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In the great tradition of onscreen hot firemen (hello, Backdraft), let us introduce you to 9-1-1′s newest character, Eddie Diaz, played by The Boy Next Door’s Ryan Guzman.
“Ryan’s character comes in the first episode, and there is definitely some tension between him and Buck (Oliver Stark) but it’s mostly on Buck’s part,” says executive producer Tim Minear. “Ryan’s character has his own issues: He’s a single father with a son with special needs, with cerebral palsy. And he’s an Army veteran who’s left the Army in order to raise his kid.”
Explains Minear, “A lot of these guys who have seen active duty transition into becoming first responders. It’s the adrenaline and the special skills that they required in theaters of war and so it makes perfect sense. It’s the regimen that they like. It’s a cousin to the military in some ways.”
The Fox hit about first responders stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and series newcomer Jennifer Love Hewitt. 9-1-1‘s two-night premiere starts Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET.