Digest: How did you react when you learned that Nick was going to try to use his recovery to get in between Kyle and Fish?
Rodriguez: When I got some of the scripts for what's coming up, I thought, "No! He can't do that! That's not what he would do." Nick is so personal to me, and it's been interesting playing the stuff coming up and to keep him the grounded, real person that we know. For people who I've talked to who have gone through an emotional trauma, it's very similar where there's a gay bashing or a rape or anybody that's been an assault victim; at some point, you somehow feel that you brought it on yourself. So anything that Nick does coming up that may be out of character thing for him, he's doing out of desperation, out of fear. It's not just the simple, "I miss my boyfriend and I have a heartache." It's a little bit more complex than that. So hopefully, that's the way it'll translate.
Post by softfurbear on Mar 23, 2010 13:08:50 GMT -5
Nicholas Rodriguez Sees the Light The versatile actor talks about starring in Arena Stage's The Light in the Piazza and his work on the daytime drama One Life to Live. By: Brian Scott Lipton · Mar 21, 2010 · DC Metro
INTERVIEW: Former OLTL actor Nicholas Rodriguez (ex-Nick) "I was getting scared towards the end about how they were going to write him off, and I was afraid that he was getting too malicious. So I chose to play him as scared; he was the victim of this gay bashing -- and that's why he did what he did. They wrote this great final monologue for Nick, and I worked on it for weeks, and then, when I saw the script, it had been cut down to two lines. So I went to the writers and I showed them my work and they put the whole thing back in. I was so happy I stuck up for myself.
"There was an overwhelming fan reaction and from the media about that storyline, and it's been great for me to see how the gay community is longing for these non-stereotypical characters. In a lot of ways, I felt like Nick was very similar to me. He was in the forefront of gay activism, and I relate to that. That's why I thought I couldn't lie about being gay while I played someone like him. It all happened so fast, I didn't have time to be worried about being typecast as a gay man. I guess if I had time to think it through, I might have been scared."
Post by Difficult Diva on Apr 12, 2010 22:17:45 GMT -5
I was fortunate enough to hear Nick Rodriguez perform tonight, hear in NYC at Birdland Jazz Club. He has an amazing voice and I think that the composer/writer of the song that Nick performed watches One Life To Live, because the song had a very distinctive "Oliver Fish" theme to it.
He's absolutely beautiful in person.
I'm also not taking it as a personal slight on what I think or feel, if someone doesn't share my pov. Not everyone's going to think, or believe in the same way I do. I don't see that as a negative reflection on me as a person. I don't feel put off by coming on here and posting my thoughts, because someone doesn't share them. These varying povs are based (or should be based) on the storyline.