Dennis Trillo’s breakthrough as an actor came when he won a Best Actor award from the Metro Manila Film Festival for his role as a cross-dressing gay spy in the period film “Aishite Imasu 1945.” After that, Dennis thought way past doing gay onscreen. But the role of Eric, the gay third party in the GMA drama series “My Husband’s Lover,” was too good to pass up.
The long-time Kapuso actor first had apprehensions about the role. He already played the role of an unfaithful husband in “Temptation of Wife,” which just finished airing a few months prior “My Husband’s Lover” premiere. Yet, the project was a challenge an artist of Dennis’ caliber simply could not—and should not—ignore.
“Awa ng Diyos e nagustuhan naman ng mga tao yung trabaho ko, kahit papaano bumagay naman,” he said of his role in “My Husband’s Lover.”
Dennis even quipped, “Suwerte siguro talaga ako pag nagbabading-bading!”
He actually need not worry; Dennis and co-stars Tom Rodriguez (as his lover Vincent) and Carla Abellana (as Vincent’s wife Lally) have received raved reviews for their performances that are layered and subtle, way above the usual melodramatic ways usually expected in Philippine primetime soap opera.
And it’s not like anything less is expected of Dennis. A Kapuso artist since 2001, he has shown great promise in his early shows such as “Mulawin” and has since lead numerous shows for the network.
One of the perks of doing a show like “My Husband’s Lover” for Dennis is how it made his fan base grow. Besides the local fans, Dennis now has a horde of foreign fans thanks to viewers who caught wind of the “My Husband’s Lover” phenomenon. A lot of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender forums and sites on the internet will reveal viewers all around the world begging others to translate the Filipino dialogue to English. The show even received international media attention from popular entertainment blogs such as Queerty and PerezHilton.
“Hindi namin inaasahan na ganito yung pagtanggap ng mga tao, ng mga manonood. Hindi lang yung mga bading ang nakaka-appreciate, hindi lang sila yung nakaka-relate kundi pati mga lalaki, babae, kaya masarap ang pakiramdam,” he said.
“Para sa lahat naman itong ginagawa namin. Hindi lang ito para sa mga bading or tomboy kundi para sa lahat, dahil ginagawa naming disente ‘tsaka maganda yung presentation,” Dennis added.
Of course, with an edgy show comes the criticism—and Dennis welcomes it. He’s confident what they’re doing is a decent show, an honest portrayal of sincere human emotion presented in a package that’s unusual and edgy for Philippine television. But Dennis supports the LGBT community; in fact, he said he wouldn’t even consider the show if he has conservative views about sexuality.
“Ipinapakita lang naman namin yung totoong nararamdaman ng isang tao, lalaki man o babae, kapag umiibig siya. Iyon lang, dito sa amin, lalaki sa lalaki,” Dennis said.
“My Husband’s Lover” can be seen worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA.
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