With the global pandemic still ongoing this year, Arjo Atayde hopes that his fellow actors can continue to be optimistic when it comes to their personal and professional career.
“I know it’s the hardest time to stay positive but again it has to start from within. Looking for a better 2021 and praying for a better 2021 for each and every Filipino out there and just keep praying. The problems only exist because solutions do so. Just keep praying. Kapit lang. A lot of people are helping and I’m very happy to see everyone helping. It’s good. I’m very, very happy about it. Stay positive guys and wear a mask,” he said.
Arjo, who won Best Actor in a lead role at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards (AAA) last month for his role in Bagman, said he hopes to get the opportunity to work with more talented actors this year.
“I appreciate actors who give so much respect to the craft. There are a number of Filipino actors that I’ve worked with, some I’ve just seen on the screen, what amazes me is how they actually get to do their craft. There’s so many good Filipino character actors out there,” he said.
The 30-year-old actor also hoped that the Philippine government would give more support to the local entertainment industry just like in other Asian countries.
“I don’t mean to badmouth the government, but I think other countries are supported by the government and I think that’s a big factor as well. I’m not badmouthing again, I’m stating a fact and I guess we just need more support, more funds, more time, especially now that we were so used to shooting 20-30 scenes in a span of 24 hours. Now you have to shoot that in a span of 12 hours. So imagine the adjustment that people have to go through for that. Maybe just with time and building the right team. It is the best time for people to collaborate and get the best team out there to put up a project and hopefully ship it abroad and make people see it,” he explained.