If you’re a Hallmark fan, then you’re sure to recognize the one and only Ryan Paevey and probably seen most, if not all of the movies he’s starred in. This Hallmark heartthrob got his start on the small screen by modeling and acting in music videos and soap operas, but truly made a name for himself as one of the most popular and beloved faces on the network.
Now, Ryan Paevey fans like us are rejoicing because his newest Hallmark film, Fourth Down and Love, airs September 9, 8/7c! Here, we get to know Paevey a bit better and the amazing films that have us head-over-heels.
How Ryan Paevey got his start
With his dark and handsome good looks it’s no surprise that this 6’1 California-native got his start not as an actor, but rather as a model. His modeling gigs put him opposite stars like Katy Perry, and he even did some work in music videos for artists ranging from Robin Thicke to Christina Aguilera.
It wasn’t until 2013 when his acting career really took off, after he took on the role of Nathan West on the longstanding soap opera, General Hospital. His stint on the show lasted a total of four years, but luckily gave us excellent eye-candy scenes like the one below.
Who is Ryan Paevey married to?
Paevey isn’t currently in a relationship, although he was previously tied to model Jesse Hinton. As far as tying the knot, in a 2018 interview with Extra when he was asked about when he wanted to get married, he joked, “I have no idea. I’m missing 50% of that equation, but I’ll keep you posted.” He continued, “I’m a workaholic. I don’t even have a dog. I have a thriving houseplant.”
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Top Ryan Paevey movies
If you’re looking to get your fix of this dreamboat, look no further: check out these 14 Ryan Paevey movies on Hallmark that you can watch on repeat — choosing a favorite is like choosing a star in the sky!
1. Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016)
In Ryan Paevey’s first of many Hallmark movies, he plays the role of Donovan Darcy, a dog show judge, alongside Elizabeth Scott, played by Cindy Busby. In this Hallmark spin on the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, the two find themselves at odds with one another when Busby’s character gets the opportunity for her dog to participate in a show.
2. Harvest Love (2017)
Paevey takes on another romantic lead in Harvest Love as the manager of a pear farm. Jen Lilley plays a widow who returns home to her family’s pear orchard with her son. The two come together in an unexpected romance, chock full of new beginnings.
Paevey talked to Soaps about his second go at a Hallmark film after the success of Unleashing Mr. Darcy: “I think the Hallmark family likes to keep things in the family. If you worked together and it was a positive experience, and it was a successful experience, then I think you’re in.” Here’s to hoping we never stop seeing Ryan Paevey in Hallmark movies!
3. Marrying Mr. Darcy (2018)
In the followup film to Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Scott finds herself wrapped up in her recent engagement to Donovan Darcy and overwhelmed at all that comes with planning a wedding. On top of that, a multitude of factors leave her wondering if becoming Mrs. Darcy is the right choice for her future.
“Unleashing Mr. Darcy was left open to the possibility of a sequel, and obviously we were all very hopeful,” Paevey told MediaVillage. “…The fan response was so overwhelming and almost constant for the last two years,” he said. “People were very vocal [about wanting] for another. I really think that’s what made it happen.” If there’s one thing you can say about Hallmark fans, it’s that they sure are loyal!
4. Hope at Christmas (2018)
Ryan Paevey stars alongside Scottie Thompson in this cozy Christmas classic. The film follows Rayanne, who returns to the small town she spent Christmas in as a child to sell a house she inherited. It’s there where she meets Paevey’s character, Mac, and sparks start flying.
5. From Friend to Fiancé (2019)
Ryan Paevey finds himself in a bit of a love triangle in From Friend to Fiancé. Engaged to the high school mean girl, he asks his childhood best friend, played by Jocelyn Hudson, to plan their wedding.
6. A Summer Romance (2019)
Hallmark fans will recognize a familiar face in this romantic film: When Calls the Heart‘s Erin Krakow! Krakow goes head to head with Paevey, as she attempts to save her family’s ranch from a real estate developer, played by Paevey. However, what she doesn’t expect is to fall for his charm.
In an interview with TV Insider, Paevey shared a funny tidbit about filming this sweet romance: “She and I are sitting next to each other, having a flirty scene, and the frogs that night were so loud, I couldn’t hear her speak,” he said. “So we did the whole scene basically by lip-reading each other, and then we dubbed the dialogue in [later].”
7. Christmas at the Plaza (2019)
In Christmas at the Plaza, Paevey plays Nick, a decorator working on the iconic Plaza Hotel. Simultaneously, historian Jessica, played by Elizabeth Henstridge, is working on an exhibit focused on the history of Christmas at the Plaza. When the two cross paths and ultimately begin working with one another, feelings start coming to the surface. However, Jessica is romantically involved with someone else and must make a big decision.
8. Matching Hearts (2020)
Ryan pairs up with Taylor Cole for the story of a matchmaker who must take on the task of finding love for an entrepreneur that believes his single-hood is the ultimate way.
9. A Timeless Christmas (2020)
Ryan Paevey takes a trip in A Timeless Christmas — a trip through time, that is. Paevey plays the role of Charles Whitley, who travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan, played by Erin Cahill, and gets to experience a modern-day Christmas.
“Time travel, I find very fascinating. There is some challenge, as an actor, to create some sudden shift as a man from the past learns how to find his place in a new present,” he told Sarah Scoop.
10. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2021)
Italia Ricci plays Miranda, who leads a bootcamp for the recently brokenhearted. Paevey, on the other hand, plays Ben, a reporter who is investigating just how legitimate Miranda’s operation truly is.
11. A Little Daytime Drama (2021)
Soap opera writer Maggie must team up with ex-boyfriend and soap opera star, played by Paevey, to save her show. Ironically, Paevey starred in the hit soap opera, General Hospital. Jen Lilley, who also stars in A Little Daytime Drama, actually also acted on General Hospital.
“We both come from the same soap background and very briefly from the same soap. We really narrowly missed working together. She played Maxie on General Hospital for a little while, shortly before I arrived on the scene, which is funny because Maxie is the character that Nathan, the character I played, ended up marrying. Isn’t that funny how things happen? Yeah. There’s a weird synchronicity in the universe sometimes,” Paevey told Fansided.
12. Coyote Creek Christmas (2021)
Coyote Creek Christmas puts Ryan Paevey alongside Janel Parrish. Parrish is planning her annual Christmas party at her family’s inn when she crosses paths with Paevey’s character and his son.
13. Two Tickets to Paradise (2022)
Paevey pairs up with Ashley Williams as a bride-to-be and groom-to-be both get left at the alter by their partners, but who decide to embark on their honeymoons alone anyway. This crazy coincidence leads them both to the same Hawaiian resort, where they realize just how much they have in common.
“This was like a dream project for me, pretty much across the board,” he told MediaVillage. “I got to do all my favorite stuff, and as you will see, it’s pretty hideous out there,” he joked about the picturesque Hawaiian filming locations. “It’s pretty tough to look at. [Those Oahu locations] were glorious.”
14. A Fabled Holiday (2022)
Paevey plays Anderson, opposite Brooke D’Orsay as Talia. The duo were childhood best friends who meet once again in a familiar town filled to the brim with Christmas spirit. Ryan Paevey sure knows how to shine when it comes to Christmas movies!
BONUS: Fourth Down and Love, out September 9!
Ryan Paevey shares the screen with fellow Hallmark sweetheart Pascale Hutton in his newest film, Fourth Down and Love. Just in time for football season, Pascale plays a mother to her football loving daughter, while Paevey plays a pro-football player and old flame who crosses her path. Tune into the premiere on September 9, 8/7c!
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