Upon admitting that he has feelings for Alex Gonzaga, Arjo Atayde remarked that he is willing to wait for the actress to be ready to commit to a relationship since she admitted that her heart is “closed” at the moment.
“Because ‘yun nga, sinabi niya hindi niya ipipilit ang isang relasyon if it is not the right time so of course I have to respect her, so I do need to respect her. I don’t mind waiting for a long time kasi for me talaga it's more of focus si Alex [sa work]. Ayaw ko rin naman na magsalita ng tapos given that the door will open, I will go for it,” Arjo said.
The actor relayed that he sends presents to Alex every now and then. “Yes po ‘yun nga of course gifts, food, when she requests as much as possible nagdadala ako ng food. Favorite niya ‘yung pichi-pichi at chilli con carne na hotdog sandwich.”
Alex and Arjo are set to star in the upcoming ABS-CBN soap Pure Love. The two stars will be portraying as lovers in the soap. Arjo shared that there will be no kissing scene in the teleserye and that he respects Alex and her family’s decision of not having one. “Of course I respect whatever the decision of her parents so of course wala naman akong say doon so I guess it is such just an honor to work with her. ‘Yun nga nakakatawa siya pero pagnakatrabaho mo, pagsinabi nila na intense ‘yung eksena iba talaga,” he stated.
Arjo relayed that though Alex knows that he has feelings for her, there is no awkwardness between them on the set. “Hindi naman po, professional siya. I asked her na pwede ba kitang hawakan [sa mga scenes] kasi mamaya paghinawakan ko siya or something ma-disrespect siya. I’m trying to keep the respect sa girl,” Arjo said.
Is there any possibility that he will fall for another girl while waiting for Alex to be ready? “Ngayon po kasi ano eh parang madali kasi ako ma-attached sa mga tao. I am very friend especially what more pag-love one so of course nong nakita ko [si Alex] baka may opportunity [ako sa kanya]. Pero of course ‘yun nga kahit may dumating na babae I guess focus ako eh sa work so as much as possible I want to keep that way para wala namang destruction,” he said.