2018-02-07 / Features

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Juan Arturo

Juan Arturo graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in acting. He has been in “The Oregon Trail” with Fault Line Theatre as Billy, “The Rivals” with New York Classical Theater as David, and “The Rafa Play” with The Pool, as Rafael Nadal. On television he has appeared in “Blue Bloods” as Javier, and he is in a web series called “Educated Fleas,” as Ricardo.

QG: How did you first become interested in acting? What led you to pursue it further as a career?

JA: I first became interested in acting at a very young age. I was in several productions as a child and always enjoyed being on stage so I decided to stick with it into high school. There were several reasons why I decided to pursue it as a career. The most important being that when I was in 8th grade I went to see “In the Heights” on Broadway and was amazed that a guy just like me, a Latino from the block, could make a Tony award-winning musical about just that, Latinos on the block.

QG: You were recently on the CBS show, “Blue Bloods.” What role did you play? What was the experience like?

JA: I played the role of a young student journalist from NYU interviewing the commissioner. I had a great time on set, and got to act next to a legendary actor, Tom Selleck, and that’s always cool!

QG: What is your dream role?

JA: My dream role is Iago in “Othello,” as I’ve always had a penchant for villains. I also harbor dreams of one day being the first, or one of the first, Latino superheroes in either the Marvel or DC cinematic universe.

QG: What are some of your long-term acting aspirations? Anyone in particular you’d like to work with—actors, directors, other?

JA: A long-term goal of mine is to one day go back to my high school—I went to Xavier High School in Manhattan—and help the theater department there grow and thrive. Giving back to the community and working with kids and teens to allow them to express themselves artistically is always a joy. I would also love to work with the directors Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón, three Hispanic directors who are really making waves in Hollywood with their bold projects. Of course, the ultimate dream is to one day work with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

QG: What are some of your favorite things to do in Queens?

JA: I really enjoy the restaurants, especially in Astoria. One particular favorite of mine is Sabor de Cuba. I also enjoy the general diversity of all of Queens from Jackson Heights to Jamaica. It really is an extraordinary borough.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

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