Who is Ryan Paevey?
Fans of the romantic drama series “General Hospital” were disappointed when the actor Ryan Paevey announced in January 2018 that he was leaving the show. He was playing the character of Nathan West, an heroic ‘good guy’ and love interest for Kirsten Storm’s character, Maxie Jones.
He made appearances in 284 episodes from 2013 until 2018, and although he had no nominations for his performance, Ryan was well-accepted by the audience, and critics praised his acting.
If you’ve been wondering what he’s up to now, or want to know more about his life and career, let us introduce you to this former model, who’s proved that he isn’t just a pretty face, but also a talented actor.
Early life, family, and education
Born Ryan Jacob Paevey-Vlieger under the zodiac sign of Libra on 24 September 1984, in Torrance, California USA, he was raised in Los Angeles, California by his parents Linda Paevey and Les Vlieger, alongside his younger sister Kaitlyn. He holds American nationality although he comes from a family of Indonesian and Dutch descent.
As a teenager, Ryan worked in construction with his father, also as a bartender, before he was scouted by a modeling agency during his senior year in high school. Speaking of his educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2002, he didn’t enroll in college but pursued his modeling career, working for various popular brands.
As a model, Ryan made an appearance in music videos for famous musicians such as Cher and Katy Perry, and also featured in the music video for the songs “Sex Therapy” by Robin Thicke (2009), Toni Braxton’s “Hands Tied” (2010), and Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body” (2012).
Roles in movies
Ryan made his acting debut as Tom in the 2011 short movie “The Girl with the Gloves”, written and directed by Lindsay Seim. He followed with his role as Jonathan in the comedy horror “4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker”, which was nominated for the 2012 Action on Film International Film Festival, USA Award for Best Horror Film-Feature.
One of his most notable movie roles came in 2016, when he was cast to play Donovan Darcy in the Hallmark Channel’s movie “Unleashing Mr. Darcy”, a modern spin-off, based on the novel “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen; the movie won the WorldFest Houston Platinum Remi Award for Best Feature Film.
In the following year, Ryan was seen starring in “Locked In” and “Harvest Love”, while in 2018, he made his big-screen debut by reprising his role as Donovan Darcy in “Marrying Mr. Darcy” opposite Cindy Busby.
In the same year, Ryan starred as Mac in “Hope at Christmas”, another of Hallmark’s romantic dramas, which followed the story of a divorced young woman Sydney, who inherited her grandmother’s house and while visiting the town meets a single teacher, the owner of a bookstore, with whom she ends up preparing for Christmas season.
In 2019, Ryan was seen as Tod Cooper in “From Friend to Fiancée”, followed by his roles in “A Summer Romance” and “Christmas at the Plaza”, in the same year.
You must have already realized that Ryan became one of the stars of Hallmark Channel’s movies, so in the following years, he starred in “Matching Hearts” and “A Timeless Christmas” (2020), “A Little Daytime Drama” and “Coyote Creek Christmas” (2021).
Although there were some rumors that Ryan is leaving Hallmark, his fans can relax. He just finished the filming of “A Fabled Holiday”, which is currently in development, while they can enjoy watching him in the 2022 TV movie “Two Tickets to Paradise” which premiered in June.
Hallmark Movie "Two Tickets to Paradise" turned the Convention Center into a Hawaiian Airlines gate today. Ryan Paevey and Ashley Williams on set. pic.twitter.com/nb1jEScCGh
— Reel News Hawaii (@reelnewshawaii) April 20, 2022
Roles in series
Ryan made his television series debut portraying Simon in an episode of the series “The Client List” in 2013. Soon afterwards, he was cast to play his most significant role to date, as Nathan West in “General Hospital”. This romantic drama series began airing in 1963, and since then has had 651 award nominations, and won 306. It follows the story of citizens of Port Charles, New York State, friends, enemies, families and lovers, and life-changing moments in a busy hospital.
After the aforementioned role, Ryan guest starred as Victor Lake in the comedy-drama “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in 2018, and then in 2019 had the recurring role of Bryce in “Games People Play”.
Love life, Wife, and children
Ryan often plays romantic and gentle guys, so it isn’t surprising that his fans want to know more about his love life. There were rumors about his sexual orientation, however, Ryan confirmed that he’s straight, although he supports the LGBT community.
Many of his female fans were disappointed when the rumors about him being married began circulating the internet and tabloids, and so they will perhaps be happy to hear that this was false news. The rumors were saying that he secretly married actress, Linda Leslie, and the funny story is that they have never met or worked together.
The photos featuring him in a tuxedo and a blonde woman in a wedding dress were a reason for these assumptions, however, the truth is that the photo was taken on the set of the movie he was filming. Also, on the internet, you can find a photo of him with a baby in his lap, and this started rumors saying that he became a father. Again, the truth is far from the assumption – the baby in the photo is of his co-star from “General Hospital”, Kirsten Storms.
Ryan is quite secretive when it comes to his personal matters, thus he hasn’t spoken about his relationships. As of October 2022, it’s assumed that he’s single; he hasn’t been married, and doesn’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
The 38-year-old actor is known for his curly brown hair and cobalt-blue eyes. If you wondered about his height, he’s 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, and since he takes care of his body by working out at the gym, his weight of 200lbs (90kgs) seems to perfectly fit.
When it comes to his income, he has earned a decent amount of money thanks to his good looks and acting talent. He also has his own brand, Fortunate Wanderer which he sells outdoor gear, photos from his traveling, and hand-made jewelry, so according to sources, he has a net worth estimated at around $3 million.