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Ryan Guzman, Style Hero

The former MMA fighter stars in NBC’s hit "Heroes" reboot, yet still finds time to write, paint, do martial arts, and rock a biker jacket.
Jeff Lipsky

Once an actor’s performed steamy onscreen sex scenes with J-Lo—as Ryan Guzman did in 2015’s The Boy Next Door—you’d think he’d use any rare downtime to relax and, just, well, replay those moments in his head. Not Guzman. Instead, the 28-year-old ex–MMA fighter and Heroes Reborn star oil paints (“an unforgiving medium”) and works on his screenplay (“a gritty MMA Rocky story”). And that’s aside from his regular Muay-Thai-meets-taekwondo workout.

“I’m always trying to find out what I can do better, and how I can do it,” says Guzman about what drives him. “I don’t think I’m great yet—there’s always someone else who’s worked a little bit harder.”

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His drive’s certainly paid off career-wise: He leaped from modeling to TV ads to starring in 2012’s Step Up Revolution in just a matter of months. Next spring he hits the screen in Everybody Wants Some, Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused.
It’s the challenge that always draws Guzman. Take the oil painting: “It frustrated the hell out of me in the beginning,” he says. “But by the third painting I felt at home—like I was almost able to fly away.”

The Biker Jacket
With its rugged biker silhouette, rich leather, and upscale details, Michael Bastian’s new motorcycle jacket pairs equally well with a casual cotton henley and a vintage Honda cycle. The choice of brown over black “makes it more refined and individual,” says the designer. But you can still beat the hell out of it: “It molds to your body over time and just keeps getting better.”

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