Former One Life to Live star Nicholas Rodgriguez, who worked closely with Brett Claywell (Kyle) and Scott Evans (Fish) when his character, gay activist Nick Chavez, was put in a love triangle with the pairing on the sudser last fall, has spoken out on the record to Daytime Confidential.com about what it was like to be a part of that groundbreaking storyline, as well as his experience working with the two actors on the set of the ABC soap opera.
"I am so proud of them both for how they are handling this situation," says Rodriguez, who is currently in Washington D.C. performing in the musicial Light in the Piazza. "I am truly proud of all our work together and the honesty and sincerity that came with these relationships. Not only was there an emphasis on professionalism and good acting, but there was always an obligation to present these gay men as honest, true, fully fleshed out human beings. I absolutely treasure my part in the creative process with Brett Claywell and Scott Evans. I have no doubt they will go on to do many more incredible things."
Rodriguez, who also stars in the web dramedy Then We Got Help!, went on to commend OLTL's showrunner Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati for telling the story of Kyle, Fish and Nick in the first place.
"I feel like the boys deserve all the positive support they can get, as well as Frank and Ron. I think the fact some people are overlooking is that these stories were told, boundaries were pushed. Truth was told."