In a later interview, Wolff was told of his director's comments and was asked about his Dustin Hoffman encounter.
“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.'”