THE LAST WORD... ‘ soul’ It is very hard and drain­ing on the

WITH STAR RYAN GUZ­MAN

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - WithColinVick­ery

“I switched to tele­vi­sion for He­roes Reborn af­ter do­ing two StepUp movies and TheBoyNex­tDoor (op­po­site Jen­nifer Lopez) be­cause of the role of Car­los Gu­tier­rez.

He is a Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can army vet­eran and he’s ev­ery­thing I’ve wanted to play. I put it out into the world that I wanted to get some­thing like that and it came back to me. Car­los is in a state of con­flict with him­self be­cause he has been hon­oured as a hero but he doesn’t truly be­lieve in him­self. That is the in­ter­nal strug­gle he goes through.

At the same time he bat­tles with PTSD (Post Trau­matic Stress Syn­drome) that he has from serv­ing in Afghanistan.

That en­tails a lot, in­clud­ing los­ing some peo­ple in your life that are very close to you. It is very hard and drain­ing on the soul es­pe­cially if some­one is ask­ing you to take part in chang­ing the world.

He is one of those char­ac­ters that take one step for­ward and then two steps back.

I have a cousin in Afghanistan right now. He told me what he has been go­ing through be­fore I did the show. I was able to pick his brain.

When I was younger I dreamt of be­ing a navy SEAL. I did so much re­search on it. I read about Richard Marcinko who com­manded Seal Team Six. It has al­ways been an in­trigu­ing thing – these guys are will­ing to give their life, heart and soul for a belief in their coun­try.

I was of­fered the op­por­tu­nity with StepUp to get into the film in­dus­try. I had never danced be­fore. I thought of it as a chal­lenge so I learned how to dance, which is some­thing I’d al­ways wanted to do any­way.

I tried to do as best I could on film while also learn­ing how to act.

Af­ter StepUp, I was per­ceived as just a dancer. I’d go to au­di­tions and they’d say, ‘What are you do­ing here? I thought you were a dancer’. I’d go, ‘I’m not a dancer, I’m an ac­tor’.

It was one of those things where you can get trapped very easily. You can get pi­geon­holed. I kind of wel­comed that, though.

I worked on my act­ing and I tried to show that off in TheBoyNex­tDoor and give the au­di­ence a new feel on what I can do.

With Richard Lin­klater ( Boy­hood) I’m do­ing Every­bodyWantsSome which will show off my comedic skills. With He­roes I’m show­ing off a lit­tle bit more drama and ac­tion.

I’m one of those peo­ple that al­ways want to grow and change. If I’m not head­ing for­ward then I’m head­ing back­wards.” HE­ROES REBORN WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM, SEVEN

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