Season 4 of "The Fosters" has brought us even more real and raw stories, but the most intense has definitely been Jesus' (Noah Centineo) struggle to deal with his traumatic brain injury.
At the end of Season 4A, Jesus was knocked out by a punch from Nick (Louis Hunter), which exacerbated his preexisting injury. He now has trouble speaking and walking, and hand tremors constantly affect his motor skills. His latest issue? Jesus has realized that his brain cannot process written words anymore, meaning he's lost the ability to read.
With so much care and effort going into this character arc, we're naturally curious what the research process was like for Centineo.
"Having to prepare for it was eye-opening but also super fun to do so much research to dive into a character," Centineo says. "It's been really great to be able try to portray that as genuinely as I can by watching documentaries and watching studies and going to physical therapy places and kind of just observing. A lot went into it and I hope I do it justice."
Based on the overwhelming love and support fans have shown for Centineo and the story, we think it's safe to say he's succeeded. And fans aren't the only ones loving his performance thus far.
"I'm so proud of Noah Centineo for how he's portrayed the changes and challenges Jesus is going through," Sherri Saum says. "It's really challenging, the type of material he's had to work with, and he does it beautifully. He really does a really great job with this, and it's really sad, and it's really true to life. I feel like a lot of people have to deal with difficult home situations and illnesses and how it affects every aspect of your life. I think they did a great job with that."
We're eager to see where this story is going, and we assume Jesus' troubles are just starting. The sooner he tells his moms about this newest reading problem, the better.
“The Fosters’ airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. Only four episodes remain before Season 4 ends -- but Season 5 begins July 11.