After winning Best Actor in a lead role at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) earlier this week, Arjo Atayde admitted he was nervous all throughout the day of the awarding ceremony even though he was not physically at the event which was held live in Singapore.
“I was so hopeless already kasi when I was watching it, morning pa lang and then just watching it throughout the afternoon. A lot of people were there at the studio waiting for it and then I was watching it on Facebook as well sa live,” he recalled.
The Bagman star said he had to wait all day to find out the results of his nomination. “Alam mo yung feeling lang na you want the announcement to be done, not because I wanted to win. It was because I was a part of that announcement. Parang gusto ko ng i-announce na nila so I can know now and get this off my chest because I’ve been palpitating since 3 pm and it’s already like 7:30 pm. I was in cold sweats. I wasn’t thinking of anything but when they announced it I was so shocked. I didn’t know how I felt. Honestly I was just proud to represent our network in the Philippines in any way I can. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I entered showbiz and the feeling when I actually won, actually it just sunk in yesterday, I kind of got emotional. I don’t know. I can’t explain the feeling. It’s indescribable and irreplaceable feeling. Once in a lifetime I should say,” he recalled.
Despite having been in showbiz for almost nine years already, Arjo said he still has stage fright. “Madaming mga tao naka-witness sa akin na kahit mall show, before I stand up, mukha lang ako hindi kabado but the whole time na nasa stage ako nag-pa-palpitate ako. I can’t stand where people are looking. Nahihiya ako. Pag ganun I’ll be shy but no choice, it’s an experience. I’ll have to stand up. I wish sana na na-receive ko siya (yung award) ng personal, na nakapunta kami dun as a team. But then again, this is enough. They pushed through with it and this virtual is enough. At least meron kaming ganito and I’m very thankful,” he said.