Rafael Rosell just made the big switch from Kapamilya to Kapuso talent.
He signed a three-year exclusive contract with GMA Network Inc. on Thursday, August 23.
Present at the contract-signing were GMA Network President and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, Lilybeth Rasonable, OIC for Entertainment, AVP for Drama Redgie A. Magno and Rafael’s new manager Popoy Caritativo.
The actor, who began his career with ABS-CBN, said his decision to leave his home studio of 10 years was "well-thought-of." He believes there are no "ill-feelings" because his contracts expired and he bid goodbye properly to concerned Kapamilya Network executives.
"I took a month off para lang mag-isip habang expired ang dalawang contracts ko. Then I decided na gusto ko ng bagong environment pati mga ka-trabaho ko. Para mag-gain ng bagong experience at mas ma-enjoy ang industriya," explained Rafael.
He doesn't see himself in a "back-to-zero" situation now that he is a Kapuso.
"With all the experience that I have from ABS-CBN, yun ang dadalhin ko sa GMA7. If some people would call it back to zero, at least it's back to zero with more knowledge and confidence ngayon.”
Why the shift?
He knows people would think his decision is driven by talent fee and stature. He stressed that it is for the experience.
Aside from a welcome gesture at "Party Pilipinas" on Sunday, August 26, Rafael is appearing in the pilot episode of "Aso ni San Roque." His upcoming soap opera, Temptation of Wives,” is with Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo, and Alessandra de Rossi. Taping starts second week of September.
"Super excited ako but kasama nito ay kaba. Kaya kapag nag-multiply yan super adrenaline rush," Rafael remarked.
He likened his move to GMA7 to a return trip to the Philippines, with new inspiration and being "all fired-up" for things to come. He described it as a "reset button" to his showbiz career.
"I think it is what I needed not just for my career but for my life to make it exciting ulit."
Rafael also believes he has a promising future as a Kapuso. As for GMA7, he is a welcome addition to its stable of "leading men" which is considered scarce compared to rival station ABS-CBN.
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