‘9-1-1’: How Ryan Guzman Helped Create Eddie Diaz’s ‘Dark’ Past

by Jacklyn Krol

Did you know that 9-1-1 star Ryan Guzman helped form Eddie Diaz’s history?

In an interview with The Wrap, Guzman discussed the beginning of Season 3, when 9-1-1 explored his past life.

“We dove into Eddie’s MMA career and his anger issues and what he hasn’t really revolved with his deceased wife,” Guzman said. “And somewhere in the middle part of that is where I was told that Eddie would finally get his backstory and I was elated.”

The 9-1-1 creators let him help craft Eddie’s storyline and he had so many ideas.

“I had so many ideas and I wanted to dive deep into a dark history of Eddie and really understand why he’s so closed off and why he doesn’t really speak his mind too much. And they gave me the proper time to do that with this episode.”

Guzman also explained that the hardest battle for Diaz was the trauma that he endured after Afghanistan.

“The hardest battle that Eddie had was when he came back home to his then-wife and his mother and his father trying to tell him what’s best for his child. So everything in ‘Eddie Begins’ is more so a battle of him trying to overcome everything that is telling him to go one way, while he knows he needs to be going another,” he shared.

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The cast and crew of 9-1-1 are like family. This is especially true for Guzman and Gavin McHugh who plays his character’s son Chris Diaz. He shared a sweet story of how much the youngest 9-1-1 star thinks of him.

“I actually woke up to a text message from Gavin’s mom,” Guzman told TVLine. “And it was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read in my entire life,” he says. “Gavin had a school project where he had to pick an interesting person that inspires him, and he wrote about me. He could have chosen anyone, but he wrote about me. He was like, ‘I love Ryan. We have so much fun and he’s such a great person.’ That just warmed my heart.”

He described McHugh as a “light that you can’t shut off” which makes sense. Whenever he walks into rooms, you can’t help but smile with a laugh that is “so infectious.”

“He’s made me even more excited as a soon-to-be father to get to that place with my own child. I feel very privileged that my character gets to spend time with him,” he added.

In a past promotional video, Guzman was expecting his first child and envisioned that his own son would be like McHugh. “Working with that kid is probably one of my favorite things of all time,” he said.