This is your television debut, correct? What do you like about filming a TV series?
Number one: that I can get out of New York and go somewhere warm!
Oh I know, it’s so cold here right now!
I know it’s like below five degrees, it’s not even normal. I [also] like the schedule. Filming a series, you get to do your school and you get to go to set. You work with people consistently over a long period of time. So you really get to make friends. And you get really close with everyone, you make like a "set family." And my favorite thing about working in a TV series is they have the best fast service food, and I like food.
How did you get into acting? We saw that your father works for the DEA and your mom works for a hospital, so this is a very different career route.
I don’t know, I like making people laugh and entertaining people so my mom when I was little signed me up for a class, an acting class. After I did it, I had so much fun in the class that I had to make a career of it. It had to be what I do. I had so much fun and I just wanted to continue having fun.
Do you have an idol in the industry?
Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep. If I could take both of their talents, I would be very happy.
Those are two very different people – what do you like about them?
Meryl Streep is just the best actor in the world. She’s so believable in everything. And Paul Rudd is just insanely funny. I think he’s a great comedic actor.
Any Latino actors you’d like to work with later on?
Salma Hayek, after seeing her in Savages, I’ve wanted to work with her. I loved her character.
Read on the next page more on what Tyler likes to do in his spare time and his connection with his Puerto Rican & Cuban culture