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Marrying Mr. Darcy press tour

by Yasmin/June 01, 2018/No Comments

Ryan has been busy doing press for Marrying Mr. Darcy. Here are interviews with Hallmark’s Home & Family, Extra TV and a Facebook live chat with Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

Interview with Media Village

by Yasmin/June 01, 2018/No Comments

Ryan did an interview with Media Village where he talks about Marrying Mr. Darcy and leaving General Hospital.

Ryan Paevey knew 2018 would be a year of change.  The dashing actor would be exiting his long-running role as Officer Nathan West on ABC’s General Hospital and while he was unsure of what was ahead, he knew there was one constant in his life — Hallmark Channel.  It was an association that began in 2016 with the movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy and continued in 2017 with Harvest Love.  Now Paevey is delighted to be back as Donovan Darcy in the sequel Marrying Mr. Darcy, which premieres Saturday night.  “It’s my second time filling Mr. Darcy’s shoes and it feels great because he has some pretty lovely [footwear],” Paevey said with a laugh during an exclusive interview with MediaVillage.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy was left open to the possibility of a sequel, and obviously we were all very hopeful.”  Happily, “the fan response was so overwhelming and almost constant for the last two years,” he continued.  “People were very vocal [about wanting] for another.  I really think that’s what made it happen.”

“The fandom in the Hallmark universe is just as lovely as the Hallmark universe itself,” Paevey said.  “It’s good to have a place to go where you can get that, and it gives me a sense of personal gratification to make someone who watches a Hallmark movie smile.  I’m a firm believer that there’s a place for every face and space.  If you want to see an action movie, that exists.  If you want heavy drama and mourning, that exists.  There needs to be something on the other end of the spectrum.  Hallmark is a happy place.  It’s a good thing to have a place where positivity is a constant.  I’m really honored to be a part of that.”

Marrying Mr. Darcy reunites Paevey with his Unleashing co-star Cindy Busby and picks up six months after philanthropist/businessman Darcy and schoolteacher Elizabeth Scott (Busby) encountered one another at a dog show.  Their rocky start has long mellowed and the couple is now blissfully in love.  But many new challenges arise when Elizabeth accepts Darcy’s marriage proposal, including the job of organizing a wedding and the daunting task of trying to keep at bay Darcy’s meddlesome Aunt Violet (Frances Fisher, pictured top right).  With differing views on everything from the scale of the event to the dress and the centerpieces, Darcy finds himself playing peacemaker and desperately trying to bring two very different families together.

For Paevey, playing Mr. Darcy is reassuring and comfortable.  “While he is a businessman, I’d like to think he has an edgy side,” he said of the character.  “I see him as someone modeled on the gentlemen of old, guys who are talented motorists and sportsmen, academics who speak languages — a little jack of all trades, maybe?  There’s a lot of stuff like that in me in that I’m a good traveler [and] I do a lot of adventure stuff.  So I have a lot that I keep trying to nudge Darcy’s way.”

While its doubtful Mr. Darcy will be making any major career moves, Paevey’s story is different.  The decision to leave General Hospital was indeed risky, but the actor knew it was time.  “I knew about the General Hospital departure in 2015,” he revealed.  “The plan was always that I would be there for a time, then move on to other things.  I learned so much.  I made many connections and friends I still talk to and hang out with.  It was a great part of my life.”  However, the decision to kill off his character was not his.  “I was completely blown away by it and honored by the sendoff that Nathan got,” he said.  “Nathan had a monumental, historical soap [departure].  The death arc went for about a month.  I was honestly astounded by the amount of established canvas used to mobilize that storyline.  And I am open to the idea that Nathan’s ghost may periodically come back.”

In the meantime, Paevey is content living life to it’s fullest.  He’s hoping for a third Mr. Darcy movie and is happy working on Fortunate Wanderer, the exquisite jewelry line he handcrafts.  He considers himself a student of life.  “The moment I began this acting journey it kind of felt like whitewater river rafting,” he said.  “You push away from shore and realize you’re part of a weird system that’s been in place for a long time without you.  I’m now part of it and it has control.  I knew GH was coming to an end.  I knew I’d be more involved with Hallmark in 2018.  I’m excited about the other projects I have going.  I do my jewelry thing.  I still travel and life is good.  I love learning; it’s not like you are going to run out of space.  I’d love to segue into producing or directing.  Spiral up!  Everything’s about spiraling up and expanding your universe.”

Hallmark has released more short interviews with Ryan for Marrying Mr Darcy and an “on location” feature.

The trailer for Marrying Mr. Darcy is out, as well as two video spots where Ryan and his co-star Cindy Busby talk wedding trends and traditions.

 

 

Ryan leaves ‘General Hospital’

by Yasmin/January 30, 2018/No Comments

Ryan has officially left ‘General Hospital’, the show he has called home for 4 years. He worked his last day January 18, and his last episode is expected to air one of these days.

Ryan talked to Soap Hub about his decision:

The actor says it was always his plan to stay for four years and then move on.

“My contract came up,” Paevey explains. “There are other avenues I want to explore. It’s an amicable parting. Our time together has run its course.”

He’s exiting Port Charles with nothing but gratitude. “I will forever be grateful for my time at GH, what it brought into my life, and what it taught me. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world.”

Paevey says he’s especially grateful to Frank Valentini, executive producer, and Mark Teschner, casting director, for “seeing something in me. Once I was on board, Kirsten [Storms, Maxie] was great in buoying me. Finola [Hughes, Anna] really took me under her wing and helped me learn the fundamentals.

“GH was my very first acting credit ever,” he continues. “It was my first time on a set. I had my own dressing room and I knew the security people. I had my own parking space! I got a taste of the life and worked with creative people daily.”

The actor’s decision to leave, he says, is part leap of faith given he doesn’t have much lined up outside of a sequel to his Hallmark movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy.

“I’m going out into the wild blue yonder,” he says, “I have to try.”

The actor’s been taking stage combat classes the last few years and says his dream role would be to play a Marvel superhero. He realizes anything is possible — including a return to GH.

“Michael Easton was Silas Clay when I first came on the show. Now, he’s Dr. Hamilton Finn. I’ve seen people come back!”

The actor wants to thank his fans for “supporting a newcomer like myself, who had a learning curve [ahead of him].”

A chuckling Paevey adds, “Not that I’m claiming any mastery now! I came into a world where I had no experience. There was such an outpouring of support from the fans. I don’t know that I’d be able to have done this without some semblance of support.”

Paevey takes with him many skills. “I’m comfortable on a set and with cameras. I know how to take direction. I know what ‘downstage’ is.”

Now that he’s wrapped, the actor has no intention of taking a vacation, but instead he wants to be ready for new opportunities. “I want to hit the ground running.”