Though Step Up Revolution‘s Ryan Guzman auditioned alongside many actresses for the highly anticipated dance flick, he tells Celebuzz that there was instant chemistry when he first met with costar Kathryn McCormick.
“When I first met her, she stood out,” Guzman, 24, recalls. “As soon as I met her, she just welcomed me with opened arms. She gave me a hug right away.”
He continues, “It was a breath of fresh air. It was like, ‘Okay, this is a real person.'”
How did McCormick feel about their screen test that fateful day?
“I don’t know what happened but all the fear dropped,” she tells us about auditioning for her first feature film. “It was just a moment we created. It felt so right.”
In the movie, Guzman and McCormick play Sean and Emily, two star crossed lovers whose love for dance bring them together to stop Emily’s father from destroying the neighborhood that Sean inhabits.
“I’ve never had that in an audition,” Guzman continues about their onscreen chemistry. “It showed as soon as we went in to read our lines together. The director kind of took a step back and said, “Wow, there’s some magic in the air.”
As the fourth installment of the popular Step Up franchise, Guzman and McCormick admittedly had some big shoes to fill — stepping up (pun intended) to continue the dance saga made famous by costars and real-life couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
“We knew we were stepping into our own stories and, if anything, we were excited about the challenge,” McCormick says.
“It’s a family,” she adds. “With that, it only brings out the best in you.”
Watch the video — above — for more from our interview with the stars of Step Up Revolution, out in theaters on July 27.
Be sure catch Celebuzz’s first look at the first four minutes of the film, below.
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