While he’s working on the Precious Hearts Romances series Mana Po, Tom Rodriguez is also busy gearing up for the Voiz Boyz concert on February 18 at the Music Museum as well as being on the remake of the 1980 film Temptation Island. The Fil-Am actor said he has already talked to Dina Bonnevie (who was part of the original film) about it. “I worked with Ms. D on another network na kasi. I told her na kasali ako sa Temptation Island. Sabi niya sa akin kailangan galingan ko. She’s really nice,” he said in an exclusive interview with Push.com.ph.
Tom admitted that he has no problem getting into more daring roles, especially since Temptation Island is known for its sexy theme. “I’ve shown skin before in my role sa Precious Hearts Romance Presents: My Cheating Heart and Here comes The Bride. As long as it’s tasteful and hindi naman malaswa, why not,” he shared.
In his latest Precious Hearts Romance series Tom plays the role of Johnny Santos, the childhood friend of Brandy Dela Paz, played by Melai Cantiveros. “Sobrang in love yung role ko kay Brandy. As in sobra-sobra. Hindi siya napapansin kasi best friend lang yung tingin sa kanya. Andun yung longing pero hindi niya makuha-kuha. Nasa harapan na niya pero hindi niya pa rin makuha yung affection ni Brandy,” he said. Tom said he understands where his character is coming from because he’s been in a similar situation before while he was in the States. “I’ve felt like that but maybe not sobrang in love. I had a crush on someone, parang unrequited crush,” he added.
Tom told Push.com.ph that he is enjoying his current project because of the fact that he gets to hang out with his former Pinoy Big Brother housemates Melai and Jason Francisco. Because of their love triangle in the story, Tom said he can also understand why it’s not hard to fall for Melai in real life. “Sobra siyang maalagang tao, sobrang bait. She’s so caring. Even when we were inside the house up to now na nandito na siya, even after all the success, ganun pa rin siya, maalaga pa rin. Maasikaso siya and she’s really down to earth. Still really nice.Tsaka kung makita niyo yung cover nung magazine na andun siya, ang ganda niya dun. Sino ba naman hindi magkagusto? Ewan ko na lang, kung makita nila yun, kung ‘di ba naman sila ma-in love dun,” he admits.
When it comes to beauty, Tom has always been vocal about his admiration for Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador. But now, the PBB hunk admitted he finds Imortal actress Maricar Reyes to be a standout beauty. “My current crush is Maricar Reyes. Talagang crush ko yun. I’ve had a crush on her before pa. She’s got an aura about her, she’s so regal. She has that aura about her, just so regal and elegant. Parang those 1950s actresses in the US like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, parang ganun yung aura niya,” he admitted. But despite his attraction, Tom said he has yet to introduce himself to the mestiza beauty. “Nakasalubong ko lang siya sa mga showbiz gatherings pero I never talked to her. Sobrang torpe ako, hindi ako ganun. I’ll just admire her. ‘Pag crush ko kasi, hindi ko makausap, hanggang hi hello lang ako,” he explained.