Following the birth of his first child in 2019, 9-1-1 star Ryan Guzman opened up about how becoming a father in real life affected his role as Eddie on the hit series.
During a 2019 interview with Anthem, Guzman spoke about the changes to his 9-1-1 role due to his personal life. “Everything is different now that I have a son,” Guzman explained. “My life took on new meaning after my son was born.”
The 9-1-1 star further explained even when his son was in his fiancee Chrysti Ane’s belly, it was this transition into a life that amplified everything the actor was doing. He stated that when he was doing scenes with his 9-1-1 co-star Gavin McHugh, who plays his son Christopher on the show, he would envision his own son. “There was this specific scene—one of our first scenes together—where I drive him to school, and as I was dropping him off, I was thinking about my son and started tearing up.”
The 9-1-1 actor goes on to admit that the new feelings surfaced while he was acting because of his son is a point that he never could’ve trained himself to get to before. “So it’s a new thing. I’m in a state of bliss with my son, and with the show.”
‘9-1-1’ Star Ryan Guzman Opens Up About HIs Mexican Heritage
While continuing his chat with Anthem, Ryan Guzman spoke about this 9-1-1 character, Eddie, and how his Mexican heritage has helped him get into character. “I’m so proud of my Mexican heritage and how I’ve come who I’ve become. And the fact that Mexicans are a diverse people.”
The 9-1-1 star further explained that it’s just the stereotypes that are used to describe Mexicans (mustache and brown skin). “You go to Mexic, and you see guys with red hair and light skin. And guys that look whiter than actual white guys in America. So I love the fact that they hired me for the simple face in speaking about peace and how they’re breaking down these stereotypes.”
Guzman also points out his 9-1-1 co-stars and their heritages as well. “We also have Aisha Hinds playing a lesbian, black firefighter, and see her struggles. Alongside Kenny Choi’s Korean-American character coming into a white, male-dominated job. We all kind of add the flavors to this show.”
In regards to how his 9-1-1 character handles his PTSD after being a soldier in Afghanistan, Guzman said he’s very happy about what’s happened so far in Eddie’s storyline. “I’d play army veterans and people from the service before. I’d explore extreme cases and sometimes not-so-serious cases of PTSD. I think Eddie’s PTSD is more introverted.”
Guzman added that he thinks Eddie needs something to calm his nerves. And the action of his job calms him down the most.