The non-profit group which is dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder expressed their praise for the actor on September 21. The group wrote, "[Arjo's] portrayal of #autism is sensitive and nuanced. The character was well-developed and avoided stereotypical caricatures. Bravo!"
Sylvia Sanchez, Arjo's mom, replied to the tweet as she wrote, "Thank you @AutismSociety for acknowledging Arjo's portrayal. This means so much to us. Congrats, @arjoatayde nak, for portraying another role effectively. Always proud of you!"
Arjo obviously did his homework because portraying a character with autism is seriously difficult. According to a report from ABS-CBN, Arjo studied how to mold the character when he visited a Quezon City restaurant where "kids who have the same condition as Elai, of the same age, are serving up to a certain time." Arjo shared, "I observed. I was talking to them. Thankfully, the owner was open to the idea."
The 28-year-old actor also said that his preparation for the role included watching films about autism. He said, "My assignment to myself, yung pampatulog ko every night, I would watch a lot of videos and I would be just studying the character from head to toe if I can."
Watch Arjo as Elai here:
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