Far from his native Mexico, Queens resident seeks fame -- and lost father
When Eduardo RodrÃguez won People en Espanol's "Sexiest Man" contest a few weeks ago, he thought a door had opened to make his dreams come true about becoming a model and finding his father Eduardo Chaidez, who he hasn't seen since he was a boy. In fact, one of the reasons why the 24-year-old Mexican and Long Island City resident joined the contest was so that his father might be able to recognize him if he saw him in the magazine.
"What I most want in the world is to find him, to hug him and tell him that I love him, and that I've missed him. I don't have any resentments, and I don't need any explanations about why he left," says RodrÃguez."Everyday, my heart tells me that I'm closer to finding him," says bartender RodrÃguez, who fell in love with the idea of a career in entertainment when he attended the 50 Most Beautiful People party thrown by the magazine at a club in New York.
"When I say all those celebs, I said, one day I'm going to be like that and that's how I'll be able to find my dad," explained RodrÃguez, who hasn't seen his father in 20 years, since his mother and him moved from Mexico to Los Angeles, after the couple's marital problems.
"My mother doesn't talk about him. The only thing I know is that they had problems, and they separated, but it probably had to do a lot with age, because she was only 15 when she had me, and my father was 25," says RodrÃguez.