“He said that? That makes me really happy,” Wolff said with boyish wonder.
“Dustin Hoffman is probably my favorite actor in the world,” he explained. “And I won a contest where I got to have an acting lesson with him when I was in eighth grade. I was so nervous, so I did a scene from ‘Ordinary People.' I probably was horrible because I was so nervous, but he was super, super cool and gave me a lot of good advice.
“He said — cause I said something like, ‘well, I really wanted to get to an angry spot' at the end of the scene — and he said you can't do that. You have to just be sure that you're being true to the moment all the time. And when I went back and watched all his movies after I saw that he's not forcing things or trying to indicate anything. He's just letting it all happen. And that opened up a huge door for me.
“I actually saw him at the Toronto Film Festival and I didn't think he'd remember having a lesson with me,” Wolff said. “I went up to him and said, ‘you gave me a lesson when I was in eighth grade, and you said at the end, now I'm a real actor, and now I'm here with a real movie. And he laughed and said, ‘Oh, I should've charged you more.'”