Shortly after his stint on Pinoy Big Brother, Tom Rodriguez was immediately offered a cameo role in Precious Hearts Romances Presents Cheating Heart playing opposite Cristine Reyes. But even though it was only a week-long TV appearance, the Fil-American ex-housemate still couldn’t believe that he has become an instant celebrity. “Hindi ko in-expect kasi ‘di naman ako marunong umarte. But right after [I got evicted], nasa office pa ako ng PBB nag-stay, when I woke up they handed me a script and sabi nila, ‘Screen test ka dito.’ Kahit wala akong idea kung anong gagawin sabi ko, ‘Sige try ko lang.’ After a few days may sched na for taping,” he excitedly shared with ABS-CBN.com last Wednesday, December 16.
At first, Tom was scared that he wouldn’t be able to adjust to working with big stars like Cristine Reyes and Jake Cuenca. His fears were unfounded as he was warmly welcomed on the set of Cheating Heart. “Akala ko stressful and nakakatakot pero lahat sila—Janus del Prado, Bea Saw, Direk Rory Quintos—very supportive and accommodating. They knew na baguhan ako. Jake is really, really nice. He's actually the one who helped me out the most. I talk to him and get insights from him or I sit and watch his scenes kasi ang galing niya umarte. Magaling si Cristine but watching a guy is different kasi lalaki din ako so I learn more from him,” he revealed.
But since Tom was supposed to be Cristine’s persistent boyfriend in the story, he also had the opportunity to get to know her both on- and off-screen. Asked how it feels to be paired with the sexy actress, he said that it was truly a delightful experience. “She's very comfortable to work with. Mabait naman siya e, bubbly and easy to get along with. Friend agad ang turing sa ’yo. Nagpaturo din ako sa kanya kung paano mag-blocking but most of the time nagkukulitan lang kaming lahat.” He also confessed that it goes without saying that he finds her gorgeous as well. “You can’t deny naman na ganun. I would say she is an attractive person.”
What’s also interesting is that some people believe that he might be the next Sam Milby since they both landed a career in show business after joining PBB. “I’ve met Sam and he's very nice, very talented [and] very prominent dito sa showbiz. So it’s very flattering to be compared with someone who has been here for a while and who's had a body of work na really strong. I feel very, very lucky kasi bihira dumating yung ganitong opportunities. Kahit hindi ko in-expect nandito na e. Not everyone gets to have this chance,” he reiterated.
As early as now, this 22-year old hottie is already preparing for his upcoming projects, one of which will be a movie team-up with no less than Anne Curtis. “Hopefully it pushes through but I’m busy doing workshops at the moment. There's a movie coming up and we’re going to start taping by January 2010. It’s entitled Here Comes The Bride with Anne and Eugene (Domingo) under Viva Films. I think male lead yung offer na binigay nila sa akin. I may have misunderstood it but that’s what they told me more or less,” he beamed.
Being an instant celebrity would really bring lots of pressure and challenges on his part but Tom stressed that he’s determined to give this his best shot. “I have to be ready kasi lahat ng pinagagawa sa akin bago—yung acting and singing. Kasi noon kumakanta ako sa banyo lang namin. Yung pagsayaw sa loob lang ng bahay ko nagagawa yun. Tapos ngayon I’m acting na and then nakapag-perform na rin ako sa Araneta for the Kapamilya Christmas Special. Sobrang overwhelming but whe