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Why Tom Rodriguez wants to play a drag queen

/ 12:25 AM June 20, 2019

Tom Rodriguez

Acting may not have been Tom Rodriguez’s first career choice, but for nearly a decade, he has been jumping at opportunities to portray challenging roles.

Having played the adventurer Aladdin in a stage musical, a closeted gay man in the teleserye “My Husband’s Lover,” and a beleaguered priest in the horror flick “Maledicto,” Tom wishes to push himself further and hone his thespic skills.

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And, he has thought about bringing to life one bedazzling character from his acting wish list quite often.

“One day, I dream of being ready enough to portray the character of Lola from ‘Kinky Boots,’” Tom recently told the Inquirer.

It would be a challenge, he added, since Lola is a fabulous drag queen—clearly something that he isn’t.

“I first saw the musical in New York,” related Tom. “I thought this character was so far from who I am in real life that I thought it would be the most challenging thing I would ever try, if it is even possible for me to have enough chops to give justice to it.”

Further inspiration came in another form, this time through a local iteration.

“Then, I saw Nyoy [Volante] tackle that same role and I was in awe and inspired by how he transformed into the character,” said Tom of Nyoy, who was previously known for being a singer-songwriter. “His performance still brings me chills to this day, and I imagine the catharsis at the end of that journey.” —OLIVER PULUMBARIT

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