Tuesday, August 7, 2012
JEREMY VINCENT GARRETT: AN ACTOR'S BIOGRAPHY by Dane Youssef Darkly-handsome while just smoldering with heavenly brown hair, deep hazel eyes, he was blessed with such charisma and attitude, Jeremy Vincent Garrett was one American actor and model that didn't just want to be just one more pretty face de jour. Damn it, he wanted to be an actor. Like oh-so many others, Jeremy's first foray into acting was in high school drama club. He saw it as the start of something. He wanted to make drama his absolute major. The coach urged Jeremy to keep right on reaching. He eventually found his way to the professional theatre and was granted such plums as Algernonin in "The Importance of Being Earnest," as well as in several one-act plays. Jeremy also put those pin-up supermodel cover-boy Indo-European looks of his to good use by modeling professionally before even acting. And while modeling was paying the bills, he continued to chase acting around. He auditioned mostly for the theatre. He also performed La Jolla Playhouse in a festival of plays that took a look at racial bigotry, and in "Jason's Mask" at the Old Globe in San Diego, as part of the Young Playwrights Festival. He portrayed an alpha-male jock who's something of a mad prankster. He finally through broke with his first TV guest spot on the basketball-based Disney series "Hang Time" where he played a former all-state star athlete for Deering who's now managing the restaurant. He seems like the perfect guy, but we later see he's been sexually harassing Mary-Beth. But the part that gave him that big break in the public eye was replacing fellow pretty-boy actor Ryan Bittle in the plum role of Todd Wilkins, longtime boyfriend to Elizabeth Wakefield in the TV series adaptation of "Sweet Valley High." Jeremy found himself profiled heavily in magazines, on covers from the book-series as well as other SVH-based propaganda. After the "Sweet Valley High" was cancelled due to incredibly low ratings (the show had strayed away from the book series and just got more and more campy), he grabbedguest-sints on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher", "CSI: Miami," "Ally McBeal," "Hangtime" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch". He managed another regular steady-spot as Clay Logan on the short-lived civil-war period soap "Legacy" as one Clay Hogan. After that ended, he recurred on the WB's "Jack & Jill." His most recent role was the TV movie "Lies and The Women We Tell Them To" along with Kyle Chandler, Martine McCutcheon, Ed Helms. Since then, seems to have been staying quiet since. Jeremy seems to have just vanished. He once remarked he wanted to get into fashion photography as that's what he started out doing. But to be the one taking the shots instead of being taken himself. He got into photography after his dad bought him a camera and wound up taking classes. In 2012, he finally returned to the screen after a seven-year absence in the short art-house independent film "The Abandoned Circus." Just please, don't confuse him with that bluegrass guy from Tennessee who just happens to have been blessed with the same moniker. JUST SOME QUICK TRIVIAL PIN-POINTED FACTS: * He has brown hair and hazel eyes. * He has a drawl in his voice, sounding somewhat like Christian Slater. * He has a deeply clefted chin. * His mouth is often in a pout and his lips are often pursed. * His favorite movies are "The Big Blue" and "Shine." * His favorite band is "Wham!" and he absolutely loves Boy George. * His favorite TV show is "Absolutely Fabulous." * His family is mostly of Italian heritage. His hobbies include writing, photography, travelling and architectural design. * He worked as a model travelling to Paris, Milan and Tokyo. * Among his crowning achievements was receiving a regional Emmy award nomination for his work as a host on a local San Diego TV Show at the age of 18. * Although he used to prefer acting to sports, but now playing basketball in his spare time. * His all-time favorite actors are Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep. * He is not to be confused with the country-bluegrass musician Jeremy Garrett. * He speaks fluent Italian and does speak it when the entire family is together. Everyone in his family speaks it except for his father. * Like his "Sweet Valley High" co-star Cynthia Daniel, he is a photographer and plans on having his photos of his tour through Europe published someday. Personal Quotes From Mr. Vincent Garrett Himself: * "Many a time getting your first shot at a role is based on your look. You can get your foot in the door. But if your talent doesn't match your look then the door quickly closes." * (Does he get nervous around girls?): "The only time I get butterflies is when I go on a date for the first time - I get so scared of messing up. But I just take a couple of deep breaths and start talking." * "My motto for life is: pick a job you like and you'll never have to work a day in your life." * "I write in my spare time. I've just about finished a screenplay about a young boy who has to choose between his girl and the Mafia. I'm going to play the lead!" * (On his interest of photography): " 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, 'Ugh, what am I going to do with a camera, I'll be stuck taking family photos all the time.' But you know what, I fell in love with it. Then I started assisting a photographer in San Diego and then here in L.A. I wanted to go into fashion photography, travel around the world doing pictorials for magazines, I'm so into that. But sometimes you have two loves and you have to decide which one is loving you more." * (What scent he enjoys the most): "I love fruity creams from The Body Shop. They do a Dewberry moisturizer and if I smell that on a girl I get a hungry feeling!" * (Do girls ask him out because of his stint on "Sweet Valley High"?): "My episodes have only just started showing, so it hasn't made much difference. I've always been quite a flirt though, so I've never had trouble talking to girls." * "It blows my mind how, no matter what they say in Shakespeare plays, it sounds beautiful. Instead of just say 'good-bye, ' you say a ten-line poem which is so beautiful. No wonder girls commit suicide over you." * "It's hard to tell people that you're good-looking. I know I had nothing to do with it. So I say, 'Thank my parents. They're the ones with the good genes.' " * "When a girl keeps looking down at my shoes, I can tell she's really not into me." * "Sometimes I'll go to the record store, pick up some music I never heard before, and end up getting some really great stuff." * "If I can trust a girl and she trusts me, I know we've got everything going on. But without total trust, feelings are about to get hurt." * (His own personal idea of the perfect romantic getaway spot): "The island of Capri in Italy. It's very clean, quiet and isolated, so I can really get to know a girl there." * (His personal ultimate hook-up): "I was modeling in Italy, and I had no idea how to get where I was supposed to go. So I asked a pretty girl on the street for directions and she took me there. I gave her my phone number and she called me a month later... after she broke up with her boyfriend!