Ryan Paevey Is Ready For BAT­TLE!

ABC Soaps In Depth - - News -

When ABC re­booted BAT­TLE OF THE NET­WORK STARS and in­vited GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Ryan Paevey (Nathan) to the games — he com­petes in the episode air­ing on Thurs­day, Au­gust 17 — he didn’t hes­i­tate. “I was like, ‘Dude, are you kid­ding me? I’d do this for free!’” the ac­tor tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “It’s like what I do for fun, all the time.”

The In Depth Story: The com­pe­ti­tion — which in­cludes ev­ery­thing from an ob­sta­cle course to archery — was shot over the course of a day back in May and saw Paevey team up with TV cops Marisol Ni­chols, Roma Maf­fia, Adrian Zmed (Basil, PAS­SIONS) and Fred Dryer against a fierce scifi fan­tasy team of Lou Fer­rigno, Vin­nie Jones, Charisma Car­pen­ter, Kevin Sorbo and Jill Wagner.

“As soon as I saw the lineup, I fig­ured, ‘Let’s just have fun,’” Paevey chuck­les. “We didn’t have an

ath­lete on [my] team. I’m not even an ath­lete my­self — I just do this stuff for fun. So the teams were hope­lessly stacked against us, but the whole day was pretty awe­some.”

In ad­di­tion to the ac­tion, Paevey en­joyed hang­ing with the other celebs. “I don’t get star struck… but I also don’t know what I was do­ing there,” dead­pans the ac­tor. “We’re from a to­tally dif­fer­ent uni­verse! It was awe­some to be around them and ev­ery­body was re­ally cool. We just talked and laughed about how sore we were, our joints crack­ing and pop­ping and the ab­surd neon pink shoes.”

The GH hunk walked away from BAT­TLE with sev­eral wins — in­clud­ing a record breaker — and con­fesses that he felt the burn af­ter­wards! “Hon­estly, it took me about 7 days to re­cover,” Paevey ad­mits. “The first two days, I could barely move my legs be­cause they were so messed up. I was blown away by how jacked up I got. Peo­ple don’t want to hear the whole ‘I’m get­ting old’ con­ver­sa­tion, but I am!”

Even as we wait to see Paevey do­ing BAT­TLE, we can’t help won­der­ing if he’d do it again. “I had a blast,” he ad­mits, adding that de­spite the aches and pains that came af­ter, “I def­i­nitely hope they bring me back next year!”

How did Det. SexyPants fare against The Hulk? “I beat Lou Fer­rigno in archery!” boasts Paevey.

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