10 Things You Need To Know About Ryan Guzman

Have you seen our sizzling February 2015 cover, yet? We know what exactly what you're thinking: who's that smokin' hot guy posing with Jennifer Lopez? Meet Ryan Guzman, the Mexican-American actor, model, and MMA fighter set to take Hollywood by storm.

Guzman, 27, stars as Noah, a handsome high schooler, in the upcoming thriller, Boy Next Door. When his character becomes sexually involved with his friend's mother (played by Lopez), things take a wild — and violent — turn.

Before you see the movie next month, get the facts on the heartthrob.  Here are 10 things to know about our cover star, Ryan Guzman: 

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#1: He wanted to be a professional baseball player. 

In fact, Guzman grew up thinking he'd be a pro player... not an actor. "Getting into the MLB was my dream — to become a left-hander pitcher for the Yankees. That's what I was hoping, but life kind of went the other way. After hurting my arm and getting surgery, I [had to] venture out and do other things," he said.

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#2: He performed his own stunts when he starred in Step Up Revolution and Step Up All In. 

"I didn't want a body double," he said. "The initial thing was that they were going to cast a guy and they were just going to double him for the dancing sequence. I'm a very competitive person, so I wanted to be in the movie." Producers loved his dedication, so they nixed the stunt man. 

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#3: He puts those good looks to good use.

Before getting into acting, Guzman worked as a Calvin Klein underwear model. Let's just say: he looks great in his underwear.

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#4: He's a mixed martial arts fighter. 

This Step Up actor knows how to dance — and fight! He told us that he loves to do MMA training in his downtime. "That's my first love and passion," he said. 

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#5: He learned to professionally dance for his roles in the Step Up films.

"It [just]] kind of happened," he told us of the casting decision. "I mean, I had rhythm, that Latin side, that rhythm. But I think fighting helped me out with dancing because you're aware of your body. You know what your body can do and what it's capable of. The biggest challenge was [making] that leap from being that guy with rhythm to a professional dancer."

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#6: He loves to cook.

Are you ready for this, ladies? The hunk loves to cook, especially for the special women in his life. "I like to cook... I wouldn't mind cooking a dinner and then bringing it out to some scenic area," he told us when we asked about date ideas. "We would just have a lot of fun." Apparently, Guzman loves to whip up Latin dishes likes tripas, posoles and carnitas. 

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#7: He's very proud of his Mexican heritage. 

"I try my hardest to bring honor to my Mexican roots," he told Cosmo"Latin people are very passionate and loyal, and I will always remember who I am and where I come from."

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#8: He's a total neat freak.

"My place is really organized," he admitted to us. "My socks are even organized, colors and sizes. But when you're coming back from set, you want everything to be organized. If nothing is, your brain goes crazy."

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#9: He's taken, ladies!

Ryan Guzman has been happily dating Girl Code's Melanie Iglesias for over a year now. The gorgeous Latino couple love spreading their romance on Twitter and Instagram! 

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#10: You'll be seeing a lot of him in 2015.

In addition to Boy Next Door, which comes out January 23, Guzman stars in Jem and the Holograms, out in October. Guzman will play Rio in the movie version of the popular '80's animated series.

You can also plan on seeing, ahem, all of Guzman in Boy Next Door. "I never thought I'd be naked in front of the camera," he told us. "You see a lot of Ryan Guzman in this film."