What made Tom Rodriguez fall in love again

What made Tom Rodriguez fall in love again

/ 12:20 AM March 31, 2024

Tom Rodriguez


Just like the true spirit of Easter Sunday, Tom Rodriguez is celebrating a new beginning in his career and love life as well. After his marriage to Carla Abellana ended, the Kapuso actor took a two-year hiatus in the United States.

Now, Tom’s back and is all fired-up for his upcoming musical, movies and GMA 7 TV shows. He’s proof that after a breakup comes a breakthrough. Tom’s show biz career will definitely be livelier the second time around.


(Thanks a lot to Tom’s manager, Popoy Caritativo, for making it possible for me to interview Tom.)


Here’s my chat with Tom:

What did you realize when you were on hiatus?

I realized the importance of pausing and reflecting on my life beyond the industry. It allowed me to appreciate the quieter, simpler aspects of life and understand myself better, realizing that there’s so much more to life than just work.

Did quitting show biz cross your mind?

Yes, I considered it because I wanted to explore different facets of life. But my love for acting and storytelling, combined with my ongoing commitment to GMA and their invitation to return, reignited my passion and made me realize I still have a lot to offer to and learn from this industry.

How did you move on and what’s your advice to people about moving on after a breakup?


Moving on required time, self-reflection and acceptance. My advice to others is to embrace your feelings, lean on your support system, and engage in activities that fulfill you. Remember: it’s about progress, not perfection. Healing takes time.

Tell us briefly about your upcoming projects.

I’m really excited about diving back into acting with “Ibarra the Musical.” Additionally, I have two movie offers underway and a new TV project with GMA that I’m thrilled about. Each project is unique, and I can’t wait to share them with the audience.

What kind of Tom will we see as you make your comeback?

You’ll see a Tom who’s more grounded and introspective. My experiences have given me a new outlook on life and my career. I’m returning with fresh energy and a deeper appreciation for the craft, ready to tackle new challenges and tell meaningful stories.

What’s the most important love lesson you have learned so far?

I’ve learned that true love begins with self-love and understanding. It’s about mutual respect, growth, and supporting each other through life’s ups and downs. Love should be a source of strength and inspiration.

What kind of girl would make you want to fall in love again?

I’m already in love with someone who embodies the qualities I value most: simplicity, authenticity, humor and kindness. Her unconditional love and support have been a source of strength for me. It’s a genuine connection that I cherish deeply.

What kept you busy in the States?

I embraced a simpler, more grounded lifestyle. I spent loads of time camping, just soaking in the stillness. I’d go on hikes, meditate in the peace of nature—it was rejuvenating. Back home, I started loving the domestic chores, too: cooking, cleaning and even finding joy in managing my budget, couponing and navigating grocery aisles. It’s a different kind of satisfaction, really grounding.

Are you more nervous or more excited for your comeback?

It’s a blend of both. There’s the butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of nervousness because, well, it’s been a while! But, honestly, the excitement overshadows the nerves. I’m eager to dive back into stories, connect with audiences again, and bring all these new experiences to my work.

Any adjustments you have to make as you get back into the show biz groove again?

Oh, definitely! Adjusting again to the fast-paced lifestyle of show biz, the schedule, and even just being “on” all the time. But it’s like getting back into a familiar dance—a bit stiff at first, but then the rhythm comes back. I’m reacquainting myself with the craft and the community, and every day feels a bit more like home.

What did you miss the most about Manila life while you were in the States?

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I missed the warmth—the people, our culture, even the hustle and bustle of Manila. There’s a unique energy here, a vibrancy that’s alive and kicking. And, of course, the food! There’s nothing like our local dishes and the comfort they bring. Coming back, it felt like returning to a part of me I left behind.

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