasyon.
“So kailangan, may kailangan kang baguhin. So either maghiwalay kayo o ano…” said Tom.