So I met Rafael Rosell last weekend. Idol kaayo! Details, details. Too tired to blog. haha
Just finished closing Thursday’s entertainment pages. Here’s one of the stories I wrote.
Rafael Rosell: I’m my own Superman
By Jesse Pizarro Boga
Rafael Rosell wasn’t anything like we expected.
When he visited the city to join the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations, the Temptation of Wife star revealed a host of things we never thought would come from a glorified hunk like him.
And he owes his life in show business to his strong fascination with Superman.
“I wanted to fly like Superman,” he said. He narrated that back when he was five years old (and living in Norway), he saw Superman on TV. His curiosity piqued: why can he fly?
His mom answered him: if you believe, you can fly too—anything is possible on TV. That sparked his interest in wanting to be on TV.
And to appear on TV he did! When he went to the Philippines, he found himself “flying” in a fantasy series. He also made the souls of tons of girls (and maybe some boys) fly when he shows off his extremely sexy physique.
But his Superman body and fascination goes beyond physical. Superman is a lifestyle that he has a love-hate relationship with.
“I try as much as possible not to bring him into my life,” he said over lunch. Rafael thinks that any superhero has a tragic story. But the Superman lifestyle catches up on him: his friends come to him for help and for advice.
“My Kryptonite is chocolate, sweets and falling in love,” he answered a question shot at him. “When I’m in love, I forget about everything.”
Rafael’s been single for two years now and he appears to be enjoying every bit of it. “I forgot about everything when I was in a relationship the last time.”
Now he’s focused on work because he’s single. And he thinks that it’s a good thing. He said that he currently doesn’t have a Lois Lane. But he has a bunch of Lana Langs.
Rafael, who’s busy playing as Nigel in the GMA Network remake of Temptation of wife said that he and his character have a host of things in common: they both love Superman, they both tend to have a messianic complex, and they have both loved someone who’s had a difficult past.
(yeah yeah, I’m starstruck. Whatever. haha)
“But Nigel is a martyr,” he said. “I can’t do the things that he did.”
He then went on to describe a similar relationship he’s had with a girl in his past.
“It’s not easy,” he started. “There has to be trust and understanding and patience. And the relationship didn’t have a fairy tale ending. I didn’t pursue it because it had too much drama.”
Beyond Temptation of Wife, Rafael enjoys throwing himself around the network where he recently found home to: he had appearances in a cooking show, in a teleserye flashback, and in Party Pilipinas. We’ll be seeing him more (and shirtless please) on TV, definitely.
He describes being in GMA Network as something new; there’s a renewed excitement of being an “artista,” according to him.
He is exploring possible roles that are substantial and appeals to his “mental side.”
After all, there’s more to the hunk than just brawn: he guides himself with the philosophies of Bob Marley and Bruce Lee through books and other media collections that he has. “Other people just interpret their words as songs,” he explained. He then went on to elaborate on the current thoughts in his head (and eloquently); like a university professor. What could be hotter than that?
He enjoys hanging out with friends for good conversations; he finds it weird that he does that for a breather. Rafael has stopped going to bars and taking in alcohol. He’s officially the hottest guy in the universe; Superman cape and dorky leggings are optional.
(with photos from GMA corpcomm)