Arjo Atayde shared that he never used his mom Sylvia Sanchez’s connections in order to land a role.
“Because having a mom who’s an actress doesn’t necessarily mean they would get you. You still have to work for it. I think that’s a misconception of mga anak ng artista. Even my sister Ria we all worked for it. It’s just a big factor that our mom is in the industry. We already have the exact and factual guidance to be given to us, which is to our advantage. Fame is not my game. Having goals like stepping out of my mom’s shadow it’s not like that. I’m not trying to prove anything in the first place. I just really wanted to act and have fun. I feel like I’m playing and working at the same time. I learn. That’s the most important thing for every day I think,” he revealed.
The 30-year-old actor said he has always wanted to be in front of the camera ever since he was little when he got a taste of acting on Ang TV in 2002.
“I really wanted ever since before so ang dami kong sinalihan na VTR, commercial, all that stuff, audition of shows. Never naman ako tinanggap eh. And then nung time na ayoko ng mag-artista, sabi ng mom ko may workshop so i-try ko lang. I tried the workshop and by God’s name, by the time I didn’t want it anymore, dun naman napunta sa akin. So I grabbed the opportunity.”
Having gone through a diverse range of roles from playing an autistic adult in The General’s Daughter, a psychopathic crime boss in Buy Bust to his most recent award-winning role in the web series Bagman, Arjo said he had other plans when he started acting.
“I didn’t want to be a kontrabida. I don’t want to be a matinee idol or anything. I’ve always wanted to be a comedian. The reason why I wanted to be an actor was because I wanted to work with Babalu and Redford White. That was my goal before but di nabigyan ng chance kasi I started na rin late,” he revealed.
When at home, Arjo said he and his family are just like any regular Pinoy clan who enjoy random chats at home especially during the pandemic.
“Wala eh, total opposite of what I do. Kulitan kami, Netflix, kain. Especially nung pandemic obviously so everyone’s stuck at home. no choice but to bond with everyone else here. Same same. Just bonding. Minsan napag-uusapan naman yung showbiz but nothing too intense because we’re already doing it every day so we talk about other things when we’re at home,” he said.