Gar­ren Stitt (Os­car)

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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.

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