EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Guzman Talks Filming ‘The Boy Next Door’ with J.Lo & More!

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Ryan Guzman is really starting to hit his stride. Cast as an unknown in the fourth Step Up film, Step Up: Revolution, the Mexican-American Guzman was ready for stardom, but it seems stardom wasn’t quite ready for him. After the film, Guzman kept working on indie projects, but now it seems he's about to become an even bigger star.

Yes, good things come to those who wait: he nabbed a guest role on Pretty Little Liars, was invited to do another Step Up, and is currently filming alongside Jennifer Lopez for the sexy thriller, The Boy Next Door, which is slated for release in 2015–and might just be the blockbuster that, dare we say it, makes him a bona fide movie star.

We caught up with the charming actor to talk about having chemistry with Jennifer Lopez, playing a villain, flirting on Twitter and more!

The last time we spoke to you, you were gearing up for the opening of Step Up: Revolution–and now you've completed an arc on Pretty Little Liars, you’re working on Step Up 5, and are currently filming The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez. What's been your reaction to everything that's happened thus far?

Yeah, wow. Just being thankful, feeling really blessed.  There was awhile where I wasn’t really working. I wasn’t doing anything of note, really. And I guess there’s that thing in every actor’s mind, especially when they’re not booking anything, where it’s like, “am I doing the right thing?” Luckily, I was chosen for Pretty Little Liars, and at that point my first thought was, “yes, thank God, a job. I’m employed!” But it really was a fantastic role and they ended up making the character stay on longer than expected. My character Jake was really only supposed to be on for one or two episodes, but that changed. It’s a blessing for sure. I just thank God; thank whoever’s up there, for all of this.

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