My friends had told me I needed to get into acting class, but I didn't really take the time away from dance to do it, so I think acting kind of found me," she says.
"I heard about the role, and I thought 'I probably have no shot at this,' but it kind of intimidated me, so I didn't want to be intimidated, and I wanted to overcome that."The story of the "Step Up" franchise's fourth film is about Guzman's character, a Miami hotel employee named Sean, and Mc Cormick's character, Emily, the daughter of a local hotel owner, falling in love.
The movie's other star, Kathryn Mc Cormick, has been dancing since age 3.
Before his audition, the model-turned-actor and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter was watching You Tube videos to learn some moves.
"Then I had a way where when I got to the audition, I was going to put myself around the other actors that I knew couldn't dance, which would make me look a little bit better," Guzman tells omg!
Zimbio: When people compare you [Guzman] to Tatum, does that flatter or bother you? Just to be in the same sentence as him is an honor.
He started the franchise for , so I gotta give credit where credit's due. Guzman: When a bunch of professional dancers take over a club, it's just asking for it.
But at the same time, I'm going to be Ryan Guzman, I'm going to be me. I was trying to land a contemporary piece and I injured my butt muscle [laughs]. And the doctors were like, 'here's some painkillers,' but obviously I couldn't take that week off so I kinda just danced through the butt pain. Guzman: Find some shade, first off, because it is hot. if you want a scenery, of among other things, the ocean, the air, the, you know, the females out there. I remember we went to this club Dulce and there was one dancer in the middle of us the whole time, and the DJ was just throwin' out our names, like ' is in the building right now, turn it up!
And maybe years from now people will be comparing people to me and not Channing Tatum. Guzman: You focus on one instrument from the whole song and you match a move to that. I think I strained my hamstring or something like that, then I fell down. ' And there are like a hundred plus people who left the dance floor or the table they were at and were watching us now.
And then you work to the second move and the third move, and by the end you've got a full eight count to dubstep and actually it looks — dubstep is one of my favorite things to dance to, because when you do hit it right, it looks so good. And I didn't realize this but when the lead of a movie is sweating too much, people freak out. Mc Cormick: It's the funniest thing to have like a group of 20 professional dancers walk into a dance club and take up the whole space, because they just start breaking out in dance that's on a completely different level and just a shock to everyone, and it's so funny.
We used to do that all the time and see the different reactions.
Z: How crazy is it seeing yourself on the big screen? It's really hard to look at your head that big, your face that big, everything. But once we had our premiere, and it was my fourth time, I was really proud and I let go of being critical. Mc Cormick: In dancing there's no personal space, so I think that was a little uncomfortable for Ryan at first. ' And I was like 'Yeah, you gotta catch me, just like whatever it takes, I don't want to hit the ground, OK? The whole movie was just a great bonding experience.