Step Up Revolution Stars Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick on Inspiration, Extreme Heat, and Evil Jellyfish in Miami
Kathryn, because you didn't dance in that scene, do you have any desire to go out and find some random cars to dance on?
McCormick: (laughing) I mean, sure! Why not? It was cool because I didn't get to do that scene, but we actually performed at The Trevor Project, which is a benefit that [producer] Adam Shankman put on this year, and I got to learn the choreography from Ocean Drive, so I feel like I'm kind of a part of it.... I didn't get to perform on cars, but I got to perform on a table and a piano... in the restaurant scene with Emily's initiation mob. So, you know, we all had our props.
What was the best part in filming down in Miami?
Guzman: Being with such a cool group.... I really connected with the people that played the cast of my mob. We'd hang out all of the time, even when we were not filming. I'd invite them to do some freestyle sessions in the gym, just so I could pick up dancing a little bit better and get it in tune with my body. And they became family for me.... We just have this new level of respect and love for each other.
McCormick: I think it was the same. It was the people... Everyone who was a part of the film, whether they worked on 3-D, whether they were the ones who kinda kept track of all the dancers, whoever, we all became close.
Miami is a crazy city, and we're often in the news for things like, uh, zombies. Do you have any crazy stories or any crazy things that happened while you were down here filming?
Guzman: Oh. We do.
Actually on one of our off days, Kathryn decided she wanted everyone to go do jet skiing. And so me, Misha [Gabriel, who plays Eddy], [Stephen] tWitch [Boss, who plays Jason], and Kathryn went to this jet skiing experience.
McCormick: And just to set it up, I was so excited, and I planned this whole day and I think it's going to be beautiful. It's going to be so, like, peaceful and nice and fun and then...
Guzman: And we get there, and we meet this guy Hector. He doesn't have a last name; we didn't know his last name.
So, uh, we meet this guy and he takes us out and he goes, right in the beginning he goes, "I'm going to take you to a spot that's very, very warm, very cool. You can jump in the ocean and, you know, swim, and it will be OK." So we're all looking at each other like, "Should we do it? OK, we'll do it! It's fine."
So we go jet skiing for a good hour. He finally takes us to this spot. And I end up looking at him and he goes, "Yeah, this is the spot. Feel free! Jump in! This is it!"
So I look at Misha and without even hesitation, I just jump in and I'm loving it because it is really, really warm and I'm having the time of my life. Misha looks at me, and he's like, "If Ryan's doing it, I'm going to do it too." And so he jumps in. And then tWitch...
McCormick: tWitch and I, we're about to jump in and we kind of look at each other, and we're like, "Do you feel weird about this?" And he was like, "Yeah." And I was like, "Don't do it. Don't do it!" And we didn't. And the next thing we know...
Guzman: ...there's a bunch of jellyfish. Like, I'm talking like a swarm of jellyfish all around me and Misha. So Misha quickly gets out, and I'm so far away from my jet ski that I have to swim back to my jet ski, and it takes me like three or four minutes and I get stung.
I'm just feeling like this jelly substance going over my body, like as I'm going to the jet ski. And I get back on the jet ski and you get all this tingly feeling. And it's a horrible, horrible feeling. So just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, we get back, and the guy starts blaming us for getting hurt and starts yelling at us. And actually Misha loses it, and I'd say he plays his character to a T because he ended up being Eddy and I ended up being Sean right then and there because I was very, very quiet, and I let him do his thing until he ended up threatening Misha, and then I stood in and kind of almost got into a fight, but not really. And we walked away from the thing but it was crazy. We got stung by jellyfish!