Atom Araullo reveals what are people’s biggest misconceptions about him.
As the star of Citizen Jake, there’s been a much greater interest in TV journalist Atom Araullo this year and for good reason. Even though he already has a big fan base as a reporter, he seems to have picked up thousands more as he transitioned to the big screen. During a media event as the newest brand ambassador for Cherifer Premium, Atom talked exclusively to PUSH to share ten things you probably didn’t know about him yet.
1. He’s okay with not being super fit.
“When Cherifer asked me to be their new endorser, I was flattered. I was very interested in the concept. I think it was a good challenge to do this kind of office warrior obstacle challenge (for their commercial). I’m not incredibly fit. I think I’m reasonably fit and that’s a good thing because in a way I have to represent the common person (laughs). On one hand, I want to inspire people to take their fitness seriously. But on the other hand I’m very relatable in the sense na I don’t go to the gym regularly. I try to watch what I eat but it’s difficult for me as well. I just do what I can when I can so I do have a gym membership but there’s a lot of room for improvement I must say”
2. He doesn’t back down from challenges.
After transferring networks, taking on a cable TV show, helping write and star in a movie, Atom shared how he is able to accomplish so many things. “I think the most important thing is having the courage to say ‘yes’ and then believing in yourself despite the challenges that will face along the way, despite the naysayers. And just going all out and just doing your best.”
3. He has his “lutang” moments.
“I space out a lot. I tune out quite a bit. So people will find me staring out into space and just being deep in thought. I’m not thinking about anything profound, it’s just that I get lost in my ideas and my mind sometimes.”
4. He also gets food cravings.
“Yeah I have my comfort food for sure. Home cooking usually it’s adobo by my folks at home or househelp.”
5. He was not a typical spoiled “bunso.”
Even though he is the youngest in his family, Atom said he was never spoiled growing up. “No, I wouldn’t say so. I was just makulit and full of energy.” (Atom has one older sister named Sandra who also graduated from the exact same course in college. They both graduated from Applied Physics in UP).
6. He is an animal lover.
“I do have pets. I’ve been a cat person my whole life but now I have a little puppy with me. His name is Snoopy and he’s a handful. It’s very different with dogs but I’m liking it.”
7. He likes being dressed down.
What is Atom’s favorite everyday ‘porma?’ The 35-year-old eligible bachelor admitted he prefers to always wear regular jeans, a t-shirt, and a pair of boots.
8. He doesn’t dream of becoming a movie star.
Despite the renewed interest that Citizen Jake has brought him, Atom doesn’t seem affected by the added popularity brought on by the politically-charged movie and admitted that he still prefers to focus on making more documentaries. “It’s unlikely but we’ll see.”
9. He admits that people always misunderstand him.
“I’m never serious. That’s a big misconception. People always think that. When they meet me they say, ‘You must be thinking about something serious all the time,’ but that’s not the case. I’m surprised when people say that.”
10. He is different when he’s with his barkada.
Although he is not considered the joker or the clown within his circle, Atom says he is a lot less serious when off-camera. “Hindi ko naman masasabi na ako yung kuwela or ako yung mahirit pero I don’t take myself seriously.”