After watching Jason Ritter as the “good guy” Mark Cyr on “Parenthood” for many seasons, it’s hard to imagine him the “cheating scumbag” as it were, in the new movie “Always Woodstock.” But he plays “Garret,” the fiancé whose actions send lead character Catherine, played by Allison Miller, on her journey of self-discovery.
“He’s a self-obsessed, narcissistic actor,” Ritter says. “He doesn’t have all the tools to successfully be in a relationship.”
Ritter describes the film as a “sweet movie,” in which his role is not large, but pivotal and recurring.
“Even though he makes mistakes, people are in relationships like that all the time and then the person turns on the charm. It’s hard if you love someone because you want to forgive them and give them a second chance. It takes a long time to see that there’s a pattern. But I don’t think anyone will necessarily be rooting for my character,” he says with a laugh.
On the other hand, many viewers of “Parenthood” were rooting for his character Cyr to end up with Sarah Braverman (played by Lauren Graham).
“So was I,” Ritter says.
He admits he was slightly heartbroken that the course of events turned out the way they did in the relationship between Cyr and Braverman.
“I love that show so much and the people involved,” he says of the current final season of the show and the beloved Braverman family.
Ritter knows something about special family. His father, John Ritter and mother Nancy Morgan were his earliest influences and the reason he became an actor.
“Both my parents were actors, so growing up in Los Angeles, I would go on sets and see them doing it and see the realities of it,” says Ritter, who now knows the reality of having to say goodbye to a character after six years.
“I am going to miss all those people. I even watch them when I’m not part of the show. We’ve gotten to know them so well, seeing their personal successes, their failures. It’s going to be hard not to be able to check in with the Bravermans.”
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