“Step Up: All In” brings Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) back again after he became a fan favorite in “Step Up: The Revolution.” This time, Asa moves to Hollywood with visions of fame and fortune, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world. EXTRA talked to Guzman about his comeback and what we can expect to see in this fifth movie of the franchise, which comes out on Aug. 8.
EXTRA: What is different in this movie compared to “Step Up: The Revolution?”
Ryan Guzman: It is completely different. It has the same story line; extreme dancing and some of the best dancers in the world are coming together. The acting is better.
Tell us about Sean. What is his role this time and how is he different?
Sean was a lot more optimistic before. In this one, he has changed. The industry has made him more jaded. His family left him because of lack of finding jobs. His girlfriend has gone because of the job. He is very determined to make it as a dancer. He is trying to figure out how to make it in the industry. The relationship between Sean and Emily ends and he has to figure out if he believes in love. Andy and Sean connect. Both are very stubborn and fight for different reasons until they realize they need each other to make it work. I like him much better and he is a lot more flawed, and it is a lot more fun to play a flawed character.
Why Is Sean’s character back again?
To be honest, I have no clue. I am very grateful that I got brought back and got another chance. I hope everyone has a great time.
Do you love dancing and what is your personal connection to your character?
I do love dancing. I don’t do as much dancing as Sean but I find myself dancing when cleaning my house or when I am being an idiot in front of friends and family (laughs).
What training did you have to go through?
A lot of training. It is compared to a professional athlete working as hard as he or she can to be the best at the skill. We had three weeks to learn the dance. The moves are very natural and evolving. That was the hard part. We trained for nine hours every single day.
What is your ethnic background?
I am Mexican-American. My dad comes from Mexico and my mom is from California. I am very proud of both cultures. I really want to push the Latin side more. I know there are so many Latin kids out there that don’t think that they can make it. I would love to give back and show that this is possible and you can do it.
What advice do you have for them?
They are worth every penny that they spent on themselves to accomplish these goals. You can make it even if it’s not when you want to. Persevere. What I have seen from my Mexican culture is that we are strong-willed people. We can work extremely hard and put up with extreme disappointment and we can still persevere.
What challenges have you faced along the way?
It was difficult coming fresh faced and trying to make my way. I didn’t know I was going to be an actor. I was given the opportunity to do commercials and that’s where they saw my ability to act. I took a couple of classes and put myself out there. I feel very blessed and I want to give back so much.
Did you face challenges because of your last name and because you are half Latino?
It’s not that challenging because I don’t look the traditional Mexican. I was more seen as a white boy. I have let people know that is ignorant and that Latin people come in different sizes, colors and genders. It’s just trying to break down boundaries.
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