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Ryan Paevey
Born Ryan Jacob Paevey-Vlieger
September 24, 1984
Torrance, California
Age 36
General Hospital
Character Nathan West
Duration 2013-2018

Ryan Paevey (born September 24, 1984) is an American actor and model best known for his contract role as Nathan West on the soap opera General Hospital, a role he originated on December 30, 2013.


Paevey's previous career consisted mostly of print and commercial modeling, as well as the 2012 film 4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker

As a model, Paevey has worked opposite Katy Perry and the legendary Cher. He also worked as body double for Robin Thicke during production of the music video for Thicke's "Sex Therapy." He also appeared in Christina Aguilera's 2012 music video for Your Body as he had previously worked with the video director.[1][2] He also shot a campaign for Izod.[3] Paevey has also appeared in a Corona commercial.[4] After working as model for quite sometime and booking commercials, Paevey was encouraged to try his hand at acting.[1] In December 2013, Paevey joined the cast of the ABC soap opera General Hospital in the contract role of Nathan West.[5] The gig was Paevey's first series regular role.[1] In October 2014, Paevey joined Extra as a guest co-host.[6] In 2015, Paevey was cast as the lead in the Hallmark Channel original movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy which premiered on January 23, 2016.[7]

In 2016, Paevey launched a brand called Fortunate Wanderer, selling custom prints of photography from his travels, handmade jewelry, and outdoor gear.[8]

Personal life

Paevey was born in 1984 Torrance and was raised in Los Angeles as the son of Les Vlieger and Linda Paevey.[4][9][1][3] He has a younger sister Kaitlyn, with whom he is homicidally overprotective of.[10]

Paevey ran track and cross country in high school. His hobbies include video games, surfing—which he did with his dad as a child—and cooking, and his favorite food is sushi. Paevey can speak some French and Japanese[11] and can read Japanese.[12][13] Paevey is of Dutch and Indonesian on his father's side.[9] Paevey is a self-proclaimed "nature boy."[1] Paevey also briefly lived in Harlem.[1]

Though Paevey did not plan to go into the entertainment industry, while in high school, he was scouted for modeling which eventually led to commercial acting. Paevey grew up working in construction with his father and bar tending.[3][14] Paevey explained that he initially turned down the modeling opportunities but eventually decided to act on one.[1]

Paevey has a motorcycle that he named "Lilith." In July 2015, Paevey was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a shattered wrist.[15]


Year Film Role Notes
2016 Bogie and Bacall Adlai Stevenson Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Girl with the Gloves Tom Short
2012 4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker Jonathan Film
2012 Hollywood Heights MK Bartender 4 episodes
2013 The Client List Simon Episode 210 "What Part of No?"
2013 General Hospital Nathan West Contract role; December 30, 2013 to present
2014 Extra Himself Guest co-host
2015 The View Himself Guest co-host
2015 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards Himself Presenter for Outstanding Morning Program
2016 Unleashing Mr. Darcy Donovan Darcy Television film; lead role
2017 The Storm Draven Lead role
2017 Harvest Love Will Nash Television film; lead role
Music videos
Year Music video Arist Role
2009 Sex Therapy Robin Thicke Body double for Thicke
2010 Hands Tied Toni Braxton Guy shooting pool
2012 Your Body Christina Aguilera Love interest

Official sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Levinsky, Mara (March 3, 2014). "Beginner's Luck". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 39 (9): 54–57. 
  2. 'GH's' Newest Star's Connection to Christina Aguliera. Soap Opera Network. Retrieved on 5 April 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Next Big Thing!". ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 18 (9): 82–83. March 3, 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Father's Say". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 40 (25): 66–67. June 22, 2015. 
  5. Ryan Paevey Cast as Nathan West On General Hospital! A New Hottie Set To Arrive In Port Charles!. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.
  6. WATCH: GH’s Ryan Paevey Becomes EXTRA TV Correspondent & Interviews His Castmates and EP Frank Valentini!. Retrieved on June 12, 2015.
  7. 'General Hospital's' Ryan Paevey Starring in Hallmark Channel's 'Unleashing Mr. Darcy'. Retrieved on July 16, 2016.
  8. About Us. Fortunate Wanderer. Retrieved on December 16, 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rossi, Rosemary A (May 26, 2014). "Paging Detective Sexypants". Feature Interview. ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 18 (21): 46–49. 
  12. "General Hospital: Ryan Paevey (Nathan)". Get To Know Me. Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 39 (14): 69. April 6, 2014. 
  13. "Life's a Beach!". Special. ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 18 (35): 50–54. September 1, 2014. 
  14. 10 Things You May Not Know About GH's Ryan Paevey. Retrieved on July 16, 2016.
  15. Ryan Paevey injured in motorcycle accident. Retrieved on July 16, 2016.