GMA Primetime drama series My Husband’s Lover held its first mall show last Friday (June 28) at Robinsons Place Imus in Cavite.
Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez, Karel Marquez, Victor Basa, Kevin Santos and Bettina Carlos graced the event and even prepared production numbers to entertain fans and mall-goers.
Dennis, Carla and Tom each rendered a song number but what really made the audience cheer was when Tom re-entered the stage while Dennis was performing. He then offered his co-actor a first bump, which is a gesture that has been associated with the “bromance” between Tom and Dennis’ characters in the series.
Dennis, Carla and Tom thanked their fans and avid viewers for their continued patronage of the series. They also promised to deliver a better episode each night and to roam the country by way of a nationwide tour for the benefit of regional viewers.
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Kapuso actors Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez may be sweet on screen in their primetime series on GMA-7 “My Husband’s Lover” where they portray as gay secret lovers, but they are not turned on by each other in real life.
In an interview with Tom during a recent mall show in Imus, Cavite, the actor told GMANetwork.com that every time he does a scene with Dennis, he puts himself in the shoes of his character, Vincent, a closet bisexual.
Tom explained that since his character in the series is far from his personality in real life, he motivates himself to act based on the experiences that Vincent had gone through in the story and so, even if the scene is intimate, he doesn’t have to be “turned on” by his co-star.
“Nag-usap kami ni Dennis na kailangan mag-show through na mahal namin ang isa’t isa as Vincent and Eric kasi sa totoong buhay friends lang talaga kami. ‘Yun ang challenge namin: na we have to transcend ourselves at hindi yung mga sarili ang isipin namin kundi ang mga characters namin,” shared Tom.
Tom also commented on CBCP’s (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines) reaction to their show.
“Every one is entitled to his own opinion naman e. Criticism is OK with us. Sa amin naman kasi we’re just trying to entertain the audience and show this love story,” Tom reasoned.
“My Husband’s Lover” is Tom’s first project after he transferred from ABS-CBN to GMA Network. He admitted that, as a newbie, he did not set his hopes too high that his first project would be a really big break for him. For Tom, the success of “My Husband’s Lover” was a pleasant surprise, something that he will always thank the heavens – and GMA Network, for that matter – for.
“Actually kung titignan mo ‘yung storya ng ‘My Husband’s Lover,’ makikita mo na hindi talaga naka-focus ito sa homosexual/heterosexual affairs kundi sa isang love story na nangyayari talaga sa totoong buhay, regardless of gender,” added the actor.
When kapuso actress Carla Abellana began working on the series, “My Husband’s Lover,” she was quite anxious about how the series might be received especially by conservative viewers who might be “allergic” to the controversial topic of homosexuality and homosexual relations.
“My Husband’s Lover” is a story that revolves around Lally (Carla’s character) who marries a closet bisexual named Vincent (Tom Rodriguez) who has not gotten over his feelings for his ex-boyfriend Eric (Dennis Trillo).
Although the series touches on the homosexual relationship between Vincent and Eric, Lally perspective serves as the pivot of its story.
To many, the show owes its success to the uniqueness of its story and its boldness to discuss a very controversial topic, which in many communities are still considered taboo.
Since the launch of the series in June, it has consistently been a trending topic in the Philippines and in several episodes, worldwide, in the micro-blogging site Twitter. It is also widely discussed in other social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, in blogs and in the mainstream media.
In an interview by GMANetwork.com during the mall show of “My Husband’s Lover” in Imus, Cavite, Carla claimed that she thinks that the show is her most successful TV project yet.
“Ito yung masasabi kong pinaka-successful kong project at feel ko na pinaka-blessed ako,” she said.
She added that she is overwhelmed by how warmly the show was received by the viewers.
“Honestly hindi ko ineexpect talaga kasi ako naman kapag nabibigyan ng project grateful ako, I put all my focus pero hindi talaga ako nag-eexpect ng kahit ano kasi ayaw kong ma-disappoint or ma-distract,” shared the actress.
“Kakaiba siya, it’s the first time talaga na may kakaibang pasabog, medyo risky pero nagsugal talaga ang GMA ganun naman talaga tayo sa GMA, we take risks at natutuwa tayo na tinanggap naman ng mga tao ang programa,” she said.
Don’t miss out on the hottest topic every one is talking about! Watch “My Husband’s Lover” airing from Monday to Friday, after “Mundo Mo’y Akin” (approx. 9:30pm) on GMA-7.