Can you attest to the fact that the dancing is all real? I am usually proud that I do my own stunts, but there’s a move towards the end of the film, between me and Briana, that I couldn’t do.
Step Up All In takes one of the most popular dance franchises in film history to all new heights, following Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) as he tries to make it in Hollywood, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world.
When he meets the headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan), they form a new dance crew that reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition that will make their dreams come true. Being the first lead to be invited back as a lead in another Step Up movie, I was all smiles.
They realize that neither of them are completely right, and they need both sides, in this industry.
The dancing in these movies is really awe-inspiring, gravity-defying and almost otherworldly, in a lot of ways, and because of that, people think there must be trickery and special effects involved. Everything you see is completely real, aside from one trick.
Sean is really about the competition and winning, and Andie is really about the importance of family, which creates an interesting dynamic. He turns his back on everybody who he thought turned their back on him, so all he has in front of him is his work, and that’s what his focus is on.
I can definitely relate to the work aspect of that.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Ryan Guzman talked about how shocked he was when he was invited back for another Step Up film (he was in Step Up Revolution), why he liked the concept of being teamed up with Briana Evigan, the dynamic between Sean and Andie, how there are no special effects added to the dancing, his favorite dance sequence in the film, and just how much the fans love Moose (Adam Sevani). Is it extra cool because you are one of the only leads that doesn’t come from a background of dance training? I know Robert Hoffman is a dancer and Channing [Tatum] is a dancer.
He also talked about his experience on Jem and the Holograms, his 15-minute vocal lesson to prepare him for the singing, having a look that doesn’t include Rio’s signature long purple hair and telling an origin story for the characters, as well as what it was like to work with Jennifer Lopez on The Boy Next Door. It was cool that they believed in me so much that they wanted to do another movie with me.
Is the dancing easier, once you’ve already done a Step Up movie, or is it as big of a challenge each time?
GUZMAN: Each one shows a different style, but it was a little easier this time. I was just seeing it, right in front of my eyes, and trying to learn from that.
What have you enjoyed about working with Adam Sevani?