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... Jeremy Garrett
TEEN HOLLYWOOD April 14, 2001, 9.30 a
Interviewing Actor Jeremy Garrett: by Chris Lamb
Jeremy Garrett is one of those people who assumes the world is his oyster and therefore it is. A world traveler, heíd undoubtedly have a flourishing career as a photographer right now if it wasnít for that other Garrett hobby, acting. Maybe itís because actors are usually free-spirits, maybe its because Jeremy Garrett is a charming and pleasant guy to be around, but this is someone who takes each life step with pleasure.
Many fans will recognize Jeremy as Todd from Sweet Valley High. It was as Todd that Jeremy first found Hollywood success and it has never left him. More recent roles in Legacy and The WBís Jack & Jill (Jeremy plays Audreyís new room-mate, Russell) ensures that either this actor has more luck than the Irish or is really good at what he does. Hollywood being what it is, I would guess that being Jeremy Garrett involves a bit of both.
Jeremy recently spoke with TeenHollywood.com. An eager and fun person, Jeremy had a lot to tell us.
Jeremy, how do you relate to your character Russell on Jack & Jill? Jeremy: Russell is an aspiring actor / stand-up comedian in New York. Heís looking for a place to live in New York City and he comes across Jaime Presslyís apartment. She thinks itís ok because he has a girlfriend but he really doesnít. Itís interesting because heís a bit of a hardhead and so is she and I think thatís why theyíre attracted to each other; itís a love-hate type of thing. They see each other as a challenge. So yeah, it's a little bit different than being myself because Iím mellower than Russell.
Is it a challenge to play him? Jeremy: No it isnít because I know a lot of people who are like him. A couple of my friends are just like him so I tend to resort to first- hand experiences with those people.
How are you fitting in with the cast? Jeremy: You know itís interesting because I only work with Jaime. Isnít that wild? I only work with her because Russell and her live together and all the other characters have their storylines going and they never intertwine. Of course Iíve met them all at the table readingsÖ
Youíre not a full-time character on this show yet, are you? Jeremy: No, Iím a reoccurring guest star. Weíll have to wait and see how this season is going to go.
Now Jack & Jill will be replaced by Felicity shortly on The WB. Is that the end of the season for you? Jeremy: Yes. You have the official word on that. Thatís it.
Youíve had other drama experiences as well, Buffy, Sabrina, and Get Real, Iím wondering which experience you liked best? Jeremy: I think Buffy was the most fun because I got to play a real jerk who gets really beat up by Buffy. It was so much fun. That was a while ago now. She slams my head against the steering wheel of a car and breaks my nose. Of course we had to choreograph everything so it becomes something like a dance. It looks real but no one gets hurt.
You played Todd in Sweet Valley High. Jeremy: All the way backÖ
Yeah, weíre going back to the beginning now. Jeremy: Oh God, Iím feeling old.
What do you remember the most about Sweet Valley High? Jeremy: I just remember that that was the first thing. Iíd never been in this town before or seen the working environment on a television set. I was going crazy working every day for two years straight and getting to do something I love, it was a privilege.
I remember my good friend Cynthia Daniel, she played my girlfriend Elizabeth and she was such a sweetheart. She was the most kind, giving, helping person and she made things a lot easier on me. Weíve kept in touch over the years. She played my girlfriend so we were always together and we just had a blast. We became like brother and sister, it was a lot of fun.
Do you find that most actors become better friends if their characters are in a relationship? Jeremy: I think itís only natural that it happens. Unless thereís some really conflicting personalities. But because you do work with that one person everyday or you have to pretend that youíre in love, I think itís only natural to really get to know that person. You grow a little bit closer than you do with the other cast members.
Was it hard to break out of the Todd persona once Sweet Valley High finished? Jeremy: Well, for some reason it wasnít that hard for me. I think a lot of that has to do with casting directors and for me it wasnít that difficult. For a period of about six months, Iíd gotten into that character so much that when I went in to audition for other roles, it was hard. You start to relate every role to how you have been playing your other character for so long. I realized that, hold on, I canít play every role like a young jock at a high school, I have to become someone else. But it wasnít hard for me, thank-goodness. One of the reasons I chose my role in Legacy, a period piece, is because it was the furthest thing from a high-school kid.
Would you do another period piece? Jeremy: I donít know if Iíd do another TV show like that but Iíd die to do a movie period piece. Iíd do them for the rest of my life. Theyíre so much fun. They really transport you out of reality and out of this time.
Can you tell me about your recent movie, The A-List? Jeremy: Oh, the A-List! Oh, yeah, thatís a great one. Itís a short movie and itís a spoof about Hollywood where Jesus comes in and tells someone to make a movie, itís hilarious. I play a real jerk of an actor, someone so full of himself. He talks to his agent about how he wants to do period pieces because period pieces win Oscars. It was really fun. I donít know when thatís coming out but it is completed.
Letís talk about you more personally. I understand you were in training to become a photographer? Jeremy: I grew up in San Diego and my dad bought me a camera one day. He said that I should take a photography class. I thought, ĎUgh, what am I going to do with a camera, Iíll be stuck taking family photos all the time.í But you know what, I fell in love with it. Then I started assisting a photographer in San Diego and then here in LA.
I wanted to go into fashion photography, travel around the world doing pictorials for magazines, Iím so into that. But sometimes you have two loves and you have to decide which one is loving you more.
I have two more questions for you Jeremy. Theyíre abstract questions but they might provide an interesting answer.
One: If you could live in any time in history for one year, when would it be? Jeremy: Wow. For some reason thatís one of the toughest questions anyone has ever asked me. Thereís so many amazing times and so many huge events that went down in history that itís hard to choose just one. Well, I donít think I can pick one specific time but as far as a period that would have been interesting to live in, Iíd pick the Renaissance. That would have been a wild time if you werenít poor. If you were poor then it wouldnít be such a wild time because there was no middle class. But I think it would have been so decadent, it would have been a blast.
Two: If you could give advice on how to live life, what would you say? Jeremy: As far as working, I always say that if you choose a job you love then youíll never work a day in your life, meaning that youíre not forced to do anything and if thereís something you really love to do, then you need to try it. That way work will be a pleasure to you and youíll feel fulfilled from it. If you donít take a risk I really donít think youíll be happy. Not deadly risks but risks in life in the sense of a career because you can always get back up and go do something else.
As a closing question, what are you working on now? Jeremy: I wish I could tell you I was starring next to Al Pacino but I canít. Right now weíre in pilot season and weíre looking for a good pilot to do. Possibly there are some films in the works but we shall see.
Best of luck to you, Jeremy. Jeremy: Thank-you very much.
(taken from teenhollywood.com)