Ryan Paevey is an American model and actor who is best known for his role as Nathan West in the ABC soap opera 'General Hospital' from 2013 to 2018. His is also very popular for portraying Donovan Darcy in the 2016 telefilm 'Unleashing Mr. Darcy' and its 2018 sequel 'Marrying Mr. Darcy'. His other notable telefilms include '4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker', 'Harvest Love', 'Hope At Christmas', 'From Friend to Fiancé' and 'Dude Ranch'. He has also made guest appearances on the television series 'Hollywood Heights' and 'Games People Play'. His only film appearance so far has been in 'Bogie and Bacall' in 2016. Starting out as a model, he has worked on music videos for Robin Thicke's 'Sex Therapy', Toni Braxton's 'Hands Tied', and Christina Aguilera's 'Your Body'.
Rise to Stardom
Ryan Paevey, who as a youth helped his father in construction work and occasionally worked as a bartender, had no plan of entering the showbiz industry. However, he had plenty of offers to work as a model, which he initially refused several times, but eventually agreed on. In 2009, he worked as body double for Robin Thicke for the music video of his song 'Sex Therapy'. The following year, he appeared on the music video for Toni Braxton's song 'Hands Tied'. A director he previously worked for gave him the opportunity to work on Christina Aguilera's music video for 'Your Body' in 2012. Later, he also shot a campaign for Izod and featured in a Corona commercial.
Incidentally, during his early modeling career, he posed for many racy photoshoots which he now regrets. He recently told in an interview, "Man, there are a ton of pictures of me accessible to anyone who can use Google that I wish I hadn’t shot". Nevertheless, it is his modeling work that later paved the way for his acting debut. He shot for the short film 'The Girl with the Gloves' in 2011, and acted in the telefilm '4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker' the next year. Also in 2012, he got a recurring role on the drama series 'Hollywood Heights'. He started 2013 with a guest appearance on an episode of 'The Client List', and by the end of the year, bagged the breakthrough role of Nathan West on the medical drama series 'General Hospital', which he portrayed for 280 episodes until the series ended in 2018. He recently appeared as Bryce on the BET series 'Games People Play'.
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While Ryan Paevey's role in the TV series 'General Hospital' has been the single most significant achievement of his career, he has also worked on several made-for-television films, among other things. In 2016, he appeared as the male lead, Donovan Darcy, in the Hallmark Channel original movie 'Unleashing Mr. Darcy'. The popularity of the telefilm spawned a sequel in 2018 movie 'Marrying Mr. Darcy', in which he reprised his role. In the meantime, he also appeared as Will Nash in elefilm 'Harvest Love' in 2017 and as Mac in 'Hope At Christmas' in 2018. In 2019, he acted in the telefilms 'From Friend to Fiancé' and 'Dude Ranch'. He also served as the guest co-host on 'Extra' in 2014 and 'The View' in 2015. At the '42nd Daytime Emmy Awards' in 2015 he was the presenter for the 'Outstanding Morning Program' award.
He portrayed the role of Adlai Stevenson in the 2016 movie 'Bogie and Bacall' and will appear as Richard Belmont in the 2019 romance film 'A Summer Romance'.
Ryan Paevey, who is a self-proclaimed 'nature boy', considers hiking as his favorite pastime. He also loves to travel on either of his two motorcycles, Lillith and Sage. During his travels, he often took interesting photographs, which were much in demand by his fans. In August 2016, he decided to launch his outdoor adventure inspired company 'Fortunate Wanderer', based in Los Angeles, California, to sell his photographs. He eventually broadened the scope of his brand by offering a number of handcrafted "adventure inspired items", including jewelry.
Family & Personal Life
Ryan Jacob Paevey-Vlieger was born on September 24, 1984 in Torrance, California, United States, to Les Vlieger and Linda Paevey. He has a younger sister named Kaitlyn who is very close to him. He grew up with his family in Los Angeles, and also lived in Harlem for a short period of time. He has Dutch and Indonesian ancestry from his father's side. While he is fluent in English and French, he can also speak and Japanese. An athletic boy, he ran track and cross country in high school. During spare time, he loved to cook, play video games or surf with his father.
There have been rumors of him dating his co-star Kirsten Storms and model Jessa Hinton.