Benjamin Stockham: Meet The Boy From ‘About A Boy’

"I always wanted to be seen on TV!  I wanted to tell my friends, ‘That's me.’"

Benjamin Stockham

Benjamin Stockham made a television debut he might rather forget — as an extra on HANNAH MONTANA.

“I was the kid picking his nose on the Halloween episode,” he remembers with an embarrassed laugh.

“I was one of the trick-or-treaters.  I was a little sad that they got the scene where I was picking my nose.  It is actually in the episode on screen!”

And Benjamin — now a star of NBC’s hit comedy ABOUT A BOY — admits that wasn’t even the worst of it.

“In the episode I was eating candy and I choked on some and I blacked out,” he tells me.  Apparently [Miley Cyrus] was really worried about me.”

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Benjamin — who was born in La Mesa, Califonia — has since gone on to appear in several films as will as the short-lived sitcoms SONS OF TUCSON and 1600 PENN.

In ABOUT A BOY — an adaptation of the Nick Hornsby book and Hugh Grant movie — he stars as Marcus, an 11 year-old outsider who lives with his single mother (Minnie Driver) but forms an unusual bond with skirt-chasing adult neighbor, Will (David Walton).

About A Boy - Benjamin Stockham

Benjamin Stockham and David Walton are TV’s best new cross-generational buddies in NBC’s ‘About A Boy’. (Photo: NBC)

Here’s a few fun facts about this up-and-coming star.

1.  He’s always craved attention:  “I don’t remember exactly how I got into [acting], but I think I was just really interested…I always wanted to be seen on TV!  I wanted to tell my friends, ‘That’s me.’ I was doing background, and I saw these other actors.  I’m like, ‘Why do they get more?  I want more. I want lines.  Hey, can I get lines?’”

2.  He loves wearing beanies:   Benjamin discovered his love the knit hats while working on the ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME. “I’m like, ‘Wow, I don’t look stupid in this, at least not to me,’” he remembers. “So I started wearing these beanies, and I do it practically every day now. It’s kind of my style.”

3.  He’s taken:  “I have a girlfriend,” Benjamin says, without offering a name. “She is a year younger than I am. She is very supportive.  She is a commercial actress.

 4.  He considers himself a triple threat:  “Artistic, fun and handsome.”  That’s how the young actor jokingly describes himself.  “I like to draw.  And I think that acting is kind of an art, right?”

ABOUT A BOY airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on NBC.

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Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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