The Pambansang 'bhe' on self-acceptance-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CEBU CITY — Kapuso actor Bartolome Alberto Mott, true handle Tom Rodriguez, was in Cebu on Friday to serenade 24 Queen Candidates at a pre-pageant fashion show (Queens by Cary Santiago) in Ayala Center Cebu. The event was also organized in celebration of Pink October.
GMA Network’s sensitive television series My Husband’s Lover concluded on Oct. 18. The dust of infidelity and unorthodox romance have settled. How was it for Vincent Soriano (Rodriguez), the husband who had a lover?
The 26-year old Fil-Am gentleman relates the experience.
Sun.Star Cebu (SSC): Your role in the primetime hit was quite a gamble. Why did you accept it? Any special preparations?
Tom Rodriguez (TR): It was my first time to portray a closeted homosexual. Initially, I was scared even before the audition. There were no exclusive acting workshops of sorts. Actually, I only had a half-day to familiarize with the role and from there, slowly built up myself for the character—studied the script, gathered related materials, did interviews for tips. I poured out my effort into the post because of the challenge. I was up for it. I knew I would regret it if I declined Vincent.
SSC: People are calling you bhe (or baby, an endearment used between lovers). How do you react?
TR: It’s flattering. I take it as a compliment. Sarap ng feeling. I mean, how could you shoo away something that you’ve been trying to justify while you still have the chance?
SSC: What can we expect from you after the series?
TR: A more hardworking actor. I’m taking time off but I’ll definitely explore other roles, different dramas. I dream to star in action movies. Becoming a conceptual artist is another story. I just sealed a contract with GMA last September. Career-wise, I hope to make the most of it. I’m excited.
SSC: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from My Husband’s Lover?
TR: Nagbago ang pananaw ko sa mga bhe. The show was not just mere entertainment. It was a revelation, a powerful medium which others, who are possibly going through the same battle as the main characters, would be able to relate to. It’s an eye-opener and a refresher altogether. With all the typecast in the society, acceptance of oneself is not as easy as it sounds.
SSC: Bartolome, Tom or Vincent, what is your message for everyone?
TR: Be true to yourself.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.