Ryan Ochoa started acting when he was just five years old. He got cast after going on his first audition ever to do a Greyhound commercial and his career was off and running. One of his earliest movies was "Christmas Carol" with Jim Carey, in which he did motion capture work. This led to Disney's "Mars Needs Moms," which landed him a gig on "iCarly." Firmly entrenched in the Disney family, Ryan was offered the role of Lanny on Disney XD's "Pair of Kings."
He has been playing the role of the evil cousin for three seasons. The series in ending in February after a four-part series finale but it's not the end of the road for Ryan. He and his three brothers — Raymond, Bobby and Rick — have big plans. In a recent exclusive interview, Ryan talked about "Pair of Kings" and what comes next.
On the set of Pair of Kings'
When we asked, Ryan couldn't pick one memory form his time on "Pair of Kings" that stood out. It was more about the atmosphere on the set. He couldn’t say enough nice things about his fellow cast mates. He is particularly close to Geno Segers, the only adult regular on the show, who plays Mason, the royal advisor to the kings. Ochoa stated, "He's the adult, the oldest one on the show and I'm the youngest. But me and him are the closest. I'm close with his family and he's close with my family. And everywhere we go, were always hanging out."
He is also very tight with his fellow young co-stars Adam Hicks, Kelsey Chow, Doc Shaw and ex-castmate Mitchel Musso. He acknowledged that since he's on set sometimes more than he's home, the other actors have become his surrogate family. He noted, "I really liked going to set every day and we really built something strong. And I think it showed on camera."
He continued, "It was a really happy set. Everybody there enjoyed working and coming to work every single day because they knew that everybody wanted to be there… It wasn't working a job to anybody. We were going to make a show and just have fun. And that's something that I took from that."
Ryan Ochoa turns to his brothers next
But with the show coming to an end, he's turning to his real life family for the next step. He shared, "With Disney there's always that option of going to do music. But I was never for that because and loved acting so I just wanted to do acting. After some careful consideration and thinking about ways to work with his three brothers, he figured out a niche. Ryan said, "There's four boys, this is kind of new. So why not build our own boy group?"
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