Ryan Guzman first danced his way into Hollywood as the lead in 2012 step up revolution that breakout performance led to the sequel step up all in stalking Jennifer Lopez in the boy next door as well as tv gigs on pretty little liars sheroes reborn and notorious.
Currently, Ryan Guzman stars as Eddie Diaz in the hit procedural 9-1-1 a part that unexpectedly fell into his lap.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ryan Guzman
1. Early Life
Ryan Guzman was born on September 21, 1987, in Abilene texas to ray Guzman and Lisa Guzman. His father is a Mexican immigrant who later settled in texas while his mother is of English German French Dutch and Swedish ancestry.
He has a younger brother named seven when he was quite young he relocated to Sacramento California where his mother had been born Guzman received his high school education at the west campus high school after he graduated in 2005 he enrolled at sierra college in Rocklin California.
2. He Was A Model
He was a model before he got into acting at the age of 18. Ryan Guzman decided to try modeling he took part in commercial campaigns for old navy Gillette candies and the own network and was a model for Calvin Klein Abercrombie and fitch affliction and reebok among others despite his early success though Ryan Guzman didn’t want to pursue it as a career he said
“Modeling was never for me. I never really enjoyed it at all. It’s very vain. It was either try acting or go back and fight.”
He subsequently hired a talent manager for a potential acting career
3. His Breakthrough Role
Once he decided he wanted to be an actor he wasted no time finding a leading role in 2012. Ryan Guzman got the part of sean again step up revolution is natural athleticism helped him fit into the physically demanding dance role.
He learned to dance professionally and performed all of his own stunts step up revolution was a commercial success earning over 140 million dollars at the box office he later reprised his role in 2014 instep up all in.
4. He Wanted To Play Baseball Professionally
When in college he played baseball he even harbored major league baseball aspirations but he hurt his arm and had to undergo surgery which effectively ended his prospect in the sport.
5. He’s A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
Besides baseball Ryan Guzman was also interested in martial arts since he was a child, he started practicing when he was seven years old and by the time he turned 11.
He was already a black belt in taekwondo he continued to be involved in mixed martial arts as he grew up and eventually turned professional.
He originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue the sport as a career but after his modeling career took off he let his fighting license expire however he does have plans to return to MMA eventually he’s venturing into
6. Production Direction and Screenwriting
In 2013 Ryan Guzman acted directed and wrote his own short film decent which dealt with how the mind can manipulate reality he said
“It was awesome to get behind the camera. I was the lead actor and, just because I knew what I wanted, it was a lot easier to act.”
It taught me so much about the industry and opened up my eyes to so many things
7. He Enjoys Drawing
When he’s not scribbling away he spends the rest of his free time drawing he said
“I like expressing myself through art. “I draw” whatever comes to mind. I’ve got a couple of drawings of a female that I saw in my mind a girl I just imagined maybe it’s my dream girl or something.”
He loves to cook Ryan Guzman admitted that
8. He Loves To Cook
Especially for the special women in his life, he told celebs
“I like to cook so I wouldn’t mind cooking a dinner and then bringing it out to some scenic area we would just have a lot of fun.”
9. He Prepared For His Role In The Boy Next Door By Researching Serial Killers
Ryan Guzman studied serial killers in order to inform a character who at the movie’s beginning appears charming and innocent only to become one of the most memorable movie villains in recent years, he told In Style
“I did a bunch of research on different serial killers because I feel like serial killers are people that you don’t ever see coming.”
“They’re these people that give off this fake life this fake attitude and play this game with others that are around them and hide their true nature.”
“And they slowly but surely let out their true nature and then finally when people find out they’re actually pretty evil, It’s way too late”
10. He Was Nervous While Filming The Sex Scenes With J.LO.
Jennifer Lopez and the boy next door the sex scene proved challenging for Guzman who admitted to Lopez on the day of the shooting that he was very nervous he told the rap.
She’s the one who told me, This is for the film, and without this particular piece being so memorable or passionate and intense one of the movies makes sense.”