‘9-1-1’ Star Oliver Stark Was Surprised How Much Co-Star Grew

by Jacklyn Krol

Oliver Stark could not believe how big his littlest 9-1-1 co-star grew.

Gavin McHugh who portrays Christopher Diaz on the show and joined the cast during Season 2. When Stark looks back at past episodes, he can hardly believe his eyes.

“When I watch an earlier season and think about [Gavin] now, ‘what happened? You are so big!'” Oliver told Hello Magazine.”When you see someone weekly you don’t notice changes until you go back and look, and – you were a kid and now you’re turning into a young adult! But it’s strange and lovely to be a big part of that.”

One of the highlights of his work day is getting the chance to work with McHugh. He teased that in the upcoming episodes, fans will see more Buck and Christopher quality time.

“I see fans loved it, and for me personally it is so lovely working with Gavin,” he said. “He’s such a great spirit and really brilliant at what he does, and he’s a nice person to work with.”

Stark mentioned that he enjoyed the 9-1-1 storyline where his character would become Christopher’s legal guardian if something happened to his father, Eddie. He said, “[It was] a nod to the connection these two guys have which cannot be denied, there is something really close between them, and meaningful”.

Stark revealed that the major life decision will affect his character while he “struggles” in the future. He believes that Season 5B will bring Buck some insight.

“I think one of the main things we get to see in [5B] is that Buck has a block when it comes to understanding why Eddie would want to do it long term,” he explained. “It comes from a place of wanting his partner by his side. Buck will struggle, and won’t completely understand – but he will have to get used to it.”

‘9-1-1’ Family Connection

Ryan Guzman, who portrays Eddie Diaz on 9-1-1 was able to get a family member hired for the show. Fans may remember the 2020 episode entitled “Eddie, Begins” where they rescue a child in a well. This made Eddie have flashbacks to his time in the military in Afghanistan.

“I got to actually get my cousin hired,” Ryan Guzman shared with Hollywood Life. “He’s ex-military and he’s on his fifth or sixth tour.”

At just 25, he has served and experienced some intense situations. So he served as Guzman’s technical advisor for the emotional flashback scenes.

“He ended up coming over to become a technical advisor and actually reorganizing a lot the Afghanistan stuff,” Guzman continued. “So that was a cool aspect of bringing my family and getting hired on 9-1-1 of all things.”