‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Broke Down the Two Wars Eddie Has Fought

by Joe Rutland

For Ryan Guzman, who plays firefighter Eddie Diaz on 9-1-1, he has spent looking deeply into factors that have affected his character.

Guzman, who first appeared on the Fox first-responder drama in 2018, talked about this in a 2020 interview with Hollywood Life.

“When I started diving a little deeper into the trauma that Edie went through, I started to really understand that when he came home he fought a completely different war than he did in Afghanistan,” Guzman said. “I think for me, it was easier to fight the physical war in Afghanistan rather than the emotional war that he fought when coming back home.”

What the 9-1-1 actor speaks about is something military veterans have to deal with in a real-life sense.

Outsiders, make a note to catch Guzman and the rest of the 9-1-1 cast on Fox. The show is currently on hiatus until the spring. You can check out its spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which starts up in January.

‘9-1-1’ Star Says That He ‘Didn’t Know What to Expect’ When Joining Show

Joining a show with the likes of Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Oliver Stark might throw some people off their marks. But Guzman said, simply, that he just didn’t know what to expect when he first joined the 9-1-1 cast.

Guzman has been a part of the show since 2018.

He talked about this in a 2019 interview with Anthem. So Guzman said that he and co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt had an idea of what to prepare for.

“It’s the kind of prepare-for-the-worst-but-hope-for-the-best type deal,” Guzman said. “I’ve been on TV shows where the cast didn’t really get along and just acted like they were friends and family or whatnot. With this, I didn’t know what to do expect.”

Cast Member Happened To Get To Know Costar Jennifer Love Hewitt Off Set

What did he hear about the 9-1-1 cast and crew before getting there? They wanted to haze him.

That didn’t happen.

“They wanted to do something to me,” Guzman said. “So I was kind of preparing for that. But as soon as I got there, literally the second I landed to do promos with everybody, they were just welcoming and so inviting the whole time.”

Guzman then shared that the 9-1-1 crew actually listens to him. He also spoke about Love Hewitt.

“I didn’t have real scenes with her this season, but we connected offset,” he said. “She’s delightful. She gave my son gifts when he was born [and] she had done plenty of other things for my birthday.”

Love Hewitt plays Maddie Buckley, a 9-1-1 operator and the sister of Buck Buckley, played by Stark, on the show. She, Guzman, and the rest of the cast and crew will return in 2022.