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WITH STAR RYAN GUZMAN
“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