Garren Stitt (Oscar)
GARREN STITT (Oscar) Usually, when an actor appears on screen and has such a commanding presence that the audience immediately takes to him, he’s a seasoned performer with plenty of work and experience under his belt. GENERAL HOSPITAL newcomer Garren Stitt is only 14 years old, yet he nonetheless brings plenty of depth to the role of Oscar Nero — and that’s not just the fans’ opinion, either. He’s impressed his GH castmates as well.
“Garren is great — the kid is the real deal,” says GH’s legendary leading man, Maurice Benard (Sonny), who immediately shared several scenes with the young Alexandria, VA-born star on the rise.
“Maurice and I already have a special relationship,” concurs Stitt with a winning smile. “We have a similar sense of humor and hit it off immediately.”
At Home In Port Charles
Having taken on his GH role after a quick recast, Stitt acknowledges that Josslyn’s boyfriend seems to have more to him than meets the eye. Rumor has it, he could even be the long-lost son of an important GH legacy character. “I don’t know myself,” his portrayer says. “But I look forward to finding out!”
Meanwhile, Stitt is having a good time with his cute co-star, Eden McCoy. “Eden is super fun,” he confirms. “I love working with her.”
And that’s a good thing, too, because the duo’s characters appear to be getting closer every day — and GH fans have taken a liking to the pairing. “GH is like a second home to me already,” Stitt says.
So much so that he has already taken note of GH executive producer Frank Valentini’s hands-on approach to the show. “He’s super organized, so professional, great at keeping actors in their place, and,” Stitt adds, “super nice to me!”
Mom’s The Word
Stitt had not seen GH prior to being cast but, of course, was familiar with the daytime genre. “Right before I booked GH,” he recalls, “my mom said, ‘You should do a soap opera,’ and it wasn’t too long before I got cast.”
Stitt was raised by single mom Yvette, and, along with his older brother, Gabriel, moved to California when the youngest Stitt was 3 years old. “My mom is great, so supportive and a lot of fun,” he says. “She makes sure I get to my auditions, and she’s not going to stop until I get where I’m going!”
And so far, he’s going full-speed!
Next Stop: Superstardom
It was only a few years after the talented youngster landed in L.A. that he decided what he wanted to do in life. “I was 7 years old watching shows on the Disney Channel, and I said, ‘I want to be on that channel’” — and it wasn’t long before he began racking up acting credits on such series as ANDI MACK and ROSEWOOD and in flicks like No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie.
These days, Stitt spends a lot of his spare time in the recording studio, with an emerging singing career in the works. “I like a lot of different music, mostly pop — Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez,” he says.
It won’t be too far down the line that he’ll be changing his handle to actor/singer, once he has some tracks to share with his newfound daytime-TV audience. “I can’t wait to talk about it,” he says proudly.
So it seems like it will be only a matter of time before soapdom’s new teen idol — perhaps a John Stamos (ex-Blackie) for a new generation? — is on the Billboard Top 40 as well as the Soaps In Depth Readers’ Poll. No wonder he’s the Next Big Thing.