Actor and public servant Arjo Atayde is known for his versatility and captivating performances. In the crime thriller Cattleya Killer, Arjo takes on the role of a character with depth and intrigue.
During a special screening held on Friday, the 32-year-old actor and the cast of the series offered members of the entertainment press a sneak peek into what they can anticipate from the story and their individual characters.
Speaking to Manila Standard Entertainment, Arjo discussed his captivatingly enigmatic portrayal of Anton dela Rosa. Based on the first episode, his performance keeps the audience on their toes as they endeavor to unravel the mysteries surrounding the character.
Arjo’s acting prowess shines through as he delves into the depths of Anton’s psyche, presenting a captivating blend of charm, cunning, and vulnerability.
“My character represents justice and equality. Down the line, you’ll know why, but definitely, out of all the darkness around him, he still believes in justice,” Arjo said during the series special screening held at Trinoma Cinema.
Cattleya Killer is an Amazon Exclusive crime-thriller series produced by ABS-CBN International Production and Nathan Studios. It is based on a classic ‘90s Filipino film, Sa Aking Mga Kamay (In My Own Hands). It will be available on Prime Video on June 1 in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other selected territories.
The series marks the first series collaboration between Prime Video and ABS-CBN, further promoting Filipino talents and stories to the world.
Joining Arjo in Cattleya Killer are Jake Cuenca, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Jane Oineza, Ria Atayde, Ricky Davao, Nonie Buencamino, and Christopher de Leon.
In this new series, many years after the infamous Cattleya Killer case, the man who cracked the case, Joven de la Rosa (Christopher de Leon, reprising his role from the film), is now an NBI deputy director. His youngest son Anton (Arjo) is one of his top agents, while his eldest son Benjie (Jake Cuenca) runs a foundation for traumatized women. It seems as if everybody has moved on from the tragic events of the past, but when a body is found bearing the telltale markings of the long-dead Cattleya Killer, the lives of the three men and everyone around them are thrown into turmoil.
Dark secrets are brought to the fore, as the line between the real world and the unreal blurs. No one and nothing is what they seem – least of all Anton, who becomes more and more of a suspect as more victims surface and the investigation tightens.
“We›re excited to continue pushing the boundaries and to deliver world-class entertainment made by the best Filipino talents,” said David Simonsen, director of Prime Video Southeast Asia. “We believe with its gripping storyline, dynamic characters, and stunning performances, Cattleya Killer will keep our audiences at the edge of their seats.”
“Crime stories have always been fan favorites, proven by the success of different true-crime series across different formats and territories,” said Ruel S. Bayani, head of ABS-CBN International Production. “And for us, the Philippines’ Cattleya Killer is another must-watch, as it tackles the dark human psyche. It also showcases issues rooted in family, government, and society.”
Dan Villegas (Exes Baggage, English Only, Please) directs the series from a script by Dodo Dayao.