'Camping' star Arturo Del Puerto is happy about not playing a just another stereotypical Latino character
While David Tennant and Jennifer Garner have already stated that their roles are fresh and new, seems like it is the same for Del Puerto.
Actor Arturo Del Puerto is hopeful that working in creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's 'Camping' will probably help him take up characters who he will be able to relate to more easily. A lot like stars Jennifer Garner and David Tennant, who had earlier claimed that 'Camping' is nothing like anything that they have worked in before, Del Puerto is of the opinion that the show is a stepping stone in his career which in itself has gone through a lot of changes.
The actor opened up about his chance encounter with acting when he was just 14 while speaking with ET Online. He revealed that although he was always interested in tennis and wished to become like Rafael Nadal, it wasn't until he was 14 that his acting skills were triggered. He was asked to act for an advertisement, speaking of which he explained, "The producer of the commercial actually hired my brother. But the shot was below the knees. We were supposed to be roller skating and fall, and then put on a Band-Aid, but my brother, his legs were too hairy, so they ended up hiring me."
Probably that was the trigger point since soon after, Del Puerto went into full-time acting. However, it was only with 'Camping' that he felt he was finally able to do some real acting. As for the first time, he wasn't the stereotypical drug lord or smuggler but an everyday guy with some ordinary yet important problems. Just like Garner and Tennant, who had both stated earlier that with 'Camping' they were actually playing against the type, Del Puerto confessed that playing a regular guy was a satisfying role for him. He mentioned, "I normally get to play like, drug dealers or the stereotypical Latino character, either very low class or just a killer, which obviously, I'm not a murderer. It is fun to play those characters that are so far away from me... but it was really, really rewarding to be able to play a character that just had everyday problems."
Del Puerto's character Miguel is a recently divorced guy who has hooked up with the flower child, Jandice (played by Juliette Lewis), whose presence at the campsite has turned things completely upside down. Teasing about Miguel's relationship with Jandice, Del Puerto explained, "The first episode was just a little crazy, so it's going to get way more complicated and way crazier. It's going to get wacky. There's going to be tension. There's going to fight, there's going to be a lot of fun guest stars coming too, that are going to stir the pot also. There's going to be some drugs involved. Well, sex, already. A lot of sex involved. And yeah, just all of us just getting at it, that kind of thing."
The actor, who is also starring on Apple TV's 'For All Mankind', created by Ronald D. Moore, concluded by stating that 'Camping' surely is a big stepping stone for him. "Camping, opens doors for me to play the characters that I think I was born to play, just complicated human beings with dark but also light." He also stated that HBO has been doing for cable TV for a long time, what streaming is doing right now. "HBO is the platform to work. They set the standard for what Netflix and Amazon and all these news platforms are doing. HBO created that kind of TV, taking those risks and putting stories out there that are not easy to tell, or characters that are not easy to watch. But if you tell them truthfully enough, then people will connect to that story."