I appreciated the fact that he consented to undergoing an acting workshop with me, the director, before the shoot. And there, during the workshop, we studied the direction, the tone hes going to use for each dialogue, what the character is thinking with each line. Not that hes looking for specific instructions from the director and he doesnt have his own mind. He also has his ideas. It became a dialogue and not just a workshop. With TJ, I really felt that we both were instrumental in forming his character. We experimented on his characters walk, posture, etc.
One of my critic friends who already saw his performance said that he effectively captured the boyishness of Arturos character. It was a subtle performance done consistently. But of course, subtle performances run the risk of going unnoticed. But its high time that people notice TJ for his craft rather than just his matinee looks.