As one of the most talented actors in local showbiz, Arjo Atayde said he has been enjoying his craft ever since he started acting at the young age of nine. “It’s been interesting. Very, very interesting. You deal with different people everyday at work and I think the only thing you have to do is just be kind. But it’s interesting meeting and dealing with other people everyday,” he said.
During his first TV series in 2014, Arjo said he was already getting guidance and support from his mom Sylvia Sanchez and fellow cast members.
“I did E-Boy the electronic boy directed by FM Reyes. I was with several actors as well and my mentor back then was Tito Pen Medina. He would teach me on the set. He would guide me. I would ask a lot of questions. My mom just told me to improve more. She was honest and frank at times when I needed to improve and what I had to improve. I would just watch and observe. I just watched a lot of movies. In terms of character, I would watch documentaries, something like that. She told me to improve. She told me to work on it.
“Actually I think there was no project I was okay with at the end of the day. I think I always want to do more. I always set a standard for myself that I could never meet. But it makes me keep thinking of how you could turn everything into reality when I’m acting and I can’t explain it. It’s just so interesting how it actually works. I’ve always been working with the senior actors. I get to talk to them. I used to ask all the time a lot of questions and I know I learned a lot from them. Eventually I learned to snap out of character the moment they say ‘Cut!’ The character starts on camera and I try to get into it. Once I see that red button on the camera, that’s the start from me,” he said.
More than anything else, Arjo credits his mom Sylvia for being his biggest influence because she would bring him to the set at an early age. “Before, sobrang busy niya and my dad was abroad for quite some time. Balikan din ng balikan so we’d spend time with her during Esperanza days. So we would hang out there with sila ate Juday (Santos), sila Marvin (Agustin), so it was an experience for us and I was exposed to actors as well. I would start reading scripts, stuff like that. Siguro I was just amazed on how they actually do it onscreen. All of a sudden nakasilip na ako sa set and I would see someone crying. Siguro it amazed me, the acting,” he recalled.