Cyndi talks to Mamiverse about Raising Tyler
Tyler’s mother, Cyndi Garcia, talked to Mamiverse – an online community for Latina mothers and families – about raising a child star.
Mamiverse: When did the acting bug bite Tyler?
Garcia: I would have to say around 3 years old. He started dressing up as characters and acting out scenes from his favorite movies. I’ll always remember coming home one day and finding him standing over an open guitar case filled with all his toy guns (most of which were water guns). He was in his Ninja Turtle undies wearing cowboy boots with a toy gun in each hand. He was acting out a scene from the Robert Rodriguez movie Desperado acting out Antonio Banderas’ role in the film. He had the accent down and everything. I think he was around four.
Tyler’s dad is an actor and one day his commercial agent asked us if Tyler would like to start auditioning for commercials. We asked Tyler and he said okay. He was five at the time and he booked his first commercial at six. It was a PSA (public service announcement) spot. He loved it, and he’s been acting professionally ever since.
Mamiverse: Do you still get to spend a lot of quality time with him?
Garcia: Quality yes. Quantity no! Haha! I just got back from visiting with him in Atlanta, that’s where they shoot Teen Wolf. We had a really nice time. He opened up his weekend for me. We went out to dinner every night, and we watched movies together. It was very relaxing. I also spent a couple of days on set with him. I always love to watch him work. He was very sweet to hang with me in between takes.
When he’s home we all make sure to spend as much time together as possible. Tyler has two brothers, Derek and Jesse, and they are all best friends. We like to have a lot of family gatherings. When he does events in Los Angeles he likes to include us as much as possible. We’re a really tight fambam!
Read the full interview over at Mamiverse!